Our history boasts a long list of Mississippi landmarks and interesting places where one can witness firsthand the footprints of the past. Across the state, the caretakers and curators of these historic places work diligently to preserve their wonder for generations to come.
One of our premier National Historic Landmarks is Rosalie mansion. This Federal-style mansion in Natchez was built in 1823 near the site of the former French fort of the same name. The house served as the local headquarters for the Union Army during the Civil War and has been furnished with period 1850s furniture. The four-acre Rosalie Historic Gardens surround the mansion and back up to a six-acre meadow overlooking the Mississippi River.
The Old Mississippi State Capitol is located in the state capital of Jackson—one of only two cities in the United States developed specifically to serve as a state capital. This beautifully preserved building served as Mississippi’s official state house from 1839 to 1903, and now serves as a museum dedicated to its own history and restoration. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1990 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places – certainly one of the most famous landmarks in Mississippi.
Another one of our famous Mississippi landmarks, The Winterville Mounds, named for the nearby town of Winterville, is a prehistoric ceremonial site built by early Native Americans that thrived here between 1000 and 1400 A.D. The mounds were part of the society’s religious structure and were used for ceremonies and religious rites. Off of the Natchez Trace Parkway just north of Natchez is the Emerald Mound site. A ceremonial space built and used between 1250 and 1600 AD, this eight-acre site is one of the largest mounds in North America.