The Education of a Lifetime

In addition to Rust College, another historic institution of higher learning in the Hills is the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, the first publicly-supported college for women in the United States. The W, as it is affectionately referredto, was attended by author Eudora Welty as well as the mothers of both William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams.

From Rust to the W, from Ole Miss in Oxford to Mississippi State in Starkville, the Mississippi Hills have a strong tradition of learning. Connect with this tradition and learn more about our fascinating history—while soaking in picturesque small towns and scenic landscapes—on your visit through the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area.