15. July 2013 10:05
One of the great traditions of summer in the True South is to attend an outdoor festival or fair for a taste of the diverse cultural heritage displayed across Mississippi. Many of these are annual events that draw locals and visitors alike to enjoy long-standing traditions.
These unique events take place in communities all across Mississippi and showcase the authentic sights and sounds of the state’s Southern culture through music, arts and crafts, food and more. Now is a great time to plan a trip and experience the True South’s most interesting events.
Click here for a sample of the entertaining festivals and fairs you can experience this summer in Mississippi.
15. July 2013 09:49
Corinth is a significant location in the state’s American Civil War history and heritage. Its proximity to Shiloh National Military Park and the area’s pivotal role during the war offer the ideal backdrop as the state commemorates the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War now through 2015.
While many might be aware of the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, Brice’s Crossroads and other sites, the Corinth Contraband Camp is another part of the state’s heritage that might not be as familiar to some visitors.
During the war, many African Americans who fled Southern plantations and farms seeking freedom and protection found Union-occupied Corinth to be a secure location. The Corinth Contraband Camp was established by Union General Grenville M. Dodge to accommodate these refugees.
The Corinth camp resembled a small town, complete with a church, commissary, hospital, frame and log homes, and a street grid with named streets and numbered houses. An American Missionary Association School operated where over 1,000 African American children and adults learned to read through the efforts of various benevolent organizations.
In December 1863, the camp was moved to Memphis and the freedmen resided in a more traditional refugee facility for the remainder of the war. The Corinth Contraband Camp was the first step on the road to freedom and the struggle for equality for thousands of former slaves. A plaque near the entrance fittingly reads, “Here a newly free people took their unswerving first steps on the long road to full citizenship.”
Today, a portion of the historic Corinth Contraband Camp is preserved to commemorate those who began their journey to freedom there in 1862-1863. This land now hosts a quarter-mile walkway, which exhibits six life-size bronze sculptures depicting the men, women and children who inhabited the camp.
3. July 2013 05:53
You just never know what’s going to happen at the Pearl River County Welcome Center. We had a genuine “Tea Party” courtesy of Sweet Serenity Tea Room on June 30. Cindy Sanders and her husband, Gary, served Magnolia Peach Ice Tea, hot scones with Devonshire cream cheese spread (this is her mother's secret recipe), chocolate éclairs and cream puffs. They answered many questions concerning the brewing of and types of tea, both hot and cold. So if you ever thought about a nice cup of hot tea or a glass of ice dtea along with some scones, a salad, a wrap or a sandwich in a lovely setting with great atmosphere, you just have to visit Cindy at Sweet Serenity Tea Room & Café located at 217 S. Curran St. in Picayune.
3. July 2013 05:34
June 14 was a very busy day at the Pearl River Welcome Center in Picayune. The morning included a beautiful flag raising courtesy of special guests Russell Foster and Frank Egger, both veterans who did the honors of raising the American and State flags. Afterwards guests and visitors enjoyed a beautifully decorated flag cake done in red, white and blue. In the afternoon, the center hosted a storytelling time with author Mac McClelland and his wife Charlotte who read “Hopping to Toomey.” The children were overjoyed to hear and learn about the rabbits and the small town of Toomey and enjoy lemonade and other treats. One lucky participant, a young man named Bryce, won an autographed copy of the book.
9. April 2013 04:49
||More than 75 colorful buildings dating back to the turn of the 20th century line this magnolia-and-oak-filled square. They've made it onto the National Register of Historic Places, as has the commanding 1857 Greek Revival courthouse. (The Gallery, across Liberty Street from the courthouse, still has a drawer marked "Opium" from 100 years ago, when it was a pharmacy.) The town's southern charms lure visitors, most notably during the Canton Flea Market Arts & Crafts Show held each May and October. www.cantontourism.com
4. April 2013 08:47
Pike County Welcome Center I-55 North 3 miles from Osyka, Ms will celebrate Confederate Heritage Month starting April 12, 2013 from 10:00 am -1: 00 pm the Daughters of Confederacy will greet tourist dressed in their Civil War period of attire. They will be serving cookies as they talk to the tourists.
April 13-14, 2013 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm the Stockdale Rangers and the Sons of Confederacy will set up tents, cook on site, display weapons, and dress in Civil War period of attire.
4. April 2013 06:25
Mr. Ed Hahn, originally from New Orleans now a resident of Carriere, MS is the Executive Chef for Paul’s Pastry. Ed's passion is food and has worked as a chef for 35 years, but his real love is art. Ed has carved wooden duck decoys since he was a small boy with his grandfather. His grandfather, Mr. Earl Blappert taught him the techniques of repairing the decoys heads and bodies before each hunting season. He had no idea that his love for hunting would turn into this fantastic folk-art, developing his skill in painting and carving. Ed will be at the Pearl River County Welcome Center April 6, 2013 demonstrating his gifted talents.
21. February 2013 05:05
The staff at the Pearl River County Welcome Center invites you to join us on February 23, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to interact with local veterans and members of the Mississippi Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Local Camp 373, Gainesville Volunteers. They will be discussing the Civil War and showing artifacts from the era. Please come and celebrate the day with us and take a few brochures along as souvenirs. Pearl River County Welcome Center, I-59 North, Picayune, Miss., 601.798.8184
15. February 2013 11:09
On February 22, stop by the Warren County Welcome Center in Vicksburg and meet Glenn Taylor and his wife Karen, of Terry, Miss. Tables of relics including weapons, accoutrements, bottles and memorabilia from the Civil War will be on display. Also see authentic period uniforms and antebellum dresses. Free coffee will be served. Warren County Welcome Center, 4201 S. Washington St., Vicksburg, Miss. For more information, call 601.368.4269.
4. December 2012 10:23
Mississippi, if you don't already know it, is the Birthplace of America's Music. This claim is indisputable, fact, cannot be denied, undeniably true - period. This is especially true with regards to the Blues, a soulful genre of music born of back-breaking work, sweat of the brow, down on your luck, misery and pain. But, you don't have to live it to feel it. Just follow the Mississippi Blues Trail and discover the rich musical heritage that makes Mississippi a one of a kind unique experience. This music trail will take you along a path well traveled by legendary bluesmen - and women - whose lives influenced some of the world's most famous musicians, singers and songwriters. The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley and the Beatles are just a few who gained so much from the bluesmen of Mississippi. If you love Blues music, don't miss out on traveling along the Mississippi Blues Trail.