The state of Mississippi is known for beautiful, small towns that boast qualities like community and hospitality. Even though all of the state’s towns are awesome in their own right, there are some that just stand out above the rest. Check out the list below for seven of the most charming small towns in the state.
1. Holly Springs
Referred to as “Mississippi’s best kept secret,” the town of Holly Springs has a population of about 7,600. While the town may be small, that doesn’t mean it isn’t filled with things to do. Dating back to the Civil War, Holly Springs is known for its gorgeous antebellum homes, most of which are available for touring. The town is also home to the Ida B. Wells Museum, the annual Kudzu Festival, Chewalla Lake, Holly Springs National Forest, and, of course, the famous Phillips Grocery – home of the country’s best burger.
2. Port Gibson
Located between Vicksburg and Natchez, the small town of Port Gibson has a population of about 1,500. As legend has it, Port Gibson’s beauty is what led General Grant to spare the town during the Civil War, claiming it was “too beautiful to burn.” Even though the town is most known for being home to the Windsor Ruins, it has much more to offer including gorgeous architecture of yesteryear, old-fashioned storefronts, battlefields, and historically significant Civil War sites.
Referred to as “the city of lights,” Canton is not your usual small town as it has recently become a major force in the film industry, attracting everything from documentaries to major motion pictures. The picturesque city is not only appealing to filmmakers though. Canton is home to quite a large arts and crafts community, which would explain why the city’s annual Flea Market is such a big hit. And, of course, Canton is filled with historic buildings and homes as well as a town square, known by locals as “the Square,” that is filled with one-of-a-kind shops, museums, and more.
4. Bay Saint Louis
This coastal community, with a population just over 10,000, exudes small-town charm all while offering the appeal of big city amenities thanks to Biloxi and Gulfport being in close proximity. Not only a beach lover’s paradise, Bay Saint Louis is known for its trendy old town area that offers shopping, dining, and, as of recently, a trolley service. After visiting the city, you’ll quickly see why Bay Saint Louis was named “one of the coolest small towns in America.”
Located in the heart of the Delta, Cleveland was named Smithsonian Magazine’s “number 2 small town to visit” in 2013. The city has deep ties to the music industry, so it only makes sense it is home to the Mississippi Grammy Museum as well as a number of music festivals. Aside from music, Cleveland also sponsors “Art in the Alley,” giving local vendors the chance to display their goods, and other citywide events including “Old Fashioned Day,” farmers markets, “Missis-SIPPIN’ Saturdays,” an annual Oktoberfest, and much more!
6. New Albany
Located in northern Mississippi on the Tallahatchie River, New Albany is known for its shopping, especially when it comes to antiques, beautiful downtown, and, of course, being the birthplace of literary legend William Faulkner. Referred to as “the gateway to the Tanglefoot Trail,” New Albany is the starting point of one of the state’s longest Rails to Trails paths, but the fun doesn’t stop there as the city is home to a wolf preserve, museum, coffee roasting tours, Indian mounds, and a number of seasonal festivals and events that includes everything from art to music. The charming town truly does have something for everyone.
Named “one of the 10 best small town getaways” by USA Today, Tupelo has a lot to offer. It is pretty much common knowledge that the town is the birthplace of Elvis Presley, and those that are unaware of this fact will quickly be reminded upon arriving in Tupelo. Reminders of the King can be found throughout the city and include the home in which Elvis was born, several bronze statues in his likeness, the Elvis Presley Lake, Campground, and Park, a museum, and the annual Elvis Presley Festival. Being that the King was a car buff, it only makes sense that the city is home to an automobile museum. Featuring over a hundred cars set-up in chronological order, the Tupelo Automobile Museum is a must-see for car enthusiasts. Also be sure to check out the Tupelo Buffalo Park, home to a number of exotic animals, and, for a quick history lesson, the Tupelo National Battlefield.
Small towns are the best! Friendly people, no traffic, and, perhaps best of all, a low cost of living! Keep this list going; add your favorite small towns in the comments section below.