Whenever we find ourselves in the vicinity of the Natchez Trace Parkway, that is the route we take. We love the “laid-back” feel of driving through the countryside with no commercial traffic and a 50 mph speed limit. The trace runs over 440 miles from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, TN. We have run the entire length 4 times. This time, we would only be on it from Jackson, MS to Florence, AL.

There are numerous historical sites on the Trace. We try always to make a stop at French Camp.

Located within the small community is a boarding school started over 100 years ago. The students earn their tuition and keep partly from scholarships and partly from working in the reconstructed village. A trip on the Trace is not complete without a stop at the Council House Café.

There are two desserts available. Ron favors the Bread Pudding, while I always have the Mississippi Mud.


In the adjoining building is a small two room gift shop filled with crafts created by the students.


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