True Small Town Living
Recently named as one of "10 Great Small Towns for Retirement" by Travel 50 & Beyond magazine, Aberdeen is a historic town filled with friendly faces and the perfect retirement community.
The natural setting of Aberdeen contributes to its charm almost as much as the people. The town is famous for its median of magnolia trees, and visitors will attest to the fact that there is nothing quite as soothing as the scent and shade from a row of magnolias. The local yards are filled with crape myrtles, and in spring the dogwood and azaleas brighten the entire town. Aberdeen's architecture reflects the comfortable, laid-back way of life here.
Over 220 of the local buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, and their timeless grace permeates the town. "Silk Stocking Avenue" (otherwise known as Franklin Street) highlights Aberdeen's Victorian residential area. These beautiful examples of Victorian and antebellum architecture bring visitors to the city every year for the Aberdeen Pilgrimage. The Evans Memorial Library was founded in 1939 by physician/author/historian Dr. William Augustus Evans and houses a nationally-recognized historical museum for those who take an interest in the past. North Mississippi Medical Center is the largest non-metropolitan hospital in the United States and is located just 35 miles north of Aberdeen. The hospital offers state-of-the-art medical technology in a variety of specialties.
The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, Blue Bluff Recreation Area and Morgan's Landing Park keep Aberdeen residents close to nature. You can spend the day on the water boating and fishing, and the surrounding woodlands offer excellent hunting – perfect pastimes for those seeking retirement in Mississippi.
The residents of Aberdeen come together for several festivals and celebrations throughout the year. The Aberdeen Pilgrimage takes place in April and includes Lies and Legends of Old Aberdeen Cemetery, during which candlelight tours of the cemetery are conducted and the tales of those resting there are recounted.
Holiday festivities kick off with the downtown Christmas parade for great family fun. As Christmas comes closer, neighborhoods get together to compete for the best decorations during the annual Driving Tour.
Read about what people like yourself have to say about Aberdeen as a retirement community:
Davis and Mary Carter recently moved all the way down from Auburn, Maine. Here's what they have to say about their migration to Aberdeen.
Mississippi Living: How did you discover Mississippi?
The Carters: We're just lucky we guess. Over the past 45 years, we've had several opportunities to visit the state, so we've known for quite a while what an attractive place this is. But I tell you, that tax break is something you can't fully appreciate until you live here.
Mississippi Living: Besides the taxes, what do you enjoy most about Mississippi?
The Carters: It's just a lot less crowded, and life seems to move at a really comfortable pace. People here always have time to be friendly, and they have this wonderful regard for heritage and history.
Mississippi Living: What's your role in the Aberdeen community?
The Carters: Well, there's a remarkable library here, and we do a lot of work with it. We also pitch in with the Main Street Association and the local theater. When we feel like getting our hands dirty, there's always the Garden Club.
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(under age 65): $1,430 |
(65 and older): $450
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Commercial passenger air service is available at Golden Triangle Regional Airport (30 miles south), and Tupelo (35 miles north). |