Welcome Centers

The Welcome Centers in Mississippi are attractions unto themselves, each built to resemble the antebellum structures for which our state is famous. Each is beautifully decorated with fine antique furnishings from the period. Neatly manicured grounds feature picnic tables and grills, telephones, RV waste disposal facilities, 24-hour security, restrooms and weather information. Motor coach parking is available, as well as complimentary refreshments. The Welcome Center staff stands ready to answer any questions you have, and can even help with lodging reservations. Regular hours at all Welcome Centers are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.



Adams County

The Adams County Welcome Center is located inside the Natchez Visitor Reception Center at 640 S. Canal Street in Natchez, Mississippi, the oldest settlement on the Mississippi River. The center was completed in 1997 and overlooks the bluffs of the Mississippi River. Amenities include: Natchez Orientation and history exhibits, including maps, models and photographs; a 75-seat theater for a 20-minute film about Natchez; visitor planning and ticket purchasing area; bookstore and gift shop offering Natchez merchandise; and a sky ramp viewing area overlooking the Mississippi River.

Annette Anderson, Supervisor
640 South Canal Street – Box D
Natchez, Mississippi 39120
601.442.5849
Fax:601.442.7130
adams@mississippi.org

Alcorn County

Its proximity to the intersection of Highway 72 and Highway 45 make Corinth an ideal site for one of the state's Welcome Centers. Located at 2028 South Tate Street in Corinth, the Alcorn County Welcome Center was completed in 1998. Built in the traditional colonial style and accented with antiques from the 1800's, the center brings to mind a cozy Southern home where weary travelers can relax before continuing their journey.

Sherry Brown, Supervisor
2028 South Tate Street
Corinth, Mississippi 38834
662.286.3443
Fax: 662.287.8164
alcorn@mississippi.org

 

Delma Furniss

Delma Furniss Hospitality Station is the only Mississippi Welcome Center named for an individual. Senator Furniss is honored because of his diligence in establishing of the center. Located in the Delta Region at the junction of Highways 49 and 61 near Lula, Mississippi, the center opened in September 2004. The center sits on a significant historical site where over 10,000 Native American artifacts dating back several thousand years were found. Visitors can enjoy a film about the area, its history and the archeology dig. Shards, arrowheads and other artifacts are displayed along with pertinent information.

Cassandra Wilson, Supervisor
Intersection of Highway 49 and Highway 61
Lula, Mississippi 38644
662.337.2305
Fax: 662 337.4276
delma@mississippi.org

 

DeSoto County

The DeSoto County Welcome Center opened in September of 1976. Like the state's other Welcome Centers, its architecture reflects the antebellum South, incorporating moldings, trim and brickwork that were hallmarks of the antebellum style. The Center received minor renovations in 1984 and underwent extensive renovations in 1999 and 2000, when new restrooms, walking paths and landscaping were added.

Bobbie Wilson, Supervisor
I-55 South
Hernando, Mississippi 38632
662.429.9969
Fax: 662.429.5061
desoto@mississippi.org

Hancock County

The Hancock County Welcome Center is the largest of Mississippi’s 13 Welcome Centers. Located at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Highway 607 on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Welcome Center includes a 7,000 square foot facility located on 60 acres of land. The center includes picnic grounds and rest area facilities, and is the site of a unique landmark armillary sphere.

Bobbie Tate, Supervisor
I-10 and Highway 607
Pearlington, MS 39572
228.533.5554
Fax: 228.533.7086
hancock@mississippi.org

 

Itawamba county

The Itawamba County Welcome Center is located in the northeastern area of the state, known as the Hills region. Perched on a hillside at the western tip of the Appalachians, the center overlooks Highway 78 and evokes the antebellum South with its beautiful Williamsburg design.

Ann Miller, Supervisor
Highway 78
Tremont, Mississippi 38876
662.652.3330
Fax: 662.652.3332
itawamba@mississippi.org

Jackson County

The Jackson County Welcome Center first opened in 1976, but relocated to its current location on Interstate 10 in 1984. The building is comprised of St. Joe brick and is located on approximately 60 acres.

Jackson County Welcome Center
I-10 West Bound, Exit 75
Moss Point, Mississippi 39563
228.475.3384
Fax: 228.475.3354
jackson@mississippi.org

Lauderdale County

Like the other Mississippi Welcome Centers, the Lauderdale County Welcome Center is designed to capture the aura of the antebellum South. Its colonial style building is complete with surrounding veranda, stately brick columns and a fireplace featuring the Mississippi state seal. Brass chandeliers, skylights and other details complete the design. The center sits on 40 acres of woodlands that showcase native trees, flowers and shrubs.

Sandra Chambers, Supervisor
I-20 and I-59 West Bound
Toomsuba, Mississippi 39364
601.632.1142
Fax: 601.632.1155
lauderdale@mississippi.org

 

Pearl River County

The Pearl River County Welcome Center opened its doors on July 1, 1976. It is located sixty-five mile south of Hattiesburg, approximately 45 miles north of New Orleans, and approximately 60 miles from Biloxi, on our beautiful Gulf Coast.

Cynthia Poland, Supervisor
I-59 North
Picayune, Mississippi 39466
601.798.8184
Fax: 601.798.8175
pearl@mississippi.org

Pike County

Since February of 1976, visitors have been welcomed to the Pike County Welcome Center with a warm smile and helpful information about restaurants, lodging, events and attractions throughout Mississippi. The center offers 26 picnic tables and 4 covered pavilions. During the summer months, visitors often use the picnic tables for family gatherings and outings.

Patsy Brown, Supervisor
I-55 North, 3 Miles North of Osyka
Magnolia, Mississippi 39652
601.783.5068
Fax: 601.783.4977
pike@mississippi.org

Warren County

The Warren County Welcome Center is of particular interest because of its location in Vicksburg, one of the state’s most significant historic sites. Native Indians, explorers and the early settlers all traveled this bluff. Flatboats, keel boats and the elegant steamboats all stopped here during the Civil War.

Debbie Dolan, Supervisor
4210 Washington Street
Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180
601.638.4269
Fax: 601.638.4201
warren@mississippi.org

Washington County

The Washington County Welcome Center was originally created by the City of Greenville for the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans. After the World's Fair, this replica of a 19th century steamboat was dismantled and brought back to Greenville to serve as a tourist center. The replica now sits in eighteen inches of water and serves as one of the state's most unique Welcome Centers.

Markita Grady, Supervisor
Highway 82 and Reed Road
Greenville, Mississippi 38704
662.332.2378
Fax: 662.332.2330
washington@mississippi.org

 

Woodville

The stately appearance of the Woodville Hospitality Station is firmly rooted in Mississippi’s rich antebellum architectural heritage. Traditional materials, forms and scale were used in the design. The red clay brick and wood timber framing are indigenous materials that are signature elements of the region’s unique architecture. The interior was done in keeping with the authentic look and feel of the era, and the deep-cut and shaded front porch stands as the epitome of Mississippi hospitality.

Nanette Carter, Supervisor
853 U. S. Highway 61 South
Woodville, Mississippi 39669
601.888.4463
Fax: 601.888.9924
woodville@mississippi.org




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