|While in Mississippi, we went throught the National Military Park and took a guided City Tour of Historic Vicksburg. We also toured The Old Courthouse Museum, Vicksburg's most historic building, constructed by slaves in 1858. Here the U.S.Flag was raised and the Confederate Flag lowered on July 4, 1863. From Jackson, MS, we drove the Natchez Trace down to Natchez, Ms and across the river to Vidalia, Louisiana. We toured breathtaking Pre-Civil War Mansions in Historic Natchez, and the Frogmore Plantation in LA, an 1800 acre working cotton plantation. Along with the history and the early Natchez planters and their slaves, we toured a rare Smithsonian quality steam cotton gin, and then watched the modern computerized ginning of the cotton.
We stayed a few days in Breaux Bridge, LA, where we rode the motor coach to the Tabasco Factory, Konriko Rice Mill, America's oldest operating rice mill. toured the city of Lafayette,and Martin's Accordian factory. We learned about the history of the Accordian, making of the Accordian and heard Accordian music performed by the family who owns the operation and hand makes these beautiful musical instraments. They still use Accordians and Melodians in todays Cajun music as well as jazz, especially in the south.
We also took a Swamp Tour throught the Atchafalaya River Swamp and then spent the evening enjoying Cajun food and Live Cajun Music and dancing.