Yesterday, I traveled to Rocky Springs, MS, on the Natchez Trace Parkway with my daughter, Kathy and grandson, Carl to celebrate my granddaughter, Lucy's, 16th Birthday at the campground. After the celebration we all went over to the site of the old community of Rocky Springs to look around and take pictures. Below is the story of once upon a time, Rocky Springs.
At the end of this trail is evidence of a once 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 source of that water - - the Rocky Spring. In 1860, a total of 2,616 people lived in this area covering about 25 square miles. The population of the town proper included 3 merchants, 4 physicians, 4 teachers, 3 clergy and 13 artisans; while the surround family community included 54 planters, 28 overseers and over 2,000 slaves who nurtured the crop that made the town possible - - cotton.
Looks like my Granddaughter, Victoria, hubby, Jamie and great grandson, Ian, did not read the marker.
Objects laying on the ground going towards the church on the hill.
Rocky Springs Methodist Church
This church was built in 1837 by the Methodist congregation of Rocky Springs. Earlier the town had been a station for a circuit-riding preacher who only stopped by once or twice a month. The church is preserved by the former congregation members who hold regular services here and gather here at an annual "homecoming" each year.
A worn doorway of many visitors.
You can sign your name in a book as you walk in. Grandson Carl checking out the church.
Window of the church with the reflection of tree in panes.
The exposed roots of the tree across from the church.
To be continued...