Antiques forum will benefit Natchez antebellum home

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 4, 2010

The 33rd annual Natchez Antiques Forum, featuring museum curators from across the country, kicks off next weekend at the Natchez Grand Hotel.

Proceeds will benefit the Longwood home at Natchez, a National Historic Landmark and the largest octagonal house in America.

Presented by the Pilgrimage Garden Club and the Pilgrimage Historical Association, the forum, called The American Arts: Fact and Fiction, will feature discussions, a viewing of 19th and 20th century Natchez photographs; a tour of three antebellum homes; lunch at the renowned Carriage House Restaurant at Stanton Hall; and antique shopping.

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The forum encourages preservation of historic homes in Natchez and throughout the Deep South.

The featured speaker will be Wendell Garrett, editor-at-large of The Magazine Antiques and a renowned expert in American history, decorative arts and furniture. He has been an appraiser on the PBS program “Antiques Roadshow.”