Monroe CountyCity Population 5,612
Aberdeen Visitors Bureau
Aberdeen Architectural Driving Tour
Driving Tour through 3 historic districts highlighting almost every style of Southern architecture. Free maps available at the Visitors Bureau office.
Aberdeen Blues Mural
Colorful backdrop to the Blues Trail marker, the mural is an artistic rendering of Aberdeen bluesmen: Bukka White, Albert King and Howlin’ Wolf. By Mississippi artist Cristen Barnard. Drive-by.
Blue Bluff Recreation Area
Covered pavilion, picnic area, playground, sandy beach, volleyball and basketball courts. Hiking trail, fishing areas, boat ramp and dock, restrooms. Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway scenic overlook.
This historic courthouse was built in 1912 and features marble floors, stained glass Dome and ironwork. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and open Mon. - Fri., 8a.m.-5p.m.
Center for the arts hosts live productions and current movies every weekend. Built in 1937, this renovated Art Nouveau-style theater, with original ticket booth and neon marquee, is an Aberdeen icon. Admission.
Evans Memorial Library
Nationally known for its historical materials, it houses volumes of genealogical research. Home to the F.S. McKnight Photographic Collection containing over 14,000 photos dating 1890s - 1930s. Mon - Thu, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Fri - Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
First Missionary Baptist Church
One of the oldest historically African-American churches in the area. Rebuilt in 1921, church records precede the turn of the 20th century. Open year- round. By appointment. Free. Donations accepted.
c. 1850. Completely restored Greek Revival mansion. Many original furnishings and memorabilia. By appointment. Admission.
c. 1850. Beautiful antebellum home, furnished with antiques and features an unusual staircase. Weddings, receptions and special occasions. Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. By appointment. Admission.
Old Aberdeen & Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery
Resting place for many pioneers and Civil War veterans, including Jeffrey Forrest, brother of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest. Beautiful monuments. Brochure guide available at the Aberdeen Visitors Bureau. Open daily. Free.
c. 1874. Italianate-Victorian home features plaster moldings, extensive collections of quilts, clocks and antiques. By appointment. Admission.
Silk Stocking Row Historic District Walking Tour
Tour of Aberdeen’s Historic District, including former home of Judge Eugene Octave Sykes. Historic homes and landmarks. Brochures available at the Aberdeen Visitors Bureau. Mon - Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Open year-round. Free.
St. Peter’s United Methodist Church
Lifeboat Church, where Howlin’ Wolf sang as a boy, and St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, established in the mid-1800s, combined in the 1960s to form St. Peter’s. By appointment.
Choctaw CountyCity Population 1.593
Ackerman-Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce
Choctaw Lake Recreational Area
Three birding trails 1.5 miles in length, tree identification trail and six miles of trails for hiking/biking with 2.7 miles of those being handicap accessible. Fishing, boat ramps, pavilions and camping.
Davis Lake Recreation Area
Fishing, swimming, camping, hiking and picnic areas. Open year-round.
Tombigbee National Forest
This 67,000-acre national forest is covered with pine and upland hardwood. Many medium-sized lakes are located within the forest. Popular for hunting deer and turkey.
Monroe CountyCity Population 7,743
Amory Regional Museum
This museum is now housed in the town’s first hospital, built in 1916. In 1976, it became Amory’s Bicentennial project and was converted to a museum. Tue - Fri, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed major holidays. Free admission.
Noxubee CountyCity Population 1,140
Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
48,000-acre refuge consisting of bottomland and upland forests. Enjoy fishing, hunting, hiking, photography and wildlife observation. Group educational programs available by appointment.
Leake CountyCity Population 4,794
Leake County Development Association
The Carthage Post Office
Built in 1939 and still in operation. Houses a New Deal wooden relief of “Lumbermen Rolling a Log.” Installed in 1941 by Peter Dalton honoring Carthage’s ties to the logging industry. Mon - Tue and Thu - Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Wed, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Sat, 9 - 11 a.m.
Breathtaking views nestled in lush groves, the park offers camping pads, pool, playground, bathhouses, laundry area, pavilion and nature trail. Nightly and permanent RV sites.
The Leake County Courthouse
Built in 1936 by J.R. Flint Construction, the courthouse serves as a landmark in downtown Carthage. Designed by architect E.L. Malvaney, the courthouse is a Mississippi Landmark. Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Leake County Water Park
Fishing, swimming, trails, playground, boat ramp, covered pavilion, picnic tables, grills, comfort station, bathhouse and RV hookups.
Low Head Dam
Offering a true connection to nature and the great outdoors, Low Head Dam is equipped with RV sites with water, electricity, dump station, picnic tables, comfort station and boat ramp.
Newton CountyCity Population 356
Chunky River Recreation
Located on the west bank of the Chunky River, a Mississippi designated scenic stream. Offering shaded, spacious campsites, onsite canoe and kayak rental. Trading Post offers area history.
Lazy Acres Plantation, LLC
Christmas tree farm, sleigh rides, pumpkin patch, corn maze, animal park and pig races. Oct: Sat, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun, 1 - 5 p.m.; Thanksgiving Day, 1 - 5 p.m.; After Thanksgiving: Thu - Sat, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun, 1 - 5 p.m.
Amzi Love Home
c. 1848. Home has remaining in the same family for eight generations, and many of the fine furnishings are original to the house. By appointment. Admission.
Columbus Air Force Base
Columbus Air Force Base has trained pilots since World War II. Once home of the B-52 bomber, it graduates hundreds of Air Force pilots annually.
Columbus Historic District
Historic home tours are available daily. Drop by or call the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center for antebellum homes year-round tour schedules. Mon – Sat, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Concord CME Church
c. 1867. African-American church established in Lowndes County following the Civil War. The congregation met beneath a large tree prior to building in 1908. By appointment.
Columbus Riverwalk & Nature Trail
The trail begins at Main St. and winds along the Tombigbee River with 4.4 miles of walking and biking paths. It offers two pavilions, bathrooms, benches, bike racks and picnic tables. Daily, dawn to dusk. Open year-round.
Columbus War Museum
Honors and recognizes those who died in military battles and the many who lived through them. Open year-round. Mon - Thu, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free.
Dewayne Hayes Recreation Area
A campground with 100 RV, ten primitive sites. Mountain biking, wildlife viewing area, activity area, boat launch, fishing, nature trail, picnic, water playground and more.
Eugenia Summer Gallery
Located on the SW corner of the MUW campus in the Art and Design Building. Gallery: Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m, except major holidays. Call for summer hours, May - Aug. Free. Open to the public.
The first free public school in Mississippi, Franklin Academy of Columbus opened its doors in 1821 on this site. The school remains open for students today.
Burial site of four Confederate generals and more than 2,000 Civil War soldiers. Site of America’s first Memorial Day observance in April 1866. At Friendship Cemetery, visitors will find the burial site of soldiers from every battle between the War of 1812 to the Bosnian Conflict, and can view the burial site of two Mississippi governors. A Jewish section is also represented in the cemetery. Daily, 7 a.m. - sunset.
c. 1843. Isaac Williams, a skilled laborer, and his brother Thomas, a blacksmith, free men of color, settled in the area and built this raised cottage. Drive-by.
Lowndes County Courthouse
Where the Mississippi Legislature met during the Civil War after the city of Jackson fell to Union forces. Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed all federal/state holidays.
Magnolia Motor Speedway
State-of-the-art race facility featuring a .375 mile dirt oval track.
Missionary Union Baptist Church
c. 1833. The oldest African-American Baptist church in northeast Mississippi. By appointment.
Plymouth Bluff Center
Conference center with meeting space, lodging, a museum and nature trails located on 190 acres of secluded forest land with impressive scenery along the bluffs of the old Tombigbee River.
R.E. Hunt Museum & Cultural Center
Built in 1954, R.E. Hunt was an African-American high school during a time when segregation and racism plagued society. Today, it is a museum and cultural center and a MS Historic Landmark. Tue, 1 - 5 p.m.
Robert Gleed Gravesite
Final resting place of Columbus' first African-American city councilman and Lowndes County's first African-American state senator. Drive-by.
The Rock 'N' Roll Scenic Byway
104-mile scenic byway: Hwy. 45 in Columbus, birthplace of playwright Tennessee Williams, to Tupelo and the Elvis Presley Birthplace, to Hwy. 78 for stops in Oxford and Holly Springs.
c. 1856. Considered one of the finest examples of Italianate architecture in Mississippi. By appointment with two-day advance scheduling. Admission.
Rosenzweig Arts Center
Art gallery featuring sculptures, jewelry and paintings by various artists on exhibit year-round, and a sales gallery. Tue - Sat, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church
Originated under a brush arbor by Christian slaves. In 1821, the land for the church was chartered. Original church was demolished and re-erected at present location in 1886, then remodeled in 1942. Drive-by.
Stennis East Bank & Columbus Recreation Area
Activity area (day use only), boat launch, fishing, sailing, water skiing and picnic area.
Stephen D. Lee Home & Museum
c. 1847. Built by Maj. Thomas Blewett. Once the residence of Confederate Gen. Stephen D. Lee, it is now a museum exhibiting Civil War collections. Available for wedding and reception rentals. Fri, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. or by appointment. Admission.
c. 1837. Combination of Federal and Greek Revival features adorn this classically designed four-story home with porches on three sides and 14 Doric columns. By appointment. Admission.
Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Transportation Museum
Museum highlights the uniqueness of this 234-mile stretch of waterway that connects Middle America with the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile, AL. Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Museum: Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sat by appointment
Tennessee Williams Home & Welcome Center
c. 1875. Tour the Victorian first home of playwright Tennessee Williams. The home is now a welcome center offering tours and information about Columbus and the surrounding area. Mon - Sat, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m
c. 1877. Historic marker shows the site of the first free school for African-Americans in Columbus. Drive-by.
Founded in 1884, Mississippi University for Women was the first public college for women in America. The campus boasts 23 buildings. National Register of Historic Places. Mon - Fri, except major holidays.
Kemper CountyCity Population 908
Kemper County Chamber of Commerce
Kemper County Historical Museum
Chartered in 1982, the museum is available for tours by appointment. Heritage Day is the first Saturday in November each year.
Kemper County Lake
One of the most beautiful lakes in the Southeast, with 180 acres of recreational development including 44 RV campsites, tent camping area, boat launches, bath house, picnic areas and pavilions.
Kemper County Veterans Walk
This veterans memorial walkway contains more than 950 engraved bricks. Located at the old courthouse on beautifully landscaped grounds. Open year-round. Free.
c. 1790. Run by a water turbine wheel, the mill can grind 32 bushels of corn or wheat per hour. Current wheel placed into operation in 1880. Opry on Saturday nights, 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Clarke CountyCity Population 452
Dunn’s Falls Water Park
A 65-ft. waterfall was used as the power source for a gristmill. Natural wildlife refuge, picnic area, hiking trails, cabin and swimming, plus primitive camping. Gift shop. Open year-round. Admission.
Enterprise Confederate Cemetery
Lovely old Confederate cemetery adjoining Enterprise Cemetery. Open year-round. Dawn to dusk. Free.
Scott CountyCity Population 6,008
Bienville National Forest
Over 178,000 acres managed for wildlife, timber and recreation, picnicking, camping, hunting, hiking and fishing. Visit Marathon and Shongelo Lakes, Shockaloe Horseback Riding Trail and Bienville Interpretive Trail.
Harrell Prairie Hill Botanical Area
Grassland oasis in the midst of Bienville National Forest, controlled to protect the unique habitat and its unique soil conditions. Abundant wildflower displays in late spring and summer. Call for appointment. Free.
Choctaw CountyCity Population 386
Colonel James Drake House
French Camp memorabilia and artifacts displayed in a renovated log cabin museum originally built in 1855.
French Camp Academy Alumni Museum
French Camp memorabilia and artifacts displayed in a renovated log cabin museum originally built in 1855.
French Camp Historic District
Est. 1812. Mid-1800s log cabins, museum, sorghum mill, thrift store, visitor center, gift shop and Council House Café. Also features an antebellum home, c. 1846 - 1848.
Huffman Log Cabin
Historic dogtrot cabin which serves as visitors center, gift shop and showplace for arts and crafts. Daily, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Attala CountyCity Population 7,335
Attala County Courthouse
Built in 1897, this majestic courthouse anchors the historic downtown business district. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a Mississippi Landmark. The working courthouse is open Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Genealogy Room
The Genealogy Room at the Attala County Library contains materials, books and publications that assist in tracking family histories. This collection is known to be the second largest collection in the state. By appointment.
Hugh Ellard Park
Public park featuring walking tracks, exercise equipment, tennis courts, pavilion for parties and splash pad.
Kosciusko Historic District
The historical value can be found by foot or automobile. 25 historic structures included on tour.
Kosciusko Museum & Visitors Center
A welcomed stop introducing visitors to the quaint town of Kosciusko where visitors can gather information about the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway and view a permanent display on Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a Polish freedom fighter. Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Mary Ricks Thornton Cultural Center
c. 1899. A 100-year-old structure built in Romanesque Revival style with stunning stained-glass windows. The building incorporates a Delta Gamma room with founders’ portraits. By appointment.
Natchez Trace Visitors Center
Newly renovated visitors center featuring travel information, refreshments and restrooms. Open daily.
Oprah Winfrey Road
Newly renovated visitors center featuring travel information, refreshments and restrooms. Open daily.
Winston CountyCity Population 6,708
Louisville-Winston County Chamber of Commerce
The American Heritage Big Red Fire Museum
Collection of restored antique fire equipment including late 1700 hand pumpers, hose reels, horse drawn ladder wagons and more. Established by W.A. "Bill" Taylor, Jr. with the purpose of promoting an appreciation of fire fighting history, a love and respect for our American heritage, the spirit of volunteerism and an awareness of community fire safety. By appointment.
Natural spring that pours out 500 gallons of pure spring water every hour.
Ivy Park-Louisville Coliseum
Tennis courts, baseball fields, walking track, playground, and rodeo/horse shows.
Family-owned resort with restaurant, conference center, motel, cabins and RV campground. Activities include fishing, tennis, swimming and boat rentals.
Louis Taunton Genealogy Room
Located in the Winston County Library, the room contains materials, books and publications that assist in researching family histories. Visit website for hours.
Louisville Historic District
The district features beautiful antebellum homes built as early as the mid-1800s.
Memorial Park Cemetery
A memorial in tribute to community resilience and in loving memory of those who last their lives in the tornado of April 2014.
Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
48,000 acres of forest land occupied by deer, turkey, quail and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, which relies on the refuge for its existence in central Mississippi. Visitor center and scenic driving route.
Unveiled July 4, 1921, the monument pays tribute to veterans of the Confederacy, the Spanish American War and World War I. Each face on the monument honors a different group of local heroes.
Historic theatre constructed in 1923 that now hosts cultural and live events such as a Christmas show for Grammy-award winner, Carl Jackson. Under construction.
Taylor’s Water Wheel
A picturesque landmark for motorists entering Louisville on Hwy. 14 West.
Noxubee CountyCity Population 2,816
Noxubee County Economic & Community Development Alliance
Noxubee County Historical Trail
Take a trip through history. A comprehensive tour book is available. The Chamber of Commerce has directions, pictures and historical information.
Lauderdale CountyCity Population 41,148
Around Town Carousels Abound
Brightly decorated carousel horses created by talented hands of local and regional artists and placed in prominent places around the city. Self-guided tour.
Beth Israel Cemetery
19th-century resting place for Meridian’s early, largely mercantile Jewish community. Burials date back to 1860s. Monuments and markers are fine examples of Victorian funerary art. Orthodox and Reform cemeteries.
Binachi Shooting Sports
State-of-the-art shooting sports facility featuring a 12-station sporting clay range and a skeet/trap/five-stand overlay course. Equipment rental available. Proceeds support Boy Scouts of America-Choctaw Area Council.
City owned, this example of urban forestry features three lakes, nature trails, jogging and walking tracks, biking, horseback riding trails and fishing. Free. Open year-round. 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Civil Rights Trail
Meridian Civil Rights Trail acknowledges our painful past and celebrates those who fought the battles. The trail features markers with QR codes which access a short video about each location.
Civil War Trail
Meridian's Civil War history comes to life on this interactive trail. Ten sites throughout the area feature markers with QR codes which access a short video about each location.
Country Music Scenic Byway
140-mile scenic byway begins in Meridian, birthplace of Jimmie Rodgers, the “Father of Country Music,” heads north on Hwy. 45, then on Hwy. 25 to Fulton, birthplace of Tammy Wynette.
First Union Baptist Church
Organized in 1891, First Union is the site of 1960s civil rights organizational meetings and a visit from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Marker 17 on the Meridian Civil Rights Trail. By appointment.
Frank W. Williams Home
c. 1886. The Frank W. Williams home, project of the Meridian Restorations Foundation, features Queen Anne Victorian architecture, with stained glass, oak paneling, parquet floors and detailed gingerbread. Jan - Mar: Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Apr - Thanksgiving: Mon - Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Thanksgiving - New Years: Mon - Sat, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Groups of 10 or more need a reservation.
G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Memorial Site
Sonny Montgomery served as U.S. Representative from 1967 - 1997. A veteran and champion of military issues, he authored the Montgomery G.I. Bill. Located in Magnolia Cemetery.
Highland Park Dentzel Carousel
A rare two-row stationary Dentzel menagerie carousel. Museum-quality artwork. Rides are 50 cents per person. National Landmark. Daily, Jun and Jul, 1 - 5 p.m.; Sat only, Nov - Mar, 1 - 5 p.m.; Sat - Sun, Aug - Oct and Apr - May, 1 - 5 p.m.
James Chaney Memorial
James Chaney, a Meridian native, was one of three CORE-COFO workers slain in Neshoba County in June 1964 during the turbulent Civil Rights Era. The deaths brought national attention of Civil Rights issues in Mississippi. Marker 18 on the Meridian Civil Rights Trail.
Jeannie's Place at Planet Playground
Meridian's largest playground. Built by community volunteers and designed with all your favorite playground equipment plus inclusive features to accommodate children of all abilities.
Jimmie Rodgers Gravesite
Gravesite of American music legend and the “Father of Country Music.”
Key Brothers Aviation Pictorial Exhibit
Located inside the Meridian Regional Airport, the pictorial tribute is dedicated to the memory of the Key Brothers, two Meridian residents who set a world flight endurance record.
Lauderdale County Agri-Center
One of the finest equestrian facilities in Mississippi, featuring large riding arena and warm up arena, with stalls and RV hook ups available. Located adjacent to Bonita Lakes Equestrian Trails.
Lauderdale Springs Confederate Cemetery
Once a popular resort, Lauderdale Springs became a Confederate hospital and cemetery. Markers pay tribute to 1,020 Confederate and 80 Union soldiers, although local historians believe no Union troops are actually buried there. Marker nine on the Meridian Civil War Trail. Daily, dawn to dusk.
Marion C.S.A Cemetery
Marion C.S.A. Cemetery pays tribute to 170 Confederate soldiers who were killed in the Civil War. 47 of them have been identified and listed on a granite stone. Marker #8 on the Meridian Civil War Trail.
Meridian's oldest cemetery contains grave sites of the first white settler Richard McLemore, victims of the 1871 race riot and victims of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878. Marker eight on the Meridian Civil Rights Trail.
Meridian Little Theatre
One of the South's oldest subscription-based community theaters, founded in 1932. Meridian Little Theatre presents large-scale musicals, contemporary plays, Broadway and Off-Broadway productions from Oct - May.
Meridian Museum of Art
Housed in a Carnegie Library built in 1912-13, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Mississippi Landmark. Features rotating exhibitions, collections and special events. Wed - Sat, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Meridian Symphony Orchestra
For over five decades, Meridian Symphony Orchestra has brought arts and culture to East Mississippi, offering a variety of musical performances, from classical to family favorites.
c. 1858. Merrehope is a stately, 20-room Victorian mansion, restored and furnished by the Meridian Restorations Foundation, Inc. It features unusual woodwork and handsome columns, mantels and stairway. Part of the home was used as headquarters for Confederate Gen. Leonidas Polk, and it was spared by Union Gen. William T. Sherman. This home is adjacent to the historic Frank W. Williams Home. Jan - Mar: Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Apr - Thanksgiving: Mon - Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Thanksgiving - New Years: Mon - Sat, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Admission.
Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience's Walk Of Fame
Walk of Fame honoring Mississippi’s artists and entertainers. Features stars for Elvis, William Faulkner, Morgan Freeman, B.B. King, Jimmie Rodgers, Sela Ward, Tennessee Williams and more. Stars continually added.
Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience
Opened April 2018, the MAX is a world-class interactive facility dedicated to celebrating and honoring the lives and works of legendary Mississippi artists across all genres.
Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum
Restoration of the Soulé Steam Feed Works industrial site. This turn-of-the-20th-century factory built steam engines and includes a blacksmith shop, foundry and belt-driven machine shop. Two tours daily: Tue - Fri, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Additional hours by appointment.
Mississippi State University Riley Center For Education & Performing Arts
c. 1889. Enjoy a premier performance in this stunning Victorian grand opera house theater. Also home of the Meridian Symphony. Call for a complete list of events and ticket information.
The tribute to Meridian's railroad history. A beautiful fountain features a cog from the Soule Steam Feed Works. The area filled with walkways, landscaping and a community garden.
Activity area, boat launch, fishing, picnic area, sailing, water skiing and swimming. Birding: bald eagles Oct - Apr, rare white pelicans Dec - Mar. Check website for area regulations affected by hunting seasons.
Rose Hill Cemetery
Historic cemetery containing the graves of John Ball and Lewis Ragsdale, founders of the city of Meridian; Emil and Kelly Mitchell, king and queen of all the gypsies in the United States; and a Confederate burial mound. Marker four on the Meridian Civil War Trail.
Sam Dale Historical Site
Two-acre day-use area built around a memorial to Gen. Sam Dale, a 19th-century frontiersman and patriot. Picnic area and covered pavilions. Open year-round.
St. John Baptist Church
Organized in 1884 and located at this site since 1912. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke here during the Civil Rights Era. Marker 11 on the Meridian Civil Rights Trail. Open year-round. By appointment. Free.
State Highway 45 Scenic Motorcycle Byway
Scenic motorcycle byway on State Hwy. 45 near Meridian running to northern state line. Beautiful hill country and farming lands. Mostly four lane.
Dating back to 1923, the Moorish Revival-style theater features original tunnels, catacombs and fall-out shelter from the Cold War. Currently it is a venue for live music, theatrical performances, movies and more. Guided tours available by appointment only. Admission.
c. 1894. A pioneering public school, Wechsler was Mississippi's first brick public school for African-Americans built with public funds. Marker 13 on the Meridian Civil Rights Trail.
Newton CountyCity Population 3,701
Newton Chamber of Commerce
Confederate Hospital Marker
Historic hospital where wounded Confederate soldiers were housed after getting off the train from Vicksburg, MS. Marker on National Register of Historic Places.
100 Confederate soldiers are buried in this family cemetery. Historical marker. Daily, dawn to dusk.
Historic Newton Depot
Depot is located on the site of Grierson's Raid on Newton Station, April 24, 1863. Open for tours.
The Historic McElroy - Hoye House
This planter's cottage was built in 1861 and is situated on the route Union General Grierson took through Newton in 1863. The Mississippi Landmark is now open after renovation overseen by the Newton Historical Cultural Commission, Inc.
Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Cemetery on 87 picturesque acres, and visitors may drive through from dawn until dusk.
Established in 1934, the Roxy served as a movie house until 1978. It now houses the Newton Theatre company. Productions come alive throughout the year on its original stage.
Chickasaw CountyCity Population 2,911
Okolona Area Chamber of Commerce
Civil War Battle of Okolona Sites
Identified and marked sites of the battle that took place on February 22, 1864. Dawn to dusk. Drive-by.
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Burial site of Confederate Brig. Gen. William Feimster Tucker. Daily, dawn to dusk.
Okolona Confederate Cemetery
Soldiers who died in Civil War battles of Okolona, Baldwyn, Corinth and Shiloh are laid to rest here. Daily, dawn to dusk.
Neshoba CountyCity Population 7,705 / 10,000
Philadelphia Community Development Partnership
African-American Heritage Driving Tour
Take part in the journey toward freedom, paved by sacrifice, pain, suffering and even death. Experience the places and people who brought freedom and equality to Neshoba County.
Burnside Lake Park
An activity area, a bathhouse, a boat ramp, developed camping (21 sites), primitive camping, fishing, a nature trail, picnic areas and an RV dump station. Indian mission site.
Chahta Immi Cultural Center
Through cultural exhibits, historical collections and an on-site gift shop, the Chahta Immi Cultural Center offers visitors a glimpse into the distinct tribal culture and heritage of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Tours of the center and Tribe available upon request, contact 601.663.7532. Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission.
Geyser Falls Water Theme Park & Clearwater Key
One of the most modern water park facilities of its kind. It covers 23 acres and features eight acres of glistening water and white sand beaches in a lush, resort-like atmosphere. 13 waterslides, wave pool, lazy river and a four-lane racing slide are here.
Indian Mission Site, Holy Rosary Catholic Church
The church is on the site of an Indian mission founded by Dutch priests in 1884. By appointment.
Mississippi Band Of Choctaw Indians Reservation
Headquarters of the Tribal Government, Chahta Immi Cultural Center, residential/school area and the Pearl River Resort with two casino-hotels, two championship golf courses and a water park.
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church
In 1964, three voting-rights activists came to investigate the burning of the church and were murdered. Their deaths provoked national outrage and led to the first successful federal prosecution of a civil rights case in Mississippi.
Nanih Waiya Historic Site
Built by the prehistoric ancestors of the Choctaw, Nanih Waiya is a mound located between the Bogue Chitto and Crystal Ridge communities. As a sacred site, tours are by appointment only.
Neshoba County Fairgrounds Tour
c. 1889. National Register of Historic Places. Site of the week-long Neshoba County Fair each summer. Harness racing, political speeches, rides, music and entertainment. “Mississippi’s Giant House Party.”
Philadelphia Historic Depot
c. 1906. Renovated historic depot. Open year-round. Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Philadelphia Historic District Driving Tour
Historic homes of Main St. south to Rose St., Holland Ave. and Poplar Ave. Examples of turn-of-the-20th-century architecture. Brochure available at the Chamber of Commerce.
Philadelphia-Neshoba County Historical Museum
c. 1860. The Philadelphia-Neshoba County Historical Museum was organized in 1992 as a site for preserving the history of Neshoba County and Philadelphia. The museum was built shortly after the Civil War by George Pegram Woodward, on land obtained through the 1830 treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek. Mon - Fri. Free.
Williams Brothers’ Store
This family-owned general store was founded in 1907, and is still in operation. The Williams Brothers' Store was featured in National Geographic in 1939 as a source of everything from “needles to horse collars,” and while the merchandise has been modernized, the building still has the same old-style charm. Mon - Sat, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Clarke CountyCity Population 2,332
Clarke County Chamber of Commerce
Archusa Creek Water Park
The park consists of 1,000 acres of rustic beauty and a 450-acre lake. The park has cabins, camping, water sports, hiking, beaches and winding scenic drives.
Historic Clarke County Driving Tour
Booklet for a self-guided tour of Clarke County.
Smith CountyCity Population 1,255
Historic Smith County Courthouse
Historic courthouse built in the Neoclassical design. Houses county records dating from 1912. Impressive war memorial on grounds. Open year-round. Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free.
Kemper CountyCity Population 632
Located on the original Jacob Giles Plantation, dating from 1825. Designated a state historical cemetery. Daily, dawn to dusk.
Oktibbeha CountyCity Population 23,888
Greater Starkville Development Partnership
A.B. McKay Food Research & Enology Lab
Guided tour allows visitors to see how wine, juices and jellies are produced from local muscadine grapes. By appointment only.
Aspen Bay Candle Factory
Tour the Aspen Bay Candle factory, which is widely acclaimed for their handcrafted candles. See how each candle is carefully hand poured, using the same methods as traditional candle makers of generations past, and is a beautiful piece of Southern craftsmanship that wraps your space in a remarkable fragrance. Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tours by appointment.
Dairy Science Building & Cheese Factory
A guided store showcases the making of Mississippi State University cheese. Cheese products, salsa, peanut butter, peanuts and MSU ice cream are sold in the gift shop. Mon - Fri, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed during regular university holidays. Group tours by appointment.
Dunn-Seiler Geology Museum
Rocks, fossils, a triceratops skull and a sabertooth tiger head are among the exhibits. Call to schedule tours, presentations and fossil excursions. By appointment.
John Grisham Room
The John Grisham Room is a beautifully appointed exhibit, presentation and conference suite on the third floor of Mitchell Memorial Library. The Room was dedicated on May 4, 1998, and provides a place where people may view materials and memorabilia from the writings and achievements of bestselling author, former Mississippi legislator and MSU alumnus John Grisham. Rotating exhibits offer visitors a glimpse into the best-selling author’s creative process. Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free. Groups of 10 or more, contact in advance.
Mississippi State University Museums & Galleries
Aquaculture Research Center, Cobb Archaeology Museum, Cheese Factory, Cullis & Gladys Wade Clock Museum, John Grisham Room, MSU Arboretum, MSU Veterans’ Memorial Rose Garden, South Farm, School of Veterinary Medicine, Dunn Seiler Museum. Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. By appointment. Free.
Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
48,000 acres feature fishing, hiking and public hunting land. A haven for waterfowl and occasionally bald eagles.
Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum
Established in 1976, the museum is housed in a renovated 1874 Mobile & Ohio railroad depot. The museum offers a rich view of the history and culture of Starkville and Oktibbeha County through a permanent collection of artifacts that provide a window into our community’s bygone era. Tue - Thu, 1- 4 p.m. or by appointment. Free.
Reese Orchard is a family-owned and operated specialty fruit orchard. “U-pick” Oriental persimmons, Asian pears, Aug - Sep; muscadines and scuppernongs, Aug - Oct; and blueberries, Jun - Aug.
Jasper CountyCity Population 2,406
A Stroka Gene-Us Alpacas
Family operated alpaca farm and store. Needle felting, wet felting, knitting on a loom and crocheting demonstrations available. Individual and group tours welcome. Farm Store, Tue - Sat, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun 1-5 p.m. Farm, call for times.
Clay CountyCity Population 11,529
West Point/Clay County Community Growth Alliance
Ellis Bridge Civil War Site
The battle of Ellis Bridge was fought three miles west of West Point along Chuquatonchee Creek on Feb 21, 1864.
Howlin’ Wolf Museum & Howlin’ Wolf Statue
History and artifacts of Howlin’ Wolf and the Black Prairie Region. By appointment. Donations accepted.
Kitty Bryan Dill Memorial Parkway National Recreational Trail
Kitty Bryan Dill Memorial Parkway is a 3.75-mile paved trail through downtown West Point that links five local parks. Designated as a National Recreational Trail in 2005. Open daily.
Payne Field World War I Training Site
Payne Field was used during World War I to train pilots long before the Air Force was founded in 1947. First airport built in Mississippi. Free. Drive-by.
Sam Wilhite Transportation Museum & Train Depot
Exhibits tell the story of an important transportation system in the West Point area and offers a look back in time. Thu - Sat, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. or by appointment.
Town Creek Campground
Town Creek offers 100 sites located on the Tennesse-Tombigbee Waterway.
Waverley Plantation Mansion
c. 1852. Built by Col. George H. Young of Georgia, Waverley Plantation Mansion is one of America’s most striking architectural structures. Once the site of a 2,000-acre cotton plantation. Tue - Sat, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission.
Located off the Kitty Dill Walking Trail, includes bowl, vert ramp and grind box/ledge. Playground and Disc Golf located in same park.
Montgomery CountyCity Population 4,824
Winona Main Street
Ensign William D. Billingsley Historical Marker
Ensign William Devotie Billingsley was the first Naval aviator to die in a plane crash in the line of duty. A state historical marker commemorates Billingsley's service.
Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway
Passing through Montgomery County is a section of Hwy. 51 known as the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway. Designated in 1913, it runs from Davis' birthplace in Fairview, KY to Davis' last home, Beauvoir, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Historic cemetery dating back to the 1830s is all that remains of the town of Middleton, which was once considered for the state capitol.