101 MissPlaces–Vote Early, Vote Often for the Natchez District

Well, it took us a while, but here at MissPres, we’ve been working busily behind the scenes to move to the next level in our quest to create a list of 101 Mississippi Places You Should See Before You Die. As you may recall, back in December, MissPresers submitted their suggestions, and while I was worried when I first asked the question that we might not even reach 101, when the suggestion period ended in late December, we had almost 300 places for our list. (As a handy 24/7 reference to the full list, I’ve created a tab for “101 Places” on the top line of the blog.)

That means we have to whittle the list down to its essence, and to do that we’ve created a series of polls, broken down by region. We figured why not start with the Natchez/Woodville/Port Gibson region?

Below, you’ll find the basic list of suggested places in the Natchez region, 37 in all.  Thanks goes to W. White, who has done yeoman’s work in putting together summaries of almost all of these places. These summaries–along with (often) a picture and links to other websites–are easily available simply by clicking the name of the property below. Even if you think you know everything you need to know about these places, I recommend W.’s summaries for their distillation of the history and significance of each property. I can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to produce this level of detail for every region–Natchez has a good amount of material available for summarizing–but this is a start.

Below the basic list is the actual poll. You can choose up to 18 properties in the poll, and choose carefully–Polldaddy gives your computer a cookie (chocolate chip–yummy!) and won’t let you vote again (at least from the same computer). Just because you can only vote for 18 doesn’t mean that the final list will contain 18 properties from the Natchez area. The point here is to narrow down the final list to 101, so even though all of these are worthy of attention, we have to force ourselves to cull. Depending on how this and the other region go, we may end up with a run-off for those properties which are on the edge of being included on the final list.

You are, of course, free to choose by whatever criteria you wish. As for me, I’m choosing with the thought that these are places I would take an educated friend–native Mississippian or not–who’s interested in history but hasn’t really seen much of Mississippi. For me, the properties I vote for are 1) somewhat accessible to the general public, even if only during Pilgrimage, 2) tell an interesting story that sheds light on the character of Mississippi and 3) display fine craftsmanship, design, and make you say “wow!”

I should note that I am not a statistician, nor have I ever played one on TV. More than once over the last few weeks, I’ve wished that I had taken statistics, which for history majors was considered a foreign language credit, rather than German.

I apologize in advance for the extreme spacing in the poll that makes it longer than it should be. I have torn all my hair out trying to fix it, and nothing has worked.

If you know someone from Natchez, make sure to share this poll with them so we can get a good sample. This poll will be open for two weeks, at which time we’ll move on to another region.

Alright, time to vote!





Categories: 101 MissPres Places, Contest, Historic Preservation

21 replies

  1. What about Springfield in Jefferson County?


    • That would be a good one, but unfortunately, no one mentioned it during the suggestion period back in December, so it’s not included in the poll. Maybe we’ll re-visit the list of 101 every year and be able to tweak the list annually.


  2. Forks of the Road seems to be missing from the ballot.


  3. I also noted the absence of Forks of the Road – and wondered whether it was because it would score very well in categories 1 and 2 but not qualify at all for category 3 – in the absence of any surviving above-ground resources at the site (so what does “preservation” look like?). Still, there is that “sense of place” that is about standing on hallowed ground. If we are creating a list that is absent battlefields and cemeteries, then perhaps Forks of the Road should be excluded as well.


  4. No it was an oversight on my part, caused by having to delete and re-type the poll last night when I couldn’t get it to show up right in the post. Very sorry and I’ve added it now, so you might have to find a different computer to vote, if you’ve already voted for 18. Thanks for pointing that out.


    • E. L. Malvaney,
      Question…when is the last date to vote and where will this be published. We have many friends of Poplar Hill School who are not online is there some place that the results will be published for them to follow. Thank you!


    • The Natchez-region poll began on Friday, Jan. 21, and it will close two weeks later, which is this Friday, Feb. 4th. We’ll be publishing the results of the poll early next week, but you can also view the current standings by clicking “Results” at the bottom of the poll. This poll, focused on the SW part of the state, is just one of several we will be running over the next few months, and all the results will be tabulated at the end to give us our 101 Mississippi Places to See Before You Die.

      Since Preservation in Mississippi is an online blog, we will publish that list online, and to be honest I hadn’t really thought about anything more than that. You are certainly welcome to publicize the results to your members if you wish!


  5. I attended the dedication ceremony in Spring 2010 with my husband who was a student at Popular Hill. The school is a testimony of the determination of a people to ensure their children had the neccessary tools to move that generation forward. Thank you for your make it happen attitude that placed this school on the national registry.


  6. I have always loved my family’s’ history and to see how it fits into American history is always exciting. When I find that my family has been a big part in the education of our people it makes me even more proud to be a descendent of the Jackson and Ellis families. Coming from a long line of teachers gives me understanding why I’m always working with young people and teaching comes so naturally to me. Poplar Hill School is now a must see for me as I continue to learn about my family history.




  8. This voting process seems rigged. It appears as though select individuals can vote often but I can’t. I’m not so sure this is an honest and fair voting process. Transparency is needed.


  9. I’ve been monitoring these numbers for weeks and i’m noticing the numbers for these locations spiking erratically over the last 48 hours. Someone or a group of people have privileged access to vote multiple times. But the greater public, myself included, cannot vote frequently from the same computer. This voting process is corrupted and should be invalid due to biased voting process. This voting process is unquestionably rigged for:
    1. Christ Church, Church Hill community,
    2. Oakland Chapel, Alcorn State University,
    3. Gemiluth Chessed Synagogue, Port Gibson,
    4. Stanton Hall, Natchez,
    5. Stanton Hall, Natchez,
    6. St. Mary’s Basilica, Natchez
    7. Rosalie, Natchez
    8. Melrose, Natchez
    9. Longwood, Natchez
    10. Glen Auburn, Natchez
    11. Dunleith, Natchez
    12. Commercial Bank, Natchez
    13. Choctaw, Natchez
    14. Auburn, Natchez


    • Certainly at least one group of people have gotten out the vote in a big way for their favorite building, as is their right. The poll is set to not accept duplicate votes based on cookies the poll leaves on your computer, so if you are alleging some conspiracy to keep you and not others from voting, then that is simply not true. Without the ability to have voters sign in, there really is no way in an internet poll to completely stop people from voting more than once, especially if they have access to computers in public libraries or elsewhere that don’t have the cookies from their previous vote on them. A more rigid form of control would be to not allow duplicate IP addresses, but this is problematic because (my understanding is that) large organizations with big networks might have hundreds of computers all on the same IP address, meaning only one person from that organization (say a university) could vote.

      I personally have sent the link to the poll to a whole variety of people, including of course many Natchez folks and even archaeologists in hopes of getting a broad pool so that all the types of properties in this preliminary list would get a fair hearing.

      This poll is simply meant to be a way to gauge the general public’s opinions about which Mississippi places should be on the list of 101 places we’re building. The list of 101 places won’t be a ranked list, it will be organized geographically, so the total number of votes is not really relevant, only the relative number so that we can cull each region and get down from the 300 or so properties on the preliminary list to the 101 properties on the final list.


    • There have been about 2000 votes today, which seems extremely high given that the total number in the past 2 weeks before today was a little over 2000. There are also multiple hits on this post from the same IP address throughout the day, indicating that as you suppose, one person or a group of people are voting multiple times. But as I said in the previous comment, I haven’t changed the setting, which is the setting recommended by PollDaddy, which is supposed to stop duplicate votes under the same cookie.


      • 2000 votes!

        I think I might have to agree with David Stephens afterall; that is a large amount of votes. You might need to see if there is a setting which further restricts how IP addresses are counted in the voting, if there is a setting for that.


    • I have noticed those buildings you mentioned and Poplar Hill School increasing very rapidly as well, though I have not monitored the poll closely the past few days. Malvaney is correct about the problems with IP addresses in big networks, every time a computer signs on to the network, that computer is assigned a different IP address. That still does not fully explain someone influencing the vote by doing that because it would be time consuming, a person would have to sign-in and sign-out hundreds of times, which would take hours at the least. Looking at the poll and your list, I think the high number of votes for those structures boils down to the fact that they are all popular historic structures; six of them are National Historic Landmarks, the rest are on the National Register, and most of them are frequently featured on Natchez Pilgrimages.


  10. I am voting for poplar hill church.


  11. I am voting for Popular Hill Church.


  12. I vote for Poplar Hill School.



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