Crossing the Mississippi River from Louisiana to Natchez, you enter one of the historic gems of the South.  Standing high on the bluffs, overlooking the vastness of the mighty waterway, this city marks 300 years of culture married to the River in a way that few other cities have.  From the time of the French at Fort Rosalie, the inhabitants of Natchez reflected this relationship between the river and the land. The Mississippi River from Natchez Bluffs                     Its heritage is reflected in the great plantation homes from the classic southern Greek revival of those like Rosalie just atop the bluffs near the site of the old fort to grander estates like Melrose with its Main house, kitchen and dairy, octagonal cistern house…