Natchez Antiques & Design Forum
October 31 - November 2, 2019
"Southern Belle Époque"
Conventionally dated from the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871 to the outbreak of World War I in 1918, La Belle Époque, the beautiful era, was characterized by optimism, prosperity, and scientific and cultural innovations. During which time the arts flourished and reality languished, Bell Époque exerted its maximum influence on people outside Europe.
We will examine the influence of Belle Époque upon Natchez. Simultaneously, Natchez was experiencing the influence of the Gilded Age where the effects of both movements can be seen in breathtaking architecture and landscapes, exuding wealth and beauty. We will learn of the impact of Tiffany in Mississippi, the role of the mighty Mississippi River, and the charming stories of Mark Twain as we move through the eras of Bell Époque and the Gilded Age to Victorian opulence.
Join us Thursday evening for a welcoming Fall dinner at the “one of a kind” antebellum home Longwood, or for a tasty Southern boxed lunch in magnificent Stanton Hall, and, join us Friday Evening a French influenced dinner at memorable Victorian, Glen Auburn. We look forward to hosting you for a uniquely Natchez look at Southern Belle Époque-its grand style, luxuriant landscape, and delectable cuisine.