Sunday May 27th, 2018
Another great day on the Natchez Trace Parkway. We had a relaxing morning at Riverview before hitting the parkway. Our first stop was Sunken Trace, a portion of the deeply eroded or "sunken" old trace. The short walk took us back to the early 1800's when people walking 500 miles had to put up with the discomforts of heat, mosquitoes, poor food, hard beds (if any), disease, swollen rivers, and sucking swamps. Where a broken leg or arm could spell death for the traveler. Our next stop was the ghost town of Rocky Springs. Once a thriving rural community, first settled in the late 1790's, the town grew from a watering place along the Natchez trace, and took its name from the water, Rocky Spring. In 1860, a total of 2,616 people lived in this area covering about 25 square miles. The population included 3 merchants, 4 physicians, 4 teachers, 3 clergy and 13 artisans; while the surrounding farming community included 54 planters, 28 overseers, and over 2,000 slaves who nurtured the crop that made the town possible, cotton. Next stop was Cowles Meade cemetery. Last stop of the day was in Ridgeland where we biked about 15 miles of the Richland bike trail. We saw a wild turkey (hen) and two dear. We are spending the next two nights at Timber Lake RV park on the Ross R. Barnett reservoir. We have a very nice, shaded and level spot with a view of the water.