Natchez MS is a Lower Mississippi River cruise port, only city and county seat of Adams County (Mississippi, USA) with population around 16,000 and total area approx 36 km2 (14 ml2). Located on Mississippi River across from Vidalia (Concordia Parish, Louisiana), the town was prominent in the antebellum years as a center of cotton planters and trade along the river.
Natchez is approx 140 km (90 ml) southwest of Jackson (Mississippi's capital city located near state's center) and approx 137 km (85 ml) north of Baton Rouge Louisiana. Natchez is state's 25th-largest city and was named after the Natchez Indians who inhabited much of the region from early-8th-century AD until the French colonial period.
By 1988 winter, the National Park Service founded Natchez National Historical Park around the Melrose mansion. William Johnson House was added inthe city a few years later. Downtown's historic district has been often used by Hollywood in the antebellum period as the backdrop for feature films. In 1993, "The Adventures of Huck Finn" by Disney was partially filmed here. The 1982 TV movie "Rascals and Robbers: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn" also was filmed in Natchez. The TV mini-series "Beulah Land", as well as individual weekly shows of "The Mississippi" TV drama, starring Ralph Waite, and parts of the TV mini-series "North and South" were also filmed in the city. In and around Natchez was filmed John Wayne's "The Horse Soldiers". In 2007, after renovating a historic hall, the US Courthouse was opened in Natchez. The city also has a Museum of African American History and Culture.