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Settlers Day at Milepost 89 will be a celebration of those who contributed to the development of The Natchez Trace Parkway, America’s first national road as declared by Thomas Jefferson in 1802. The event will be held on Saturday, September 27, at the Clinton Visitor Center, from 9am-3pm sponsored by the Historical Events Committee and the Mississippi Humanities Council.

Settlers Day at Milepost 89 will take visitors on an interactive adventure with living historians, portraying the “Characters of the Trace” from the earliest times to the present. Living Historians will portray Native Americans who followed the migration trails of the animals leading to the creation of the Natchez Trace. Living Historians will also relate stories of Early European settlers and the boatmen who floated down the Mississippi River to sell their goods in Natchez and New Orleans and returned home by way of the early Trace. Characters of the Trace such as outlaws, ladies of the evening, musicians, preachers, farmers, and soldiers of two wars will also be portrayed.

There will be interactive stations for children to create arts and crafts relating to the history of the Trace, children’s games, live period music, craft demonstrations on the porch, and a cakewalk. Food vendors will be on hand so you can enjoy a picnic on the beautifully landscaped grounds, so bring your chairs or blankets. The event will be a hub for informative, fun, and entertaining activities for the entire family.

In conjunction with the event, Mississippi Old-Time Music Society will play period music on Sunday, September 7, at 1:30pm at the Clinton Visitor Center. Also, the Quisenberry Library will feature a series of lectures by Dr. Walter Howell, local historian: Thursday, September 18, Thursday, September 25, and Thursday, October 2 at 7:00pm. The series lectures will be “Slavery, Secession, and War: Clinton 1850-1865.

The Clinton Visitor center is located at 1300 Pinehaven Road, at MILEPOST 89 on the Natchez Trace Parkway. The Center has the look and authentic charm of an 1800’s style farmhouse once located along the Natchez Trace. For more information about Settlers Days at Milepost 89 contact or call 601-924-2221.

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