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Natchez is a charming city rich in history and southern hospitality. During your stay at Dunleith, we encourage you to explore our historic city. Historic Natchez brochures are available in our Poultry House check-in office or feel free to visit the Natchez Visitor Center for tour information and tickets. The Natchez Visitor Center is located at 640 South Canal Street.

Complimentary guided history tours of our Main House are exclusively available from 10 am - 2 pm for the following:

  • Overnight guests 
  • Guests attending an event on our property 
  • Patrons of the The Castle Restaurant

We are more than delighted to have you as our guest at Dunleith. We strive to make your experience historical and memorable. Group tours for 10 or more may be arranged by calling: 601-446-8500 or 800-443-2445.

HISTORY

Dunleith stands on the site originally occupied by “Routhland”, a house built by Job Routh and his wife during the late 18th century. Their daugther, Mary, a widow at only fifteen years old, took Charles Dahlgren as her second husband and inherited the house. Tragic circumstances led to the naming of Dunleith. In 1855 lightning struck a chimney, and Routhland burned to the ground. Dahlgren built a new house in its place in 1856, but his young wife died just three years later. In order to settle the estate, Charles sold the house to Alfred Vidal Davis for $30,000. Davis gave the house the Scottish name of Dunleith.

Dunleith sits on a 40 acre estate which include an original 1790’s carriage house, dairy barn, poultry house, greenhouse and a three-story brick dependency. The main building has a Greek revival design and includes 26 Tuscan columns built of brick and stucco. There are porches around the entire building on the first and second floor. The first floor includes windows similar to those in Monticello which roll up to become doorways. The house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974. The main house has been a historic house museum with tours for the public as well as a historic inn since 1976.

THINGS TO DO IN NATCHEZ, MS

LOCAL DINING AND NIGHTLIFE:

Steampunk Espresso Bar and Coffee Roasters: This cozy coffee shop features drip coffee, coffee beans roasted in house, housemade pastries and its signature antique brass espresso machine. Located at 114 High Street. Open Thursday-Sunday, 8am-5pm.

The Malt Shop :
Located down the street from Dunleith at 4 Homochitto Street. Delicious old fashioned malts and burgers! 601-445-4843

Mammy's Cupboard : Enjoy the drive 3 miles south of town on 61 S. Mammy's serves lunch on Tuesday-Saturday with delicious sandwiches on housemade bread, housemade pies and their famous lemonade. 601-445-8957

Fat Mama's Tamales : Famous margaritas and more. Located at 303 S. Canal Street. 601-442-4548 www.fatmamastamales.com

Bowie's Tavern : Live music on Friday and Saturday nights; serves pizzas, delicious sandwiches, and famous chips and dip. The tavern overlooks the river. Open Monday-Saturday, 4pm-until. Located at 100 Main Street. 601-445-6627 www.bowiestavern.com

HISTORY AND CULTURE:

www.visitnatchez.org : Check out all the things to see and do in and around the Natchez area. The website has a calendar listing upcoming local events, culture, arts and music. If the website does not answer your questions, the helpful Natchez Visitor's Center staff at 640 Canal Street surely can.

Historic Photographs : 405 State Street inside Stratton Chapel houses the Gandy Collection of 70,000+ photographs of historic Natchez and portraits taken from as early as 1840. Many of these black and white photographs are seen in several guest rooms at Dunleith.

Natchez Little Theatre : www.natchezlittletheatre.org

Natchez City Cemetery : Located on Cemetery Road and overlooking the river, this fascinating cemetery was established in 1822 and covers 100 acres. Maps for self-guided tours or private tours available at  Natchez Visitor's Center.

Carriage Rides : Take a horse-drawn carriage tour through historic Downtown. Available on the corner of Canal St and Washington Street.

ANTIQUES AND MORE:

Downtown Natchez on Main and Franklin Streets is where the antiques, art galleries featuring local artists, hidden treasures, & homemade Darby's fudge can be found.

Bowie Outfitters: Offers hunting and outdoor gear. Includes products, shop by brand, online ordering. 100 Main Street, Natchez, MS 39120 www.bowieoutfitters.com

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND REGIONAL SITES:

Bike Rentals : Natchez Bicycle Touring Company provides a full line of personalized cycling tours of the Historic district. Contact Brent Bourland 601-442-4558

Natchez Trails Project : Historic Walking and hiking trails in downtown Natchez.

Emerald Mound : The second largest Ceremonial Mound in the United States at Milepost 10.3 of the Natchez Trace.

Windsor Ruins : The stunning ruins of an antebellum mansion destroyed by fire in 1890. From the Natchez Trace, take exit 30 to Mississippi Hwy 552.

The Sunken Trace : At Milepost 41.5 of the Natchez Trace, walk this short trail on the Sunken Trace just as thousands have over the centuries. The easily eroded loess soil gives this trail its character.

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