Marty Owens Living History Fund

Bringing Natchez Trace History to Life for the Next Generation

The Marty Owens Living History Fund promotes programming to encourage living history portrayals of historic people, customs, and events associated with the old Natchez Trace.  Living history events permit people to experience the sights and sounds of earlier eras.  The total sensory experience sparks an interest in learning more about the events, and it produces a better understanding.

The Association has formed a living history group to interpret Natchez Trace history.  The bicentennial of the War of 1812 has provided new opportunities to tell one of the important stories of the Natchez Trace.  In 2012 and 2013, the living history group reached over 4,000 participants, including school groups.

Marty Owens


Marty Owens

Marty Owens served as administrative assistant to the Natchez Trace Parkway Superintendent for over two decades.  In that position, she was able to contribute ideas during a formative time when the Natchez Trace Parkway was under development.  Marty loved the Natchez Trace Parkway, particularly its history, and she loved sharing her interest in the parkway with others.  Marty also encouraged her own grandchildren to portray Natchez Trace characters to learn more about its history.   Marty Owens’ friends chose to remember her by creating a fund to perpetuate her interest in Natchez Trace history.

Living History

How You Can Help

1.  Contribute to the Fund.  Click the PayPal “Donate” button to the left to make a contribution.  Specify the Marty Owens Living History Fund. Funds are used to purchase and maintain tents, uniforms, and other equipment used for portrayals on the parkway, as well as other expenses for living history events.

2.  Contact Us to Learn How to Participate in an Event.  Email us at

3.  Attend Natchez Trace Parkway Living History Events.  The next event is scheduled for April 10-12 at Colbert Ferry on the Natchez Trace Parkway.


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