While on sabbatical leave from Lehman’s, my friend Judy and I traveled 1000 miles south to participate in an Elderhostle in Natchez MS along the Mississippi River. While there, it was my pleasure to visit with a couple who have been customers of Lehman’s for many years. Due to my schedule our visit was brief, but being with this delightful couple certainly made my trip more memorable. It was the first time I actually visited with one of my customer friends…..how special ! Oh, we drove down in the blizzard of the decade (even snowed in Natchez) and as we left Natchez it was 83 degrees with blooming azaleas, iris and red bud trees only to return to more Ohio snow.
Natchez MS has been ruled by five different nations and is a town that has been forgotten by time. It is at the southern end of the Natchez Trace and established in the 1700’s but is best known for their many Antebellum mansions dating from the 1800’s which are still as they were when they were first built ! It wasn’t burned during the Civil War and has been preserved for all of us who want to experience authentic living history. Throughout the year a few of these homes are open to the public, however, during their Spring and Fall Pilgrimage about thirty of these private homes are open to the public.