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Camping Road Trip along the Natchez Trace Parkway
CampingRoadTrip.comFor the nature and outdoors enthusiast, there’s no place like the Natchez ...
For the nature and outdoors enthusiast, there’s no place like the Natchez Trace Parkway. It crisscrosses three states for 444 miles, 300 of which are in Mississippi. Along the way, you can enjoy a number of activities, from cycling to fishing, and see a wealth of natural and cultural landmarks. This five-day itinerary highlights the must-sees on your trip.
“A road trip down the Natchez Trace Parkway can be an awe-inspiring experience. It may not hit you at first, but when you drive along the Parkway, you'd be traveling down the approximation of a 10,000-year-old pathway so steeped in history that, if it could, it would tell you tales of wonder you'd never read in any book.”
Tishomingo County Courthouse: The Marriage Capital
In 1870, Prentiss and Alcorn Counties were carved out what was the original Tishomingo ...
In 1870, Prentiss and Alcorn Counties were carved out what was the original Tishomingo County located in the extreme northeastern corner of our great state. Here, the 19th-century architectural charm and authentic southern hospitality were in full swing.
In Iuka, one building was crucial to the area’s rich history and still stands as a reminder of days gone by. The Tishomingo County Courthouse is a quaint 19th century building carefully restored and filled with extraordinary antique collections. It houses a large selection of vintage court documents and memorabilia along with county archives. Additionally, the courtroom and sheriff’s office accurately depict the building’s historical usage.
During its busiest days, the Tishomingo County Courthouse was the site where more than 55,000 couples were married. In fact, at one time, the courthouse was called the “Marriage Capital of the South,” because couples from Alabama and Tennessee would cross state lines to marry in Iuka since there was no three-day waiting period. Preachers and justices of the peace would race to the cars outside to be the first to marry the waiting lovebirds.
The courthouse also played host to the famous annual gospel singing convention, which was held here from 1917 until 1971. And it was the location of political speeches by former governors Theodore G. Bilbo and James K.Vardaman.
The historic courthouse was vacated in 1971, but today serves as the home of the Tishomingo County Historical and Genealogical Society and its historical museum. The second floor courtroom is available for weddings, civic and business meetings, bridal and baby showers and school or family reunions.
The building is open Tuesday-Friday from 10-4 year-round and Saturdays from 10-2 from May through September. For more information about the Tishomingo County Courthouse, click here.
Weekends Away: Ocean Springs
Country Roads Magazine White sand beaches, local art galleries, and fresh-from-the-Gulf ...
Country Roads Magazine
White sand beaches, local art galleries, and fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood…Ocean Springs has them all. Travel writer Tracey Minkin shares why these charms, as well as the “offbeat and resolute spirit” of this seaside town, made her want to move there.
“I may have discovered the best and most beautiful small town in America. And quite by accident. Like an explorer who went looking for a trade route and stumbled onto a civilization, I went looking for a beach getaway along the gentle arc of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast and stumbled onto Ocean Springs.”
Beauvoir: A Post-War Legacy
Beauvoir – which means “beautiful to view” in French – has been a part of ...
Beauvoir – which means “beautiful to view” in French – has been a part of the Mississippi Gulf Coast since it was built in 1852. The estate was the post-war home of former Confederate president Jefferson Davis from 1876 until his death in 1889. It is a Mississippi Historical Landmark and a National Historic Landmark, dedicated to preserving and interpreting the legacy of Davis and the Southern soldier. Thousands of visitors from across the country and around the world tour the buildings and landscaped grounds of the historic seaside estate every year.
Located on a 51-acre property in Biloxi, the mansion is restored to 1889. Both the Library Pavilion and Hayes Cottages have been replicated as well as a cistern behind the mansion. The grounds also include a Confederate Cemetery where the Tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier and the grave of Jefferson Davis’ father, Samuel, are located. The Rose Garden of Varina Davis (Jefferson’s wife) has also been restored.
Besides its magnificent antebellum buildings, Beauvoir maintained a large collection of items belonging to the Davis family, including furniture, art, textiles and archival materials. The property was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and five of seven buildings on the site were destroyed and the remaining two were damaged. The repair and restoration process is ongoing. But the new Jefferson Davis Presidential Library recently opened to the public. And a variety of events, including Christmas at Beauvoir, are now being hosted on the property as fundraisers and community activities.
Beauvoir is open for self-guided tours from 9 – 5 seven days a week. Guided tours are also available every half hour beginning at 9:30 a.m. To get more information about admission fees and special events, visit beauvoir.org.
Mississippi Freedom Trail
The 15th marker on the Mississippi Freedom Trail was unveiled in McComb last week. This latest ...
The 15th marker on the Mississippi Freedom Trail was unveiled in McComb last week. This latest marker is in honor of C.C. Bryant, best known for his contributions to the Civil Rights and Voter Registration Movement, both in Mississippi and across the nation. In 1954, Bryant was elected president of the Pike County Chapter of the NAACP, followed by his election as vice president of Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP under the leadership of Aaron E. Henry and Field Secretary Medgar Evers. In 1965, Bryant testified before the Civil Rights Commission to eliminate discriminatory voting practices. His testimony, along with that of other civil rights leaders, helped pave the way for the passing and signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
But Bryant is only one of the courageous men and women that the state of Mississippi is recognizing for their dedication to the fight for justice and equality.
In commemoration of those heroes and Mississippi’s pivotal role in the American Civil Rights Movement, the Mississippi Freedom Trail was created in 2011. This unique cultural initiative offers a virtual tour of the state and an in-depth look at the people and places that played a pivotal role in the fight for justice and equality.
Both a visitor attraction and an educational tool, the Mississippi Freedom Trail recognizes the bravery and courage of the men and women who were a part of the movement in the 1950s, '60s and beyond. It serves as an acknowledgement of the state’s dark past, but most importantly, the trail is a reminder of Mississippi’s thriving present and bright future.
The first Freedom Trail markers were unveiled in conjunction with the Mississippi Freedom 50thFoundation’s 2011 reunion activities for the 1961 Freedom Riders. The trail will also be a welcome complement to the state’s forthcoming Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, slated to open in 2017.
To date, markers have been placed in honor of Fannie Lou Hamer, Medgar Evers, James Meredith and other pioneers. Markers are also in place around the state to recognize pivotal locations or events, like the one at the site of Bryant’s Grocery in Money, Miss. That site is where young Emmett Till was accused of whistling at a white woman, resulting in his murder), an event which is said to have sparked what we consider the modern Civil Rights Movement.
For more information about the state's Civil Rights heritage and the Mississippi Freedom Trail, click here.
City Guide: Jackson, MS
Design Sponge Jacksonian and designer Shana Bearden’s city guide highlights what makes the ...
Jacksonian and designer Shana Bearden’s city guide highlights what makes the capital city so unique: its strong arts community, cultural heritage, and plenty of outstanding food and drink. The guide includes several timeless attractions, as well as a few new arrivals.
“Mississippi is like a good cocktail. You have to drink it slowly, and savor its layers and simplicity. There is a great appreciation of traditions and history here. So many places will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time, and so many creatives use this atmosphere as a foundation for new endeavors. We mix the best of the old and the new for something truly special. You are sure to experience these charms for yourself when you visit Jackson, Mississippi.”
Tunica Riverpark, Tunica, Miss.
Tunica is probably best known for its gaming action, outlet center and easy access from Memphis, ...
Tunica is probably best known for its gaming action, outlet center and easy access from Memphis, Tenn. But in addition to great slots, live music, comedy shows and buffets, Tunica is also home to an attraction that celebrates the Mississippi River and offers year-round exploration of one of our state’s greatest natural resources.
Perfect for family outings or a romantic sunset walk, the Tunica RiverPark offers visitors an up-close view of the awe-inspiring beauty of the Mississippi River. The grounds are rich with native wildlife and flora, and the stunning architectural features of the RiverPark Overlook provide breathtaking views of the great river. The Riverpark features the Mississippi River Museum, a nature trail, a 48-foot river overlook and a gift shop. It was named “Best of the Road” by Rand McNally in the 2011 edition of America’s Road Atlas.
The Mississippi River Museum at the Riverpark is a journey through time via authentic artifacts and exhibits along with an extensive, interactive showcase of history, nature and culture. Recent exhibits at the Riverpark have provided some very diverse offerings for visitors. “From Plantation to Prosperity: A Black Family History in the Mississippi Delta” explored the roots of African Americans in the region. Another exhibition showcased the works of Delta-born artists. Two kid-friendly exhibits – “Mound Builder” and “Wildlife Spotting” – delivered interactive fun for the Riverpark’s youngest visitors.
In addition to the Riverpark and museum, visitors can explore the region from the river’s point of view aboard the Tunica Queen. Just imagine enjoying the sunset on the Mississippi River from the deck of a riverboat modeled after the iconic vessels of old! Sightseeing cruises and dinner cruises are available from March through December.
Closed on Mondays and Christmas Day, the Tunica Riverpark is open 10-7 March – October and 10-5 November – February. The Nature Trail and Gift Shop are free to the public. Tickets for the museum and Tunica Queen are available at the Riverpark ticket desk. For more information, click here.
Greetings from the Governor
Welcome to the great state of Mississippi! Every region offers one-of-a-kind experiences that you ...
Welcome to the great state of Mississippi! Every region offers one-of-a-kind experiences that you can’t get anywhere else. We relish life in Mississippi and want to share our passion with you through song, literature, food and art.
As you scroll and click your way through our online resources, we think you’ll feel our enthusiasm, too. We invite you to explore our official tourism website and to start planning your journey through the Magnolia State today.
On behalf of the people of Mississippi, we look forward to having you as our guest. We hope that you’ll return again and again for the real, down-home experiences that you can only get right here.
Governor Phil Bryant
Top 5 Ways to Use the New VisitMississippi.org
Welcome to the new visitmississippi.org! We’ve designed our new site to make it easy and fun ...
Welcome to the new visitmississippi.org! We’ve designed our new site to make it easy and fun to plan your trip to Mississippi. As you move through it, you’ll be able to filter attractions by your interests, and by the area of the state that you’ll be visiting. You can save them to a custom trip itinerary, then email, print, or share it on social media. Read on for the top 5 things that you can do on our new site.
1. Discover what you can see and do in Mississippi.
If you’re new to Mississippi and want to know what you might do here during your trip, start with the Regions page. You’ll learn what each of the five regions of our state has to offer visitors. If you know which region(s) you’d like to visit, click into its page from the top navigation to see only the attractions in that region.
Click on “See & Do” to see all events and points of interest throughout the state, then filter them by region and topic. Hover over “See & Do” to view pages about focus areas, such as Music & Arts and Golf & Sports. Looking for something specific? Use the search bar at the top of the site. You can also translate the site into several different languages.
Interested in visiting places that have been covered by the media? Refer to the “As Seen In” section of the home page to see a few highlights, and find more Media Coverage in the Press Room.
2. Find out about upcoming events.
Did you know that Governor Phil Bryant has declared 2014 the Year of the Creative Economy? That’s why we launched Mississippi Homecoming, a statewide celebration of the arts, culture, music, and food that make our state like no other place on earth. Learn more and find a Homecoming event for you, or see all events listed on our site.
3. Stay current on what’s happening around the state.
At the bottom of the home page, you’ll see a news feed (What’s Happening) with stories related to tourism around the state. On the blog we feature upcoming events, points of interest, and culture, and we can bet that you’ll discover something new. In the footer of our site, you can find us on social media, where you can see up-to-the-minute updates and participate in giveaway contests. Check out the Press Room for our press releases, and media coverage of Mississippi tourist destinations.
In the footer, you can get to know our Tourism Partners, the convention & visitors bureaus and associations around the state. Visit their websites for events and attractions local to each area.
4. Order a free tour guide.
The 2014 official Mississippi tour guide features Clarksdale resident and Ground Zero Blues Club owner Morgan Freeman in its cover story. In the guide, you’ll find feature articles on some of our state’s most fascinating attractions, including tours of working farms and movie locations, Civil War sites, and outdoor adventures. The best part of the tour guide? It’s free to download or receive by mail.
You can also request a variety of other free materials by mail: a golf guide, a Civil War Historical Sites Map, a Blues Trail map, and a blues festival calendar.
Now it’s time to start planning your trip! The Trip Planner tool is designed to help you build a custom itinerary quickly and smoothly. When you click on a bookmark, you’ll be prompted to enter your email so we can save your itinerary and send it to you. Our “smart site” will also keep track of your interests so it can suggest things to do that are most relevant to you.
We invite you to stop in at one of our 13 Welcome Centers, located on the perimeter of the state as you enter Mississippi. Have a cup of hot coffee on us and let our friendly staff know what you’re looking to experience while you’re here.
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