Mississippi December 28, 2017
10 State Landmarks Every Mississippian Must Visit At Least Once
With so many incredible sites in Mississippi, deciding which to visit is nearly impossible. However, if you absolutely had to choose, there are a few specific attractions that should be on your bucket list. From historic homes to stunning chapels, here are 10 landmarks that every Mississippian needs to visit at least once.
1. Old Capitol Museum (100 State St., Jackson)
One of the most historic buildings in the state, the Old Capitol was the site of several significant events, including Mississippi’s secession from the Union. The stunning Greek Revival-style building now serves as a free museum, giving visitors a better understanding of the building and the important events that have taken place in it.
2. St. Mary’s Basilica (105 S Union St., Natchez)
Built in 1842, St. Mary Basilica is the oldest Catholic building still in use in Mississippi. The interior has been restored and is "stunning in its artistry and color." Now a Natchez landmark, it’s open daily for tours.
3. Longwood (140 Lower Woodville Rd., Natchez)
Construction on Longwood began in the late 1850s but came to a halt just a few years later because of the start of the Civil War. Once the workmen got word of the war, they laid down their tools where they were standing, never to return. Though the homeowner’s slaves continued to work on the home until 1862, they were only able to complete the basement. The rest of the home remains unfinished to this day, making it one of the state’s most intriguing buildings.
4. Rowan Oak (916 Old Taylor Rd., Oxford)
Constructed in 1844, Rowan Oak was home to the legendary writer William Faulkner and his family for over 40 years. In addition to touring the home, you can explore the grounds, which span 29 acres and include a beautiful forested area known as Bailey’s Woods. The stunning grounds are free to explore and make a lovely picnic spot.
5. Washington County Welcome Center (Hwy 82 and Reed Rd., Greenville)
Named one of the "10 most unique welcome centers in the U.S.," this welcome center is housed in a replica steamboat that was originally built for the 1984 World’s Fair. Aside from its unique appearance, the Greenville landmark is worth a visit, as it’s filled with exhibits pertaining to the history of the Mississippi Delta.
6. Dentzel Carousel (1720 Jimmie Rogers Memorial Dr., Meridian)
Named a National Historic Landmark, the Dentzel Carousel is one of only a few two-row Dentzel menagerie carousels left in the world. An incredible, hand-painted work of art, it was purchased in 1909 for $2,000. Today, it’s estimated to be worth more than $1 million! Luckily a ride will only cost you 50 cents; $1 will get you a tour.
7. Vicksburg National Military Park (3201 Clay St., Vicksburg)
Mississippi residents should definitely plan a trip to this popular military park at least once. The expansive area includes numerous markers and monuments as well as a Visitors Center, where you'll find life-sized exhibits and artifacts.
8. Elvis Presley Birthplace (306 Elvis Presley Dr., Tupelo)
Everyone from history buffs to music fans will enjoy touring the childhood home of Mississippi’s most famous resident. In addition to the King’s house, the grounds include a museum, memorial chapel, and the Elvis Presley Park.
9. Windsor Ruins (Rodney Rd., Port Gibson)
At one time, the Windsor Mansion was the epitome of opulence and included luxuries, such as indoor plumbing and a rooftop observatory. Sadly, Windsor was destroyed by a fire in 1890. Today, all that remains is 23 of the home’s original 29 columns, cast iron stairs (which have been relocated), and a few pieces of cast iron balustrade.
10. Fillmore Street Chapel (901 N Fillmore St., Corinth)
Completed in 1871, the Fillmore Street Chapel is one of Corinth’s oldest places of worship. Between the awe-inspiring steeples and beautiful arched windows, this historical landmark is bound to amaze.
So, have you visited all of the places listed above? What landmarks would you add? Tell us in the comments section.
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