Explore the Museums of the Mississippi
A far cry from anything you may know about river cruising, American Queen Steamboat Company’s unique cruises along the mighty Mississippi enable travellers to explore the lands of blues, belles and southern drawls. Adventure World has curated the top five museums and historic highlights travellers can experience while floating down the Mississippi in style.
1. Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana
Oak Alley is a much-photographed plantation combining architectural splendour and the natural wonder of 300-year-old oak trees. Travellers will disembark from the American Queen and explore the culture of the southern estate with a guided tour of its magnificent grounds.
2. William Johnson House, Natchez
Also known as the “Barber of Natchez”, William Johnson began life as a slave but was granted freedom at age 11 and gradually began to work his way up in society. As the town barber, he heard stories and gossip from many of the residents, which he documented in his diary for nearly two decades. His three-story brick home was built in 1840 and showcases many of these stories.
3. Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum, Vicksburg
Learn about the history of the Biedenharn family, who were the first to bottle Coca-Cola at their wholesale candy company in Mississippi. Joe Biedenharn created a model of bottling-distributor franchises and expanded his company throughout Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. The museum is filled with historic photographs, exhibits, equipment, advertising and memorabilia from past to present.
4. Old Courthouse Museum, Vicksburg
Sitting prominently on one of the highest hills in Vicksburg, the Old Warren County Courthouse was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1968. The courthouse was a symbol of confederate resistance during the Siege of Vicksburg and was one of the town’s main targets during the Civil War.
5. West Feliciana Historical Society Museum, Louisiana
Dedicated to the history, people and architectures of West Feliciana Parish, the Historical Society Museum is a great place to learn about St Francisville and Louisiana’s history and culture. Famous for its antebellum plantations and gardens and a unique hilly terrain, the West Feliciana Historical displays many artefacts, photos, costumes and articles portraying the history of St Francisville.
Experience the culture and history of the south on Adventure World’s nine-day Jewels of the Lower Mississippi itinerary, priced from AU$2,855 / NZ$3,009 per person. Visit the home of blues and the birthplace of rock and roll, Memphis, before you board the American Queen riverboat on an unforgettable journey down America’s largest and most historical river.
For more information, contact our destination experts to hear more about travelling down the historic Mississippi in style.
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