November 3 - 5, 2016

"Natchez 300:  a Decorative Arts Legacy on New Horizons"


The Natchez Antiques Forum is sponsored by the Pilgrimage Historical Association with the assistance of the Pilgrimage Garden Club. Registration proceeds support the preservation of National Historic Landmarks Longwood and Stanton Hall as well as additional preservation projects in the larger Natchez community.

During the antebellum period, Natchez, Mississippi, was home to more millionaires per capita than any other city in the United States. The homes they built for their families contained some of the finest, most opulent furnishings and artwork in the nation. Each year the Forum takes on a new topic from a distinctly Southern point of view. Past themes have spanned centuries and have ranged from “The Culture of the Deep South from Revolution to Secession” (1975) to “Grecian Fever in American Decorative Arts” (1987) and “At Home and Abroad: Natchezians on the Grand Tour” (2015).

Throughout 2016 Natchez will celebrate its tricentennial.  The 2016 forum will explore subjects related to Natchez's 300 year history, from Native American arts and artifacts to northeastern furniture makers and their Natchez trade, to the future of the decorative arts

All Forum participants have opportunities to associate with noted experts during the conference at social events and tours, including a cocktail reception at Stanton Hall. The annual schedule includes museum directors, curators, conservators, and other scholars working in art history, decorative arts, and associated fields.

As Natchez is known as the bed-and-breakfast capital of the South, attendees can choose from a wide variety of charming antebellum homes for accommodations – or opt to stay in one of the city’s more modern hotels or motels.