How did such a small city stake its claim to over half a million visitors a year and its prominent place in American history? From its very roots. Natchez was founded in 1716 (two years before New Orleans) as a French colony on a bluff nearly 200 feet above the Mississippi River, the longest river in North America and one of the busiest commercial waterways in the world. The city is the oldest and one of the most important European settlements along the river and in its over 300-year history has changed ownership many times. From its start as a seedy riverside fort with saloons and brothels aplenty to its heartbreaking role in the exile of the Natchez Indians and its epicenter of the region’s slave trade, Natchez has its fair share of a turbulent and haunting past preserved through National Historic sites as well as museums and historical markers. It is also home to dozens of charming bed and breakfasts, festivals and shops, stunning architecture, and incredible Southern cuisine. Get a front row seat in downtown Natchez for this 60-MINUTE TOUR covering three centuries of intriguing stories and unforgettable views over the Mighty Mississippi, an inspiration for writers, artists, and musicians alike.
Morgan Tarpley Smith is an avid world traveler and an award-winning journalist and photographer. She has lived in small-town Louisiana nearly all her life and believes it is not always the size of a place that packs a punch. In her tours of her birthplace, historic Natchez, the jewel of the Mississippi River, she will showcase why this small city, founded in 1716 (two years before New Orleans) has gained an international reputation for its charming people, intriguing history, stunning architecture, and of course, the incredible food! (She also has Louisiana tours in the works, so stay tuned!) Besides her love of history and travel, Morgan also loves to write. She is an author of both non-fiction for writers and fiction for children under the pen name, M.L. Tarpley. Her other interests include hanging out at coffee shops, listening to records, researching genealogy, and going on adventures with her family in Louisiana and beyond. She hopes to travel alongside you soon!
Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Natchez with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.
The tour will last about 60 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Natchez. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!
While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.
We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.
The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.
Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.
For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.
21 May 2021
Great to have you as a niece-in-law…
05 April 2021
Very interesting - had never hard of Natchez before! Plenty of nice opportunities to take lovely postcards - I'd never have guessed it was Morgan's first tour - very professional.
25 March 2021
Morgan did an excellent job. It's delightful to join and learn about the South. As a Brit, I have to admit I'm rather ignorant about most of American history but I'm most interested in the Southern states.. not sure why, but just seems like there's more to explore. Sometimes, voyagers can be difficult sadly and a little spoilt, wanting this and that, etc. I know the guides work hard on creating a tour and it is our job to sit back and enjoy. Of course questions arise, but Morgan shouldn't feel bad if she can't get to all of them. People are certainly awkward, that's all I'll say... I hope Morgan tours again, I will certainly be keeping my eye out for her. I love her accent as well, very 'Hart of Dixie' (I was obsessed with this show!!!)
25 March 2021
great tour, so interesting, would love to do another tour with morgan!
25 March 2021
Morgan did a great job, I learned so much!