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Near Port Gibson in Claiborne County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Grindstone Ford

 
 
Grindstone Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 22, 2010
1. Grindstone Ford Marker
Inscription. This ford marked the beginning of the wilderness of the Choctaw nation and the end of the old Natchez District. Nearby Fort Deposit was a supply depot for troops clearing the Trace in 1801-02, and troops were assembled here during the Burr conspiracy allegedly to separate the Western States from the Union. The site takes its name from a nearby water mill.

The trail to your left takes you to the Old Trace and Grindstone Ford.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
 
Location. 32° 0.177′ N, 90° 53.734′ W. Marker is near Port Gibson, Mississippi, in Claiborne County. Marker is on Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 45.7). Click for map. Marker is located next to parking lot at end of turnoff road for Grindstone Ford from Natchez Trace Parkway. Marker is in this post office area: Port Gibson MS 39150, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mangum Mound (approx. 0.8 miles away but has been reported missing); Sunken Trace (approx. 4.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Owens Creek (approx. 5.7 miles away);
Grindstone Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 4, 2015
2. Grindstone Ford Marker
Battle of Port Gibson (approx. 6.1 miles away); Rabbit Foot Minstrels (approx. 6.1 miles away); The Town of Rocky Springs (approx. 7.7 miles away); Federals Occupy Rocky Springs (approx. 7.7 miles away); The Old Natchez Trace (approx. 7.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Port Gibson.
 
Also see . . .  Natchez Trace Parkway. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 17, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesRoads & Vehicles
 
Beginning of Trail Leading to Old Trace image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 4, 2015
3. Beginning of Trail Leading to Old Trace
Interpretive sign "Grindstone Ford" missing
from support post in lower right of photo
Grindstone Ford Interpretive Sign image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 22, 2010
4. Grindstone Ford Interpretive Sign
Riverboatmen on foot or horseback crossed here, northbound, after floating cargoes down the Ohio and Mississippi to New Orleans. Soldiers splashed across from the north to protect the Natchez District from British and Spanish threats. For post riders, Indians, bandits, and preachers, Bayou Pierre was the line between civilization and wilderness.
Family Cemetery Along the Old Trace image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 4, 2015
5. Family Cemetery Along the Old Trace
The Old Trace near the Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 22, 2010
6. The Old Trace near the Cemetery
View to the south
Interpretive Sign on the Trail to Grindstone Ford image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 4, 2015
7. Interpretive Sign on the Trail to Grindstone Ford
View to the south
Daniel Burnett's Stand Interpretive Sign image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 4, 2015
8. Daniel Burnett's Stand Interpretive Sign
Daniel Burnett's Stand ... stood near here. Burnett was speaker of the Territorial House of Representatives, a principal negotiator with the Choctaws, and a framer of the State Constitution – but his Stand was unpretentious. His guests supped on mush and milk in a room filled with their own gear and Burnett's supplies. From here you may follow their path along the Trace to Grindstone Ford.
Old Trace Leading to Grindstone Ford image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 4, 2015
9. Old Trace Leading to Grindstone Ford
View to the north
Floodplain of Bayou Pierre Near Grindstone Ford image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 22, 2010
10. Floodplain of Bayou Pierre Near Grindstone Ford
 
 
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