ABOUT THE NATCHEZ ANTIQUES FORUM
The Natchez Antiques Forum
All of us at The Natchez Antiques Forum and The Pilgrimage Garden Club would like to express our deepest gratitude to Wendell Garrett. Wendell Garrett was a former editor in chief of The Magazine Antiques, and a former editor-at-large for Sotheby's in New York. He was also one of our founding leaders, top consultants, tireless teachers and one of our dearest friends. Thank you, Wendell, for your years of service to us. We were heartbroken of your passing, but are so grateful for everything we have learned from you. Your memory will live on in future Forums.
The Natchez Antiques Forum, presented by the Pilgrimage Garden Club, celebrates its thirty-sixth assembly. Each year the forum takes on different forms with a variety of themes, but always with a Southern point of view. Natchez has a significant and unique insight into the world of antiques. In antebellum days, 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.
The Pilgrimage Garden Club Antiques Forum is a civilized and lovely way to experience Natchez—whether you’re a novice or an experienced collector or are simply interested in beauty and history, you will find it enjoyable. Spend your days sipping mint juleps, soaking up the scenery, and drinking in the knowledge of experts. Rub shoulders with noted experts. The forum also gives you the opportunity to meet antique dealers and designers, as well as people who just happen to be interested in antiques or history.
Jeanette Feltus, one of the original founders of the Antiques Forum and the president of the Antiques Forum Advisory Board, said the forum was originally organized more than 30 years ago as a fundraiser to restore Kings Tavern when it was owned by the Pilgrimage Garden Club.
This year's Forum had chosen Historic Longwood as its beneficiary. Longwood is on the US National Register of Historic Places, a US National Historic Landmark,and a Mississippi Landmark.
“One of the best and longest continual forums in America.”