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American History in the Magnolia State


Mississippi Attractions

Biloxi Lighthouse

Mississippi’s history runs deep. Historic sites decorate the land of the Magnolia State, including Mississippi College in Clinton, the Tennessee Williams Home in Columbus, and the Biloxi Lighthouse.

Thanks to Mississippi cities like Natchez, Jackson and Tupelo, you may tour historic and executive homes, visit the battle sites of the American Civil War, and even stop by the birthplace of Elvis Presley.


Tour Historic Homes of Natchez

Established three centuries ago, Natchez is a historic community set in central Mississippi along the Mississippi River. Besides the anticipated Natchez Food & Wine Festival, or the popular Grand Village of the Natchez, visitors to this river town need explore the many antebellum mansions scattered throughout the city.

A multitude of historic homes in Natchez are available for tours throughout the year. Take a walk through the House on Ellicott's Hill – a National Historic Landmark built in the late 1700s.

Photo Credit: Eudora Welty House

Eudora Welty House

Tour the site where members of this home boldly flew the American flag in 1797 against Spanish influence under the command of President Washington. Stroll through each Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or take the three-house tour and get a discount.

Natchez Pilgrimage Tours – a major treat for those visiting Natchez in the spring or fall – is a chance for you to select the homes you’d like to visit, and experience reenactments, costumed-guides and wine receptions.

Pilgrimage performances include 1800’s-inspired musicals, gospel concerts, and intimate recitals at the historic Stone House and Carriage House Restaurant. Pick up tickets at the Natchez Visitor’s Center.


Mississippi Attractions

Old Mississippi State Capitol

History in Jackson

The Mississippi capital of Jackson – surrounded by cities like Pearl to Flowood, Richland, and Clinton – encompasses a mass amount of National Historic Landmarks and significant homes.

Visit the Eudora Welty House – found on the National Register of Historic Places – for a look at the former dwelling of this Pulitzer Prize winning author. Call ahead for a reservation, and visit the Welty House from Tuesday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Remember, admission is free on April 13th, Welty’s birthday.

Another must-see for any explorer of Mississippi history is the Old Mississippi State Capitol, accompanied by the Mississippi Governor's Mansion – both designed by architect William Nichols. Also acting as the Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History, the capitol building welcomes guests from Tuesday through Saturday until 5 p.m.

The free Old Capitol Museum showcases exhibits on Mississippi’s preservation and the history of Jackson. After the capitol, tour the Governor’s Mansion – the second oldest occupied executive homestead in the country – from Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 to 11 a.m.


Mississippi Attractions

Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site

Famous Battle Sites of Tupelo

The northern Mississippi city of Tupelo is not only home to the Elvis Presley Birthplace, but significant battle sites important to both American and Mississippi heritage.

A commemoration to the Civil War’s Battle of Tupelo during the summer of 1864, the Tupelo National Battlefield is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Set just at the intersection of West Main Street and Monument Drive, you can visit this legendary site – now maintained by the National Park Service.

Just a half-hour north, the Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield is set as a memorial to this famous battle, also from the summer of 1864. A major scuffle of the American Civil War, this site now encompasses 1,300 acres of walking trails and monuments ready to assist visitors in taking in the full historic journey throughout the year.

Visit the nearby Brice's Cross Roads Visitor and Interpretive Center – open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Another treat? A stay at the Best Western hotel in Tupelo.

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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Plus Flowood Inn & Suites

1004 Top Street, Flowood MS 39232-9579
Phone: +1 601-420-4944  |  Fax: (601) 420-4943  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Plus Jackson Downtown-Coliseum

725 Larson Street, Jackson MS 39202-3437
Phone: +1 601-969-6555  |  Fax: (601) 353-7468  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Airport Inn

257 S Pearson Road, Pearl MS 39208-5600
Phone: +1 601-936-2060  |  Fax: (601) 932-1341  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western Richland Inn & Suites

101 Roland Drive, Richland MS 39218-4415
Phone: +1 601-936-7004  |  Fax: (601) 936-0870  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Plus Tupelo Inn & Suites

3158 N Gloster Street, Tupelo MS 38804
Phone: +1 662-847-0300  |  Fax: (662) 847-0301  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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