Near Mathiston in Webster County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
The Natchez Trace Parkway
The Natchez Trace Parkway
This parkway, a unit of the National Park System, commemorates one of the great thoroughfares of early-day America: the Natchez Trace.
A scenic picnic area overlooking the Duck River with trails to a waterfall and a viewpoint 300 feet above the Duck River.
Here is a campground and picnic area with exhibits, overlook, nature trail, convenience store, and service station.
Second largest ceremonial mound in the United States and one of the many major archeologic sites along the parkway.
Features a wide variety of Mississippi handicrafts on display and for sale as well as crafts demonstrations and workshops.
The Old Natchez Trace
From the trails of wild animals and Indians grew the Natchez Trace, a road through the wilderness binding the Old Southwest to the rest of the nation.
In the 18th century, Indians and French explorers traveled along the trails.
The United States Government authorized a post road between Natchez and Nashville in 1800. Soon the old trails were greatly improved. (Postmaster General Gideon Granger urged improvements
Battle of New Orleans
The War of 1812 end triumphantly at New Orleans in 1815. The folklore of the Trace in the old Southwest stems from the homeward march of Gen. Jacksonís soldiers over the road.
The Choctaw Indians
From the 16th century until the 1830's, the Choctaw lived in the region adjoining the Parkway.
Choctaws in the early 1700's, when the French dominated the area.
The Choctaw were never at war with the Americans. Under the influence of Pushmataha (1764-1824), the greatest of all Choctaw chiefs, they refused to join anti-American alliances.
In 1800, about 20,000 lived in present-day Mississippi.
The Choctaw and the Trace
The Indians played important roles in the development of this pioneer highway, 1800-1830.
Treaty of Fort Adams
In 1801, the Choctaw permitted the United States to open the Natchez Trace, through their lands.
Choctaw Lands and Cessions, 1800 - 1830.
The Choctaw claimed most of the present state of Mississippi. By 1830, they had ceded all this territory to the United States.
French Camp Marker
Playing Stick-Ball, Philadelphia, Miss.
After 1830, the tribe moved to Oklahoma. A number remained in Mississippi, however, where their descendants reside today.
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
Location. 33° 32.375′ N, 89° 8.681′ W. Marker is near Mathiston, Mississippi, in Webster County. Marker is on Natchez Trace Exit Road 0.2 miles east of Natchez Trace Parkway, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located on the access road connecting the Natchez Trace Parkway to US 82 East. Marker is in this post office area: Mathiston MS 39752, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Natchez Trace at Mathiston (approx. 0.8 miles away); Pigeon Roost (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Old Natchez Trace (approx. 5.7 miles away); Eupora (approx. 7.2 miles away); Line Creek The Great Eastern Hardwood Forest (approx. 11 miles away); Jeff Busby Park (approx. 11 miles away).
Also see . . . Natchez Trace Parkway. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 21, 2015.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 157 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 21, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.