After spending the night in Jackson our first stop of the day was the Mississippi State Capitol. We were greeted warmly by the staff and even though we decided on a self-guided tour, the nice older tour guide gave us a brief intro. We enjoyed following our way through the sheet of information and also enjoyed hunting for the portrait of Robin Williams great grandfather among the governor portraits. They also had a really neat exhibit put together about the dome.
Following our visit to the capitol, we drove about an hour west to Vicksburg to visit Vicksburg National Military Park. We began our time in the visitor center, learning a little bit about life in Vicksburg during the Civil War and how the Union became victorious throughout the battle. Then it was back in the car for the driving tour of the battlefield. We simply used the guide we received when coming in and stopped at all the major numbers along the way. Plan extra time for this place folks! We were here far longer than I expected. About halfway through the park, there is another museum: The U.S.S. Cairo Museum, where you can see the remains of the U.S.S. Cairo, a battleship used during the Civil War. This was a highlight for Andrew during our visit to Vicksburg.
Our next stop took us even further west, into Epps, Louisiana. We visited Poverty Point National Historic Monument, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a State Historic Site. Similar to the Cahokia Mounds World Heritage Site in Cahokia, IL, here at Poverty Point you can see old Native America Mounds and the remnants of a city long forgotten. It was extremely hot and muggy the day we visited, so we opted not to climb the mound and just drove along the tram route in our car, stopping at the various numbers that guided us along the way.
Our time in Louisiana was short lived for the moment as we drove back southeast into Mississippi for the night to reach our hotel in Natchez. We were greeted warmly by the hotel staff at the Days Inn and even offered their free dinner they served during the week!