This Mississippi POW Camp Tour Will Chill You To The Bone
By Daniella DiRienzo|Updated on April 16, 2023(Originally published April 11, 2023)
Though Daniella was born in New York and has lived in a couple of other states, Mississippi has been her home for more than 30 years. After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi, Daniella began to hone her writing skills through various internships. In the years since, she’s had the privilege of having her articles appear in several publications, such as the Mississippi-based Parents & Kids Magazine. She’s also had the honor of interviewing actress Sela Ward for The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience.
WWII may not have been fought directly on American soil, but it surely left its mark on the country – and that includes Mississippi. By the early 1940s, there were several POW camps in Mississippi. Though long gone, remnants of their presence can still be found, and this route will lead you straight to them.
Emerald Mound Site: This Native American ancient site is located in Natchez. It is the second-biggest ceremonial mound in the nation and was built in stages, the first one being about 1200 AD. Visitors can see the site and learn all about the Mississippian tribe.
Brices Crossroads National Battlefield Site: This site in Baldwyn was home to a brutal Civil War battle that took place on June 10, 1864. Today, you can tour the NPS-run site and its exhibits and artifacts within the visitor center.
Which are the best state parks in Mississippi?
Explore the Magnolia State’s outstanding scenery within some of the best parks in Mississippi:
Lefleur’s Bluff State Park: There is much to do and see in this 305-acre park in Jackson. Golf, camp, or take a boat on the lake. You can also head out on the nature trail.
Paul B. Johnson State Park: With a prime location on Geiger Lake, this 805-acre park is great for fun in the sun, from boating to fishing to swimming. There are also some nature trails to take in.
Buccaneer State Park: Located in Waveland, this park is located along the Gulf of Mexico. So you can enjoy the best of both worlds when it comes to activities. Explore the walking trail, play disc golf, or frolic in the wave pool, all on the same trip.
The Hollywood Café: This café in Tunica Resorts has been feeding locals since 1969. Be sure to order the catfish platter or ribeye steak if you stop in.
Mayflower Café: Dating back to 1935, this spot in Jackson has been a favorite for quite a while. Grab some crab bisque or seafood pasta.
Walnut Hills Restaurant: Although this Vicksburg eatery did not open until when its home was constructed all the way back in 1880, the restaurant works hard to keep that time period alive. Order the fried chicken or Atlantic salmon.