OF THE NATCHEZ TRACE
The current Trace is
a relatively narrow strip of land that winds its way from Mississippi
to Tennessee. Just beyond the tree-lined road are many small communities
with unique stories and attractions of their own. Some have annual
celebrations, legendary bed and breakfast establishments, and scrumptious
homemade cooking. Each historic site, wayside exhibit, and century-old
structure reveals an interesting piece of our country’s past.
Instead of being wary of outlaws, today the travelers along the
Trace only have to beware of animals crossing the roadway, or of
accidentally exceeding the posted fifty mph speed limit. The two-lane
road is not meant to be rapid transit, but is designed to be enjoyed
at a slow pace. It is quite a scenic pathway, and is ideal for driving,
biking, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, and camping.
Today the Trace is a
limited access highway devoted to preserving an important part of
the area’s history. There are parts of the original trail
still accessible, and that’s not all that remains from days
past. There are many accounts all along the Trace of restless spirits
who still appear occasionally to modern travelers. From early Indians,
to explorers, tradesmen, settlers, outlaws, and others, there seem
to be a number of entities who refuse to, or for some reason can’t,
rest in peace. These are the subjects of the stories in this book.