Exhibits in “Frenchman’s Bend”, an outdoor exhibit area, give the visitor interactive experiences and a feel for Mississippi’s rural culture with the Faulkner Literary Garden, the Storyteller’s Chair, Varner’s Country Store, a caboose, an early 20th century doctor’s office, a black smith shop, a 1950s auto body shop, agricultural exhibits and great outdoor folk art. The museum complex occupies a city block in New Albany one block from the birthplace of Nobel Prize winning writer William Faulkner.
The DeSoto County Museum features the history and development of DeSoto County, Mississippi, from 1541 to the present. Artifacts and displays begin with the arrival of Hernando DeSoto and his contact with the native inhabitants of Mississippi. Displays continue through the riverboat days with a working model of a paddlewheel boat. Other exhibits feature the parlor of an antebellum mansion and artifacts from the Civil War. Key events in the agricultural, recreational, and social development of DeSoto County are also on display.
The old Courthouse Museum offers a fascinating visit to the past and a resource for genealogical research. The historic two-story brick Courthouse remains much as it was in 1889. Besides having a large collection of historical records and rotating exhibits of area attractions such as the World Famous Mineral Springs Water and Mineral Springs Hotel, the Courthouse has a well-rounded inventory of artifacts appealing to everyone’s interest.
The museum is full of historical data about the county, its past, and the many noted figures and events that helped shape its storied past and molded its future.
Established in 1998 on Main Street, this is the only working historical post office in the nation. Visitors can retrace the steps of the Chickasaws or learn of the hardships of the pioneers.
This museum boasts an eclectic representation of our region’s history. The main facility houses permanent exhibits, from fossils found in the region, early European settlement of Northeast Mississippi, the statehood of Mississippi, to Civil War years. In addition, the museum has a working model railroad depicting Tupelo, circa 1940. Its outside village is a life-size collection of regional history: an original 1870 Dogtrot cabin, a one-room chapel and one-room school dated from the late 1800’s, a functioning blacksmith shop, a Memphis streetcar turned into “Dudie’s Diner, two 1940 era fire trucks, and a Frisco caboose.
The Heritage Museum is housed in a renovated 1874 Mobile & Ohio railroad depot in the heart of Starkville and offers a rich view of the history and culture of Starkville and Oktibbeha County through a permanent collection of artifacts that provide a window into the community’s bygone era.
Exhibits cover the early days of Noxubee County. Sections highlight the Choctaw Indians and other areas of community life.
Like many sites concerned with Southern history, the museum devotes the first few exhibitions of its tour to artifacts from the Civil War era. As guests proceed to the upper floors, however, the true quirkiness of the place begins to come into focus. In one room, they find a collection of taxidermy animals indigenous to Mississippi; in the next, flapper girl clothing from the 1920s. Over here a large collection of Victorian children’s books shares floor space with an antique Victrola; while over there items made by the Native American tribes of Mississippi sit next to the first private bathtub ever owned in Holly Springs. From wall to wall, there is truly a little bit of everything: quilts, dresses, Elvis records, old advertisements, antique books and bottles, dollhouses, sports memorabilia, promotional materials from past presidential campaigns.
The City of Amory Regional Museum is dedicated to preserving, curating and archiving significant regional history and genealogical resources, and to providing innovative, educational programming that celebrates the culture and community of Amory, Mississippi and the surrounding area.