Lee CountyCity Population 3,351
Brice's Crossroads Chief Tishomingo Scenic Byway
Three cemeteries along the byway are the final resting places of community founders. Included are sites where Chickasaw Indians lived, farmed and held tribal councils.
Mississippi’s Final Stands Interpretive Center
Enjoy three battlefield trails, an NPS site, interpretive markers and two cemeteries located on 1,600 acres of hallowed ground. The Interpretive Center features the two last stands of the Confederate cavalry at Brice's Crossroads and Tupelo/Harrisburg. Tue - Sat, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission.
Tishomingo CountyCity Population 1,952
Covenant Creek Farm
Baby animals for visitors viewing pleasure. School and group tours available. Delicious goat cheese, candy soaps and other organic products are manufactured and sold.
Hilltop Art Studio Art by Shelley Ozbirn
Southern folk art, altered art and traditional art. Paintings in watercolor, acrylic and oil. The artist creates her one-of-a-kind paintings in her studio atop the hills of Belmont. By appointment.
Tippah CountyCity Population 675
Doll Collection Exhibit
The Mary Dean Hollis Historical Doll Collection contains 105 of the 134 dolls representative of the clothing styles worn by Blue Mountain College students from 1877 to present.
Prentiss CountyCity Population 8,664
Booneville Area Chamber of Commerce
Pumpkins, cornfield, maze, hayrides, weddings, reunions, school trips, parties, games and more.
Booneville City Park & Kidstown
Activity area, fully-lighted bicycle and walking path, nature trails, picnic areas and ball fields.
Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest planned the victorious Battle of Brice’s Crossroads here during the Civil War.
Rails & Trails Museum
Historic depot built in 1913; renovated caboose. Thu - Fri, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tishomingo CountyCity Population 1,036
Tate CountyCity Population 1,667
Located ten miles northwest of Senatobia near the town of Coldwater. Excellent fishing, hiking, boating and camping. Owned and operated by
Panola CountyCity Population 1,265
Como Main Street
Alan Lomax’s Repatriated Blues Photographs & Recordings
Alan Lomax was a folklorist and musicologist who celebrated music, photography and film around the world. Lomax’s recordings, photographs and film capture the unique regional blues of the Como area. Mon, Wed - Fri, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Country Cycles Shop & Museum
A working Harley shop and vintage museum filled with old bikes, memorabilia and antiques. Nothing can describe this fun place. Owner Clark Gregory entertains with eccentricity and knows his Harleys.
Historic Walking Tour
Brochures provide a basis for a self-guided walking tour that highlights
Alcorn CountyCity Population 14,573
Corinth Area Convention & Visitors Center
Alcorn County Genealogical Society
Contains family file folders, family history, surname books, census records, marriage and cemetery records and tax and probate records. Thu - Fri, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. By appointment. Free.
Built by the Federal Army in mid-1862, Battery F remains a pristine example of Civil War earthworks. Daily, dawn to dusk. Free.
The Beauregard Line
One of the finest examples of Civil War fortifications to be found, the Beauregard Line, composed of seven miles of earthworks, spanned the east, north and west sides of Corinth. Interpretive panels located on four observation platforms. Guided tours periodically. One of the finest examples of Civil War fortifications to be found, the Beauregard Line, composed of seven miles of earthworks, spanned the east, north and west sides of Corinth. Interpretive panels located on four observation platforms. Guided tours periodically. Call ahead. Free.
Opened in 1918, it has since been a mainstay in the community. The store is in the fourth generation of the Biggers family. Open year-round. Mon - Sat, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free.
Borroum’s Drug Store
Founded in 1865 by former Confederate Army surgeon A.J. Borroum, this is the oldest drugstore in the state. It houses Native American artifacts, Civil War relics and an authentic working soda fountain. Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free.
Black History Museum of Corinth
Display of memorabilia and artifacts relating to black history with focus on religion and education. Thu - Fri, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Donations accepted.
Circle Y Equestrian Center
Horseback riding, arena and camps, field trips, petting zoo, miniature golf and other children’s activities. Admission for field trips and pumpkin patch. Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m. - dark; Sun, 1 - 5 p.m. By appointment.
Civil War Earthworks
Corinth has the largest number of intact Civil War earthworks in the nation. Constructed by Confederate and Union Armies stationed at Corinth and used in the city’s defense. Daily, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free.
Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center
Center features exhibits that explain military and civilian experiences during the Civil War. It also includes exhibits relevant to African-American heritage. Daily, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Christmas Day. Gift shop. Free
Corinth Architectural Tour
Includes examples of various styles from the 1850s through the 1930s, including Mississippi Historical Landmarks and National Historic Landmarks. Free.
Corinth Artist Guild
Local artists and artisans display their works in all art venues and media types. Classes for adults and children are taught in oil, acrylic, watercolor painting and pottery. Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Gift shop. Donations accepted.
Corinth Coliseum Civic Center
Built in 1924, this showplace of Victorian and Art Deco design features black and white tile, ornamental plaster, imported white marble wainscoting and a grand staircase. Mississippi Landmark and National Register of Historic Places. By appointment. Free.
Corinth Contraband Camp
In 1862, a contraband camp was built in Corinth for escaped slaves seeking refuge with the Union Army. The 600-acre camp had a working farm, church, commissary, hospital, school and housing area. As many as 6,000 people resided here. Daily, dawn to dusk.
Corinth Driving Tour
Tour of battle sites and headquarters, first-person accounts of events, and an extended tour stopping at earthworks and sites east and north of Corinth. CD and map available at the Corinth CVB or downloaded online. Free.
Corinth National Cemetery
Gravesites of 1,793 known and 3,895 unknown Civil War soldiers. Interments represent 273 regiments from 15 states. Daily, 8 a.m. - sunset. Free.
Corinth Railroad Crossing
This crossroads of the Memphis and Charleston and the Mobile and Ohio Railroads identified Corinth as a strategic location in the Western Theater during the Civil War. Free.
Display of all things Corinth from the Paleolithic Period to the present day. Housed in the Historic Corinth Depot, permanent displays emphasize transportation and the Civil War. Mon - Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun, 1 - 4 p.m. Gift shop. Admission.
One of the defining businesses in the black community, opened in 1962. Dilworth’s has been featured in Southern Living magazine. Mon - Sat, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun, 2 - 7 p.m.
Forrest Hill Cemetery
Site predates the Civil War. Markings identify graves as far back as the mid-1860s. Slaves and a few Confederate soldiers are buried here. The cemetery is the resting place of many prominent black families of the Corinth area, including the city’s only black mayor, E.S. Bishop. The cemetery is still in use today.
A Guide to the Corinth Campaigns of 1862
In 1862, the railroad crossing in Corinth was described as being the “16 most important sq. ft. in the Confederacy.” The campaign map traces the Corinth Campaign from Corinth to Shiloh and Iuka, and back. Free.
Lake Hill Motor Museum
One of America's largest motorcycle/ATV dealerships. Home to a collection of antique, classic and custom automobiles and motorcycles. Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free.
Mt. Moriah UMC
The Freedom Society sent missionaries to the South to organize private schools and churches. Mt. Moriah UMC was founded in 1866. The present building was built in 1928. Free.
Variety of daylilies for sale to individuals and landscapers. You-pick blueberries, blackberries and muscadines. Fresh produce is available year-round due to the gardens’ hothouse innovations.
Tuscumbia Wildlife Management Area
2,600 acres of dove, quail, duck, squirrel and deer hunting. Check with The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks for hunting seasons, rules and regulations. Mon - Sat, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Itawamba CountyCity Population 4,095
Beans Ferry Studio
One-of-a-kind artist creations. View The Chosen Vessel, a 45-minute presentation about the potter’s wheel, set to music and presented regularly by reservation. Mon - Sat, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
715 acres of hills, trails, mud and campingfun for the entire family. Please view the website or Facebook page for hours. The park is open every other weekend, Fri - Sun.
Fulton Tenn-Tom Trails
4.2 miles of lighted walking trails located on the banks of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.
50-acre farm, five-acre corn maze, pumpkin patches, animal alley, wagon ride, 30-ft. super slide, playground areas and country store. Weddings year-round. Open last week of Sep - Nov 1.
John Bell Williams Wildlife Management Area
This management area was established in 1973 and contains approximately 3,000 acres owned by the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District and leased to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks for wildlife management and public usage.
Jamie L. Whitten Historical Center
Videos and displays examine waterways and Appalachian-region programs. Nature trail, fishing, auditorium and picnic area. Apr 1 - Aug 31, daily, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sep 1 - Mar 31, daily, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Old Bridge Beach on Bay Springs Lake
15 miles north of Fulton. Playground, fishing pier, large shelters, picnic tables, grills, bathrooms, volleyball court, swimming area and white sand beach.
Underground Railroad Bicycle RouteEnters the beautiful countryside of Itawamba County along the southern border of the county. Then, just north of Fulton, it joins the Natchez Trace Parkway as it continues through Alabama.
Enters the beautiful countryside of Itawamba County along the southern border of the county. Then, just north of Fulton, it joins the Natchez Trace Parkway as it continues through Alabama.
Grenada CountyCity Population 13,092
Grenada Tourism Commission
Belle Flower Missionary Baptist Church
The oldest African-American church in Grenada and site of civil rights meetings. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached here on January 22, 1967. Sun, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Call at other times.
Tupelo gum trees and bald cypress trees are located in this area. Great blue herons, yellow-crowned night herons, great egrets and other wildlife are present. Open year-round. Free.
Contains 180 graves of unknown Confederate soldiers. Daily, dawn to dusk.
Grenada Confederate Forts
Remains of earthwork forts built to protect against Union forces led by Gen. U.S. Grant. The forts provided headquarters for the historic Civil War raid on Holly Springs. Daily, dawn to dusk.
Grenada Historical Museum & Coca-Cola Memorabilia Display
The museum provides relics, artifacts, and interpretations of many time periods in Grenada. Call for an appointment. Free.
Over two million visitors come annually to these 36,000 acres of water, 138 Class-A campsites, beaches, hiking trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, ball fields and picnic shelters.
Grenada Lake Visitor Center Museum
Learn about the US Army Corps of Engineers missions and Grenada Lake's assets. The overlook offers a panoramic view of the 36,000-acre lake. Mon. - sat. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sun. 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Haserway Wetland Demonstration Area
330-acre area supports abundant wildlife with special emphasis on public access and environmental interpretation. 100-acre green tree reservoir and two shorebird wading areas. Easy access viewing of wildlife areas.
Historic Grenada Walking & Motor Tour
Self-guided tour of historic homes and landmarks. Brochure available at tourism office. Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
LeFlore Hiking Trail System
Three-mile historic hiking trail leading through land that originally belonged to Choctaw Indian Chief Greenwood LeFlore, featuring steep loess bluffs, beech trees, scenic Potacocowa Creek and a cabin in pecan grove.
Lost Bluff Hiking Trail
A 2.2-mile hiking trail loop in rugged terrain, featuring overlook of dam, outlet and original channel of Yalobusha River. Winds through deep hollows with ferns and virgin timber. Visit Civil War sites in the area.
DeSoto CountyCity Population 14,700
Handmade stoneware pottery with hand-mixed glazes. Each piece is dishwasher and microwave safe, nontoxic and oven proof.
Known for some of the best fishing and sailing with acres of land for public hunting and hiking, as well as Class A and primitive campsites, boat ramps, swimming beaches, picnic areas and playgrounds.
Arkabutla Wildlife Rehab Nature Center (ARK)
The two miles of woodland walked trails are located in a wildlife sanctuary. Future plans for a handicap accessible wildlife demonstration trail. Open year round.
Baptist Industrial College Marker
Founded in 1900 by the North MS Baptist Educational Convention, it was the first school in the county to offer education through 12th grade to African-Americans in North Mississippi.
Cedar Hill Farm
Hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, fishing, paintball, playground and picnic area. Open to the public for seasonal and year-round events and by reservation for private events.
DeSoto Arts Council
The DeSoto Arts Council (DAC) serves as an arts agency for DeSoto County and the surrounding region. DAC offers a wide range of activities, diverse programming and
DeSoto County Confederate Monument
One of the state’s oldest monuments dedicated to the Confederate dead, erected in 1875, with 100 marked graves and a mass grave for 60 soldiers. Daily, dawn to dusk.
DeSoto County Courthouse
Built in 1942. Learn the history of Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto, who explored this area in 1541 - 1542, through restored paintings that depict Hernando's voyage to discover the Mississippi River. Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
DeSoto County Museum
The museum provides education programs, as well as exhibits on the history of DeSoto County. Browse the 1840's restored log cabin. Free Admission.
Genealogical Society of DeSoto County
An extensive library with records dating back to the 1840s is maintained by the Genealogical Society of DeSoto County. Mon - Wed, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Thu - Fri, by appointment.
Gus Cannon’s GraveSite
A banjo and jug player, born in 1874. Gus wrote and first recorded the song “Walk Right In,” which became a No. 1 hit for The Rooftop Singers, in 1963.
Joseph Eckles Stoneware
Custom hand-thrown and wheel-thrown pottery. Each work of art is dishwasher and microwave safe. Tours and demonstrations by appointment.
Springhill Historic Memorial Garden Cemetery
DeSoto County's oldest cemetery, established in 1836. Only six monuments date after 1900. A historical reenactment of people buried here takes place each October around Halloween.
Marshall CountyCity Population 7,694
Holly Springs Tourism & Recreation Bureau
Baker’s Pond Hiking Trail
One-mile hiking trail, graveled stairway trail to the ridgetop overlooking Baker’s Pond, an artesian spring and flowing hillside springs surrounded
The Bottomless Cup is just what you have been waiting for! Mississippi roasted beans, specialty espresso, fresh ingredient pastries, antiques and more!
Chewalla Lake Hiking Trails
Hiking trail network around beautiful Chewalla Lake, the largest reservoir in the 147,000-acre Holly Springs National Forest. Fully developed recreational area, beach, swimming, campsites with RV hookups.
A 7,000-acre working plantation and accommodations in restored pre-Civil War cabins including a Nathan Bedford Forrest home. Hunting packages for quail, deer and turkey. Event facilities available.
Hill Crest Cemetery
Burial site of 13 Confederate generals, heroes and heroines of the 1878 yellow fever epidemic, and Hiram Revels, the first African-American elected to the US Senate. Daily, dawn to dusk.
Hill Country Blues Marker
Although Delta blues often claims the spotlight, other styles of the blues were produced in other regions of Mississippi. In the greater Holly Springs area, musicians developed a “hill country” blues style characterized by few chord changes, unconventional song structures, and an emphasis on the "groove" or a steady, driving rhythm.
Holly Springs Cultural Map/Driving & Walking Tour Guide
Experience Holly Springs through this interactive cultural map of remarkable places and stories. Visit hollysprings.visitme.us to learn more.
Holly Springs Motor Sports Park
An eight-mile NHRA-approved track open Sat and Sun. Sun gates open at 3 p.m., with time trials at 4 p.m. and eliminations at 5 p.m.
Holly Springs National Forest
Chewalla Lake offers visitors a natural, tranquil experience with amenities that make it easy to please the entire family. Features an Indian mound built by the area’s inhabitants more than a thousand years ago.
Holly Springs Self-Guided Tour
Walking or driving tour featuring historic homes, churches and other points of interest. Free.
Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum
Display of art collections by African and African-American artists, artifacts, and historical documents housed in the historic Spires Bolling Home, birthplace of famed journalist and women’s activist Ida B. Wells. Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat, 12 - 5 p.m. Tours by appointment.
Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery
Works by Kate Freeman Clark, the grandniece of Confederate Gen. Edward Carey Walthall and paintings by William Merritt Chase, one of America’s most outstanding artists. By appointment.
Marshall County Historical Museum
Relics from 11 wars, antique toys, clothes from yesteryear, farm tools, county wildlife, Indian artifacts, library, glassware, photography and local art. Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat, by appointment. Closed the week before Christmas.
Montrose & Montrose Arboretum
c. 1858. This antebellum Greek brick mansion shows the influence of the Classic Revival, and the arboretum contains 50 different species of trees native to the area. By appointment.
Known worldwide for its famous hamburgers. The store features early-1900s memorabilia and rustic decor. Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Roy Wilkins Collection
Papers, awards, memorabilia, civil rights material and other items belonging to the former executive secretary of the NAACP, who was born in Marshall County. By appointment.
Rust College Beckley Center
Rust College was established in 1866 to educate freed slaves. Renamed in 1890 to honor Richard Sutton Rust. The Beckley Center is home to the Ronald Trojcak African art collection of tribal arts and fabrics. Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Weekends by appointment. Donations accepted.
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center
State office of the Mississippi Audubon Society. Restored antebellum home, beautiful hummingbird garden, 2,600-acre property and extensive grounds; 15 miles of trails. Daily tours, call for times. Admission.
The Holly Springs Depot
Built in the 1850's to transport cotton to market on the Mississippi Central Rail Road. When Holly Springs was the epicenter for cotton production. This beautiful structure has been recently renovated.
DeSoto CountyCity Population 26,000
American Contract Bridge League Museum
Located inside the ACBL headquarters is an interactive museum that is home to the world’s largest collection of bridge memorabilia, trophies, videos, ACBL Hall of Fame and more. Free. Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 3p.m.
Circle G Ranch
Formerly owned by Elvis and Priscilla Presley. When phase one restoration is completed, there will be an amphitheater for concerts, a dynamic water feature in the lake and more.
Tishomingo CountyCity Population 4,000
Tishomingo County Tourism Council
The Apron Museum
Museum preserving the art, fashion and history of aprons. By appointment only.
Driving Tour Battle of Iuka
Driving Tour Battle of Iuka America’s bloodiest high point: The Battle of Iuka. “The fight began and was waged with a severity I have never seen surpassed.” – Gen. Sterling Price, CSA, September 19, 1862.
Mineral Springs Park
World famous mineral springs named after Chickasaw Chief Iuka. Water won the 1902 World's Fair prize for best mineral water. Playground, pavilion, historic dogtrot log cabin, picnic area, walking track, skateboard facility, tennis courts and veterans memorial.
Oak Grove Cemetery
Final resting place of Civil War soldiers and the longest serving governor of Mississippi, John Marshall Stone.
47,500-acre, world-class, scenic freshwater lake on the Tennessee River; 496 miles of shoreline, great smallmouth bass fishing, outstanding boating, cabins, motel and camping at J.P. Coleman State Park.
Shady Grove Cemetery
Shady Grove Cemetery Mass burial site of 263 Confederate soldiers killed in the Battle of Iuka. Daily, dawn to dusk. Free.
Over 200 miles of river, lakes and Class A outdoor recreational areas that create an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise from Pickwick Lake to south of Columbus.
Tishomingo County Archives & Museum
c. 1870. Burned in 1886 and rebuilt in 1888, the courthouse is home to a division of the Tishomingo County Historical and Genealogical Society. Tue - Fri, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat (May - Sep) 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Gift shop. Free.
Tishomingo County Tourism
GEOCaching- A GeoCache Tour has been implemented in Tishomingo County. Cache's have been placed at sites of geological, historical, and cultural interest. Visit the GEOCaching website at https:www.geocaching.com/play.
Benton CountyCity Population Under 100
Burton’s Sugar Farm
This centennial family farm preserves our farming heritage with displays of how our ancestors lived and machines with which they worked. It is also home to the seasonal Catfish in the Barn Restaurant, a unique and rustic destination dining experience.
DeSoto CountyCity Population 6,767
The Lewis Ranch Home of Jerry Lee Lewis
The Killer's home is referred to as "The Lewis Ranch;" a popular draw for visitors. Experience a behind the scenes look at Jerry Lee Lewis’ music and his life. Mon – Sat, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Purchase tour tickets online or by phone in advance.
Merry Christmas Tree Farm
Take a hayride into the number one tree farm in the Mid-South during November and December, and pick out your favorite Christmas tree.
Nesbit Blueberry Plantation
Pick your own blueberries or purchase pre-picks. Open mid-June through end of the season. Call for picking times. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Faulkner Literary Gardens
Public literary garden devoted to New Albany's native son, William Faulkner. Flora of Faulkner's "postage stamp of native soil." Tue - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Donations accepted.
Historic Downtown New Albany
Visitors can shop, walk the historic trail, enjoy art and dine in downtown cafés.
Native American Indian mounds. By appointment. Free.
Park Along the River
Peaceful wooded park and arboretum adjacent to downtown on the bank of the fabled Tallahatchie River. Features a disk golf course, farmers markets, walking
Travel down the path of the Chickasaws and Meriwether Lewis, or the railroad built by Col. William C. Falkner, great-grandfather of Nobel Prize winning author William. The 43.6-mile bike trail begins in downtown New Albany and courses through the countryside to Houston, MS. Bike rentals available at trailhead. Free.
Yalobusha CountyCity Population 386
Rocky Point National Recreation Hiking Trail
4.5-mile nationally designated, hiking trail network beginning and ending at Plum Point Recreation Area. Descends to Enid Lake, passes impressive gullies in deep woods. Additional trails: Quail Run Nature Trail, 2.5 miles, and Beech Hollow Nature Trail, five-miles.
DeSoto CountyCity Population 35,000
Arts in the Alley
Free outdoor art gallery, located in the alley next to the Chamber of Commerce. Paintings by local artists are periodically rotated. Open year round.
Milton Blocker and his brother-in-law, Stephen Flinn, purchased two sections of land from an Indian in 1836. Milton Blocker donated land for Blocker Cemetery, established in 1847.
Brussel’s Bonsai Nursery
The largest importer and grower of bonsai in the United States. Visit the state-of-the-art facility, with over 175,000-sq. ft. of greenhouse space. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
Mid-South Ice House
An indoor National Hockey League regulation ice rink offering ice skating, youth hockey, adult hockey, figure skating, curling, Learn-to-Skate and Learn-to-Play Hockey classes, and other programming year-round.
Olive Branch City Hall Museum & Veterans Monument
Documents, photographs and artifacts recounting Olive Branch history. The only Veteran’s monument in DeSoto County is at the front entrance of City Hall, honoring those who have and are serving.
Olive Branch City Park
The 135-acre park features two-miles of walking trails with exercise stations, a nature trail, five tennis courts, ballfields, three lakes, playground, eight-lane track, amphitheater and two picnic pavilions.
Olive Branch Old Towne Main Street
Center for gifts, collectibles and antiques in the Mid-South area. Enjoy the self-guided historic walking trail or any of the outdoor concerts and events.
Lafayette CountyCity Population 19,000
Bailey’s Woods/Rowan Oak Hiking Trail
Scenic hiking trail stretching over 3,000 feet that takes about 20 minutes to walk. It runs through Bailey's Woods from the University of Mississippi to Rowan Oak, home of William Faulkner.
Burns Belfry & Multi Cultural Center
Organized by freed slaves in 1869 in an area of Oxford once known as “Freedmen’s Town.” The current building was erected in 1910 and played a major role in the lives of many African-Americans in Oxford from 1910-1974, when the new church was built several blocks away. In 2002, author John Grisham donated the church building to the Oxford-Lafayette County Heritage Foundation. Open Wednesday-Friday 12-3 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Sun, 1 - 4 p.m.
Built in 1859 by William Turner, Cedar Oaks is a Greek Revival structure that has survived a tumultuous past. Open Friday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. or tours by appointment. The home can also be rented.
Center for the Study of Southern Culture
Housed in Barnard Observatory on the University of Mississippi campus, the center promotes regional studies and is the first of its kind in the nation. Projects include the award-winning Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Living Blues magazine and the gospel music magazine Rejoice! In addition it co-hosts the annual Faulkner Conference.
Burial site of Confederate soldiers who died as a result of the Battle of Shiloh in 1862. During the Civil War, the buildings at Ole Miss became hospitals for the battle wounded and the casualties were therefore buried there. Open daily from dawn to dusk. Located behind the Tad Smith Coliseum on the University of Mississippi campus.
Gertrude Ford Center for the Performing Arts
The 88,000-sq. ft., multi-event hall serves the University of Mississippi's performing arts’ needs and its commitment to cultural enrichment and outreach service. The first presidential debate in 2008 between then Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain was held here. Broadway shows, concerts, ballet and more, the Ford Center is a premier entertainment venue.
Historic Downtown Square
The center of culture and the town’s economic hub since 1837. The square is home to a variety of shops and elegant boutiques including the South’s oldest department store, Neilson’s, as well as world renowned independent bookstore, Square Books (and sister bookstores Off Square Books and Square Books Jr.). Extraordinary cuisine is also abundant around the historic downtown square from down-home cooking to elegant haute cuisine and everything in between.
L.Q.C. Lamar House
The life and times of Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, Mississippi’s greatest 19th-century statesman, are vividly portrayed in the permanent exhibit featuring the compelling story of those turbulent times. Open Friday-Sunday 1-4 p.m. Free Admission.
Built in in the 1840's, Rowan Oak was the home of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner from 1930 until his death in 1962. View the online of his famous A Fable, written in the author's own hand writing on his study wall. Open Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 - p.m. $5 admission fee.
Nationally-recognized independent bookstore featuring a section on Mississippi authors as well as a Faulkner section. Thacker Mountain Radio Show is a live radio show with guest authors and musicians at Off Square Books, the sister store of Square Books and the children's bookstore Square Books Jr. Square Books Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Off Square Books Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday 12-5 p.m. Square Books Jr. Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday 12-5 p.m. Off Square Books: Mon - Sat, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun, 12 - 5 p.m. Square Books Jr.: Mon - Thu, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Fri - Sat, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sun, 12 - 5 p.m.
St. Peter’s Cemetery
A few blocks Northeast of the Square, St. Peter's Cemetery is nestled in the rolling hills of a quiet neighborhood. It serves as the resting place for William Faulkner and many of Oxford's prominent citizens. L.Q.C. Lamar, former Congressman, Secretary of the Interior and U.S. Supreme Court Justice is buried here as well.
The University of Mississippi
Named one of “America’s Most Beautiful College Campuses” by Forbes Magazine. The Lyceum is the oldest building on campus, built in 1848 and was the only survivor of the five original buildings on campus after the Civil War. The campus was designed for walking. Visitor permits may be purchased online or from the Welcome Center located on University Avenue as you enter the Lyceum Circle.
The University Museum is home to several impressive permanent collections including an extensive collection of the work of Theora Hamblett, a native Oxonian folk artist and the personal collection of Mary Buie and Kate Skipwith. Traveling exhibitions from other museums are also represented. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. There is no charge for admission but donations are accepted. *note-currently a food picture is listed beside the University Museum and it needs to be changed.
Pontotoc CountyCity Population 5,500
Pontotoc County Chamber/Main Street association
Fruit Loop Biking Trail
A 5.5-mile, challenging mountain-biking trail through pine forest.
Historical District Main St. and surrounding downtown areas
Features county courthouse, three churches and homes dating back to 1836. Enjoy walking downtown and take in the sights. Confederate Square is the hub for city and county business.
A burial site of Civil War soldiers and Ruby Elzy, an African-American opera singer who appeared on stage, radio and film.
Pontotoc County Historic Driving Tour
A self-directed driving tour using a recording and a brochure. Begin at site No. 1 and tour the county through 29 sites with markers at historical sites.
Pontotoc: Legends from the Wilderness
Historic walking tour of Pontotoc. Call for reservations.
Tanglefoot Trail GM & O Rails to Trails Northern District
Walkers, bikers, joggers and nature lovers can enjoy the 44.5-mile trail which extends from Houston, Pontotoc and New Albany.
Town Square Post Office & Museum
Three floors of exhibits with the history of Pontotoc County in a working post office. Gift shop. Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Westmoreland’s Antique Exhibit
Farm equipment, a windup Victrola and antique quilts are part of this collection, which includes a miniature replica of a country farm town built in the mid-1800s. By appointment.
Tippah CountyCity Population 5,656
State Highway 15 Scenic Motorcycle Byway
A 291-mile scenic motorcycle byway on State Hwy. 15 from Walnut to Beaumont.
Tippah County Historical Museum
The Chickasaw Nation, Col. William Faulkner, Nathan Bedford Forrest and others have stories to tell when you visit. Weapons, clothing, tools and Indian artifacts. Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Donations accepted.
Panola CountyCity Population 1,680
Heflin House Museum
c. 1858. Antebellum home filled with furnishings and objects from the late 1800s. Tells the story of Panola County from Indian times through the 1900s. Third Sunday of each month, 1 - 4 p.m., or by appointment. Donations accepted.
The Panola Playhouse, founded in 1962, is one of the longest continually-running live theaters in the state of Mississippi. This unique, 150-seat theater hosts Broadway hits and classics year round.
Rose Hill Cemetery
Burial site of war veterans since the Civil War, as well as the founders of Sardis. Daily, dawn to dusk.
Sardis Lake/Sardis Lower Lake Birding & Wildlife Viewing Area
Well known for diversity of birding and wildlife opportunities; auto-accessible vantage points around lower lake. Clear Springs Nature Trail features wooden boardwalk. Fee charged for boat launching. Beaches and pavilion.
St. John’s Catholic Church
c. 1890. Historic Gothic church with 19th century charm. By appointment.
Tate CountyCity Population 8,165
Tate County Economic Development Foundation
Senatobia Memorial Park & Arboretum
Award-winning arboretum with park located downtown along railroad. Walking trail, gazebo, benches and tree markers. Main St. at Park St. Center of Senatobia's Tree City designation throughout community.
Public nature observatory and picnic area. Built by the US Army Corps of Engineers on a corner of a wetlands area. Includes rookery, picnic tables and walkway.
Tate County Courthouse & Heritage Museum
c. 1875. A Mississippi Landmark built of locally produced brick, this historic structure houses exhibits throughout the museum. It is the oldest continuously used courthouse in the state. Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free.
DeSoto CountyCity Population 49,000
DeSoto County Tourism
BankPlus Ampitheater at Snowden Grove Park
The outdoor concert venue has hosted acts such as ZZ Top, Alt J, Avett Brothers, Weezer, Kenny Chesney, Dave Matthews, Steve Miller, Bryan Adams, Widespread Panic, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert and more. Fixed seating for 4,000 and additional seating for 7,000 on the lawn. Call or visit website for schedule.
BankPlus Sports Center
Kids of all ages can enjoy indoor batting practice, soccer practice and miniature golf. Located in Snowden Grove Park.
Founded in 1844 and rests on a tree-shaded hilltop. Graves include those of early settlers in this area, Indian traders, politicians and Civil War veterans. Daily, dawn to dusk.
Host to a wide variety of concerts and events each year, and home of the Mid-South Fair and the Grizzlies G-League. Adjacent is the Landers Center Theater, a state-of-the-art 400-seat theater where the DeSoto Family Theatre (DFT) presents productions.
Mississippi Delta Great River Road
A 275-mile journey along the Great River Road, known as Blues Alley, opens the door to Mississippi’s history. Hwy. 61 takes you from north Mississippi, south into the Delta.
Tishomingo CountyCity Population 318
Bear Creek Paddle Trip
Canoeing scenic stream in Tishomingo State Park. Rocky outcrops, Appalachian Mountain forest and slopes appeal. Rentals in park. Chosen as one of the “Top 100 Paddle Trips Nationwide” by Reserve America.
Fellowship Christian Retreat
A Christian retreat center located on a 530-acre wooded peninsula on 6,600-acre Bay Springs Lake. Call for times.
Swinging Bridge Tishomingo State Park,
The native stone and steel cable bridge crosses high above Bear Creek and is the entrance to hiking trails along the creek and along the top of the canyon walls.
Lee CountyCity Population 35,930
Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tupelo's local art gallery that specializes in work by Mississippi artisans, Caron Gallery hosts art demos, art & wine dinners, workshops, and special events throughout the year.
Confederate Grave Sites
Burial site of 13 soldiers supposedly executed by their commander, Braxton Bragg. Daily, dawn to dusk.
Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum
The birthplace of the "King of Rock ‘N’ Roll" includes the modest home Elvis' father built, statue of Elvis at 13, memorial chapel, a walk of life, fountain of life, park, museum and the church Elvis attended as a child. Multi-media presentations. Mon - Sat, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Sun, 1 - 5 p.m.
Elvis' Tupelo Driving Tour
Visit 12 places that were influential in young Elvis Presley's formative years in Tupelo.
Elvis' Tupelo Self-Guided Bicycle Tour
Explore Elvis' Tupelo on two-wheels by visiting 12 places that were influential in young Elvis Presley's formative years in Tupelo.
Gumtree Museum of Art
Non-profit museum promoting the visual arts; it is a major cultural asset to Mississippi. Tue - Fri, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
HealthWorks! Kids Museum
Kindergarten through eighth graders are introduced to a lifetime of healthful habits. Mon – Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Explore Tupelo's rich history by visiting major sites on its Chickasaw Native American Trail, Civil War Trail, and Civil Rights & African-American Heritage Trail.
Mississippi Hills Exhibit Center
The Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area covers a 30-county region whose culture is influenced by the intersection of the Appalachian region and the Mississippi Delta. The center offers information and assists travelers in learning about this area. Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free.
Natchez Trace National Scenic Parkway & All American Road
20 nature trails, three sections of National Scenic Trail, biking, hiking, horseback riding and camping.
Natchez Trace Parkway Scenic Biking Trail
300-mile trail, picnic areas, activity areas, nature trails, developed and primitive camping.
Natchez Trace Parkway Visitors Center
Headquarters for this scenic route from Natchez to Nashville, Tennessee. Facilities open year-round for motorists, bikers and cyclists. Includes a film about the Natchez Trace. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; closed Christmas Day.
Natchez Trace Scenic Hiking Trails
Hiking trails along the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway. Three segments: Rocky Springs, five miles; Ridgeland, 20.5 miles; Tupelo, seven miles.
Off the Wall Mural Project
Celebrate Tupelo's unique culture by exploring the city's impressive collection of larger-than-life murals.
Oren Dunn City Museum
Learn about the milestones in Tupelo history, such as the 1864 Battle of Harrisburg and the 1936 Tupelo tornado. Tue - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission.
Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery
25 acres, 14 earthen ponds and one lined pond produce millions of fish each year. A 1904 Victorian manager’s house and Grandmother’s Gardens. Mon - Fri, 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Queen's Reward Meadery
Mississippi’s first meadery, Queen’s Reward makes award-winning mead and offers tours and tastings in their exquisite tasting room.
Tupelo Buffalo Park & Zoo
The Tupelo Buffalo Park, with the largest herd east of the Mississippi River, will delight the entire family. Bus tour, petting zoo, a wide assortment of animals, trail rides and gift shop. Hours are seasonal. Admission.
Tupelo Hardware Co.
Family owned hardware store founded in 1929 and still in operation today. Gladys Presley bought Elvis his first guitar as a tenth birthday present from Tupelo Hardware Co. The company embraces its importance in music history, with an employee dedicated to the interpretation of the story for guests, and still sells guitars. Mon - Fri, 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Sat, 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tupelo National Battlefield
Site of July 1864 battle between the forces of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and Union Gen. William T. Sherman. Neither side proved victorious. Site of the last major engagement of the Civil War in Mississippi. Daily, dawn to dusk.
Tupelo Veterans Museum
War memorabilia honoring those who dedicated their lives to ensuring freedom for all Americans. Tue - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Donations accepted.
Tupelo Visitors Center
Begin your Tupelo journey at the city's newest attraction featuring interactive exhibits on Tupelo's many attractions, including its favorite native son, Elvis Presley.
Vietnam Veterans Replica Wall Memorial
The memorial is a sixty percent replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., and is situated next to an F-105 Thunderchief on display in Veterans Park.
Lee CountyCity Population 3,390
DeSoto CountyCity Population 1,160
Hernando Desoto River Park
41-acre park is DeSoto county's only public access to the Mississippi River north of Lake Cormorant.
Mississippi Mound Trail Edgefield Mounds
Two ancient Indian burial mounds with parking on top of the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River basin.
Memphis Minnie Gravesite
Memphis Minnie, born Lizzie “Kid” Douglas in 1897, is considered by many to be the best female blues singer of all time, and was among the first twenty performers inducted to the Hall of Fame in the inaugural W.C. Handy Awards in 1980. Located at New Hope M.B. Church Cemetery. Mississippi Blues Trail Marker. Daily, dawn to dusk.
Yalobusha CountyCity Population 3,830
Downtown gallery and artist collective located in a National Register of Historic Places building. Thu - Fri, 12 - 5 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Turnage Drug Store
Best place in the Valley since 1907 for a soda, malt or milkshake. Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.