Bottle Tree To Bank Vault

There was a musical event in Natchez that we attended at Temple B’nai Israel. BI is one of my favorite buildings — the synagogue was dedicated in 1872, and while I’ve been there for daytime HH services, this was our first visit at night in a long time.

The ark:

Always love coming here, and it feels so good to see these pews so full from people all over the community.
Temple B'nai Israel, Natchez MS//

Temple B'nai Israel, Natchez MS//

Afterwards, we stayed at the Natchez Hampton Inn (just like every other Hampton Inn ever).
Hampton Inn, Natchez MS//

The next day, we did some things in nearby Port Gibson, and were so happy to see this bottle tree by our friend Stephanie Dwyer:

Stephanie Dwyer Bottle Tree in Port Gibson, MS//

We checked on the former Gemiluth Chessed in Port Gibson, built in 1892. It hasn’t been a synagogue for many years now. We’ll be going back inside it in October;
Gemiluth Chessed, Port Gibson MS//

Lunch was at the Old Country Store

We’ve been coming here every couple of years since before Mr D owned it — it’s always been littered in the back with business cards and even more so now
Old Country Store, Lorman MS//

It’s an interesting mix, from Sabrett New York hotdogs

to religious tracts
Old Country Store, Lorman MS//

Old Country Store, Lorman MS//

for whatever reason, I think this once we were here on an off day (and Mr D has this restaurant open seven days a week, it’s bound to happen, I guess)
My lunch at Old Country Store, Lorman MS//

my watermelon eater was happy, though
Old Country Store, Lorman MS//

Our last visit in 2013 gives a better look at how the space is arranged
Old Country Store, Lorman MS//

That afternoon, we went antiquing in Woodville and I got a small Good Earth pottery platter at Main Street Market, and found this at another antique shop in town. Jitney Jungle
Jitney Jungle Wrapping Paper, Woodville MS//

Later on, we visited Temple Sinai in St Francisville
Temple Sinai, St Francisville LA//

and went shopping down the block at Grandmother’s Buttons (they have a newer location on Magazine St in NOLA) jewelry shop, which is housed in a former bank
Grandmother's Buttons, St Francisville LA//

the shop has its own button museum in the bank vault

the vault mechanism

…and this curious label on the vault door

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