Grindstone Ford : Natchez Trace Parkway MP 45.7

Four miles north of the popular Sunken Trace we pulled off at Grindstone Ford.

The history of Grindstone Ford is more interesting than what you will actually be able to see here. Once home to the Burnett stand, all that remains today is the Burnett family cemetery.

We took the easy .4 mile loop trail through a section of the original trace where a brief informational sign marked the location of Daniel Burnett’s Stand. This marked the last white owned stand on the trace as you head north.

Once travelers reached the river and crossed at the Grindstone Ford they were in wild country. The Bayou Pierre marked the boundary between the old Natchez district to the south and the Choctaw Nation to the north. Natchez travelers used to refer to this area as “the end of civilization”.

We proceeded up the trail and took the spur trail to view the Burnett family cemetery. The headstones, dating back to the 1800’s, are mostly intact but show definite signs of age.

Still hallowed ground, we paid our respects giving the spirits that rest here the dignity they deserved. I’d like to think the two orbs in the photograph above are the result of visiting spirits honoring us with their presence. Maybe it’s just lens flare, but I prefer to think the long-forgotten souls were pleased to have our company.

With not much else to see we made our way back to the SUV and decided to call it a night. Next week, I’ll tell you about our free nights stay at Rocky Springs campground.

Until then…

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