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200 North Randolph Street, Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635, United States
220 Roberts Avenue Holly Springs Mississippi 38635 US

Located in the Spires Bolling/Gatewood House and named for Civil Rights heroine Ida B. Wells-Barnett, the museum shares the contributions of African Americans in the fields of history, art and culture.

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220 E College Ave, Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635, United States 0.21 mi

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.

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305 E College Ave, Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635, United States 0.27 mi

Pre-Civil War church tells the story of the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878.

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150 e Rust Ave, Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635, United States 0.28 mi

Papers, awards, memorabilia, civil rights material and other items belonging to the former executive secretary of the NAACP who was born in Marshall County.

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150 Rust Avenue, Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635, United States 0.39 mi

Rust College is a historically-black, coeducational, senior liberal arts college founded in 1866 by the Freedman’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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East Elder Avenue, Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635, United States 0.46 mi

This cemetery is the burial site of 11 Confederate Generals including Confederate Maj. Gen. Edward Cary Walthall, Brig. Gen. Winfield Scott Featherston, Brig. Gen. Samuel Benton, Brig. Gen. Daniel and Chevilette Govan. It is also the burial site of victims of the 1878 yellow fever epidemic, as well as Hiram Revels, the 1st African American elected to the United States Senate.

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285 Plains Road, Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635, United States 4.54 mi

One of Mississippi’s finest natural/historic treasures, Strawberry Plains Audubon Center conserves 3,000 acres of hardwood forests, wetlands and native grasslands for a variety of uses.

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339 County Road 102, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, United States 25.21 mi

The sanctuary, built in 1844, is the oldest Presbyterian structure in North Mississippi and the oldest church building in the Oxford area. Constructed of bricks fired on the site, the building was completed in 1846 at a total cost of $2,809.75. The pulpit, the pews, and the pew gates are the original furnishings. Events of interest include the encampment on these grounds by Union troops of Generals Grant and Sherman, and the marriage of author William Faulkner. The church cemetery contains a number of unmarked Union soldiers’ graves, along with slave burial sites and many Confederate soldiers’ burial sites.

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616 North 14th Street, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, United States 27.91 mi

Learn the compelling story of one man’s surprising impact on a scarred country, the story of Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar. As Oxford rose from the ashes, L.Q.C. Lamar prepared to become a statesman in this house while he reflected on defeat and resolved to work for reconciliation between North and South. Later it became Senator Lamar’s retreat from the demands of Washington. His beautifully restored 1870 home graces three acres within Oxford’s North Lamar Historic District, walking distance from the Oxford Square. Professional exhibits present Lamar’s life against the backdrop of secession, war, and reunion. The 1870 house was declared a National Historic Landmark for Lamar’s role in national politics after the Civil War.

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309 North 16th Street, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, United States 28.18 mi

A few blocks northeast of the Square, the old Oxford Cemetery is nestled in the rolling hills of a quiet neighborhood.  Saint Peter’s is the final resting place for novelist William Faulkner as well as many of Oxford’s most prominent citizens.  L.Q.C. Lamar, a former U.S. Congressman, Secretary of the Interior under President Cleveland, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice, is buried here.  Beside the circle of cedars lies a Revolutionary War Veteran, as well as a Confederate General.

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710 Jackson Ave E, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, United States 28.26 mi

The legacy of recently emancipated African Americans stands proudly today in tribute to their determination to build their own church. Their frame Methodist Episcopal Church built in 1867 near the Oxford Square was replaced in 1910 with a twin-steepled brick church. Following the building’s restoration in 2013, the Mississippi Landmark now serves the community as a history museum and an events center. Professionally designed exhibits review African American life from Enslavement through Civil Rights. A video and accompanying panels tell the Burns Church story. Local African Americans are featured throughout the museum. It’s an easy walk to the Burns-Belfry Museum from the historic Oxford Square.

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106 North Siddall Street, Ripley, Mississippi 38663, United States 28.37 mi

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.

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415 South Lamar Boulevard, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, United States 28.42 mi

Established in 1836, Lafayette County was named in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette and was one of ten counties into which the Chickasaw Cession was divided.  Since Oxford was incorporated in 1837, the square has remained the cultural and economic hub of the city and is home to a variety of shops and boutiques, including the South’s oldest department store and one of the nation’s most-renowned independent bookstores.  Oxford was selected as the name of the county seat in hopes that it would also become a seat of higher learning, and this goal was realized when the University of Mississippi was chartered in 1844 and opened in 1848. The historic county courthouse is referenced in several of William Faulkner’s works; Faulkner family members and mentor Phil Stone once had offices in this National Historic District; the film adaptation of The Sound and the Fury was shot here; and the Confederate statue that Faulkner memorialized in his fiction (and that his grandmother donated to the town) still stands.

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University of Mississippi, Grove Loop, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, United States 28.42 mi

Completed in 1859, the observatory is now home to the Center for the Study of Southern Culture.  Alvan Clark and Sons designed an 18½ inch refractor lens for Barnard, but when the Civil War broke out, it instead went to Chicago and is still in use at Northwestern University’s Dearborn Observatory.

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University Avenue and 5th St. Oxford, MS 38655 28.46 mi
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412 University Ave, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, United States 28.49 mi

Bailey’s Woods Trail connects the University Museum at the University of Mississippi to Rowan Oak, William Faulkner’s residence. The trail is approximately 3/5 mile in length, and takes an average of 20 minutes one-way on foot. The trail is open from dawn to dusk.

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J D Williams Library, University, Mississippi 38677, United States 28.53 mi

Located in the heart of Ole Miss, the John Davis Williams Library is known for its literary collections, the crown jewel of which is William Faulkner’s “Rowan Oak Papers”.  Discovered in a broom closet at Faulkner’s home, this collection is one of the greatest finds of modern literary manuscripts. They contain several thousand sheets of autograph and typescript drafts of poems, short stories, film scripts, and novels written by Faulkner in some of his most creative years, between 1925 and 1939.

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University of Mississippi, 1806 University Circle, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, United States 28.55 mi

Completed in 1848, the Lyceum was the first building constructed on campus, and visitors can still see the bullet holes in the building’s Ionic columns from the riots surrounding James Meredith’s historic 1962 enrollment.  The Civil Rights Monument was dedicated in 2006 to commemorate the the efforts of James Meredith and others who strove to create educational opportunities for all.

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916 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, United States 30.86 mi

Home to William Faulkner and his family for over 40 years, Rowan Oak was originally built in 1844, and stands on over 29 acres of land just south of the Square in Oxford, MS.  The clapboard house had no electricity, plumbing or even sound construction when Faulkner bought it in 1930. The writer did much of the renovation himself, even designing the study where today visitors can still see the grease pencil outline for A Fable scrawled on the walls. Details like that—and like Faulkner’s riding boots standing guard near a bedroom chair—yield both a stillness and a presence that makes this National Literary Landmark a personal milestone for the visitors who make the pilgrimage each year.

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111 East Commerce Street, Hernando, Mississippi 38632, United States 31.01 mi

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.

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2535 Highway 51 South, Hernando, Mississippi 38632, United States 31.42 mi

The courthouse, a Mississippi Landmark, features restored murals depicting the journeys of famed Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto—who explored this area in 1541-1542—as he searched for the Mississippi River.

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114 Cleveland Street, New Albany, Mississippi 38652, United States 31.42 mi

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.

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114 Cleveland Street, New Albany, Mississippi 38652, United States 31.42 mi

This Middle Woodland Mound Site has been dated to approximately 2,200 years ago and is the oldest documented man-made site in Union County.  Smithsonian archaeologists excavated the site in the middle 1880s, creating the map (below) and taking hundreds of objects for its permanent collection.  A selection of those objects is on loan from the Smithsonian to the Union County Heritage Museum and are currently on exhibit.  Annually events are held for students and adults at the 63 acre Mound site, that is owned by the Archaeological Conservancy. For tours and information contact the museum.  The site opens at dawn and closes at dusk.

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304 S Main St, Sardis, Mississippi 38666, United States 35.56 mi

Built in 1858 by Captain W.D. Heflin, this antebellum home is filled with furnishings and objects from the late 1800’s.

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116 N Main St, Pontotoc, Mississippi 38863, United States 44.03 mi

A burial site of Civil War soldiers, and Ruby Elzy, African-American opera singer who appeared on stage, radio and film.

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105 Railroad Avenue, Water Valley, Mississippi 38965, United States 44.14 mi

Dedicated to railroad engineer Casey Jones, this museum houses artifacts and memorabilia that tell the story of this historic figure and legendary train engineer.

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59 South Main Street, Pontotoc, Mississippi 38863, United States 44.24 mi

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.

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75 South Main Street, Pontotoc, Mississippi 38863, United States 44.28 mi

Mississippi’s longest rails-to-trails conversion meanders 44 miles through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, passing through fields, forests, meadows and wetlands, travelling along the path of the Chickasaws, Meriwether Lewis and the railroad built by Col. William C. Falkner, great-grandfather of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner.

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599 Grisham Street, Baldwyn, Mississippi 38824, United States 48.6 mi

The center interprets the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads, fought June 10, 1864, and the Battle of Harrisburg/Old Town Creek, fought July 13-15, 1864. These two battles are focus of indoor and outdoor exhibits at both battlefields. Visitors can enjoy a complete look at the Civil War that will include a civil war timeline, a memorial and remembrance wall, an exhibit outlining “Mississippi in the Civil War”, army definitions, and a complete story of Brice’s Crossroads and Harrisburg-Old Town Creek battles. The 4000 sq. ft. interpretive center has restrooms, a bookstore, flag exhibit, video and exhibit area and a conference room.  /  The Confederate victory at Brices Cross Roads was a significant victory for Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest, but its long term effect on the war proved costly for the Confederates. Brice’s Cross Roads is an excellent example of winning the battle, but losing the war.

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689 Rutherford Road, Tupelo, Mississippi 38801, United States 53.01 mi

A local tribute to the brave men and women who defended our country in the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and the modern Desert Storm and Iraqi Wars, the museum is filled with wartime exhibits covering the heights and depths of human experience.

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689 Rutherford Rd, Tupelo, Mississippi 38801, United States 53.01 mi

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.

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1501 W. Linden Street, Corinth, Mississippi 38834, United States 53.25 mi

The Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center is operated by the National Park Service as part of Shiloh National Military Park. The 12,000-square-foot facility interprets the key role of Corinth in the Civil War’s western theater. The rail crossing at Corinth ranked second only to the Confederate capital at Richmond in terms of strategic importance for more than a six-month period of 1862. During the war, Corinth was fortified heavily by both Federal and Confederate forces. The Interpretive Center is located near the site of Battery Robinett, a Union fortification that was witness to some of the bloodiest fighting of the Civil War.

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221 North Fillmore Street, Corinth, Mississippi 38834, United States 53.51 mi

Located in the historic train depot in Corinth, the museum is home to many artifacts detailing the history of northern Mississippi. Permanent exhibit items include fossils, American Indian artifacts, depot and railroad industry displays, aviation memorabilia and Civil War relics.  The museum sits at the famous crossroads of the Memphis & Charleston and the Mobile & Ohio railroads, which made Corinth one of the most strategic transportation hubs during the Civil War and gave the community its reputation as “The Crossroads of the Western Confederacy”.

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221 North Fillmore Street, Corinth, Mississippi 38834, United States 53.51 mi

The museum features over 1,000 pieces of authentic Coca-Cola memorabilia, plus a large collection of old fashioned drink machines from years gone by.

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705 Jackson Street, Corinth, MS 38834, United States 53.63 mi

Built in 1857 by one of Corinth’s founders, the home is a significant example of Greek Revival architecture. The house was used in the Civil War as headquarters for Gens. Braxton Bragg, H.W. Halleck, and John B. Hood. The restored home/museum contains a collections of Boehme edition Audobon prints, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century antiques, paintings, and exhibit of replicas of Civil War soldiers’ furnishings made by Corinth’s C&D Jarnigan Company.

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1551 Horton Street, Corinth, Mississippi 38834, United States 54.16 mi

Corinth National Cemetery was established in 1866 for approximately 2,300 Union casualties of the Battle of Corinth and similar clashes in the surrounding area. By late 1870 there were more than 5,688 interments in the cemetery—1,793 known and 3,895 unknown soldiers. The dead represented 273 regiments from 15 states. In addition, there are three Confederate interments in the cemetery – one unknown and two known soldiers.

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902 North Parkway, Corinth, Mississippi 38834, United States 54.61 mi

Established by Union General Grenville M. Dodge to accommodate African-American refugees, the camp featured numerous homes, a church, school and hospital. The freedmen cultivated and sold cotton and vegetables in a progressive cooperative farm program. By August 1863, over 1,000 African American children and adults gained the ability to read through the efforts of various benevolent organizations. Although the camp had a modest beginning, it became a model and allowed for approximately 6,000 ex-slaves to establish their own individual identities.

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114 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38802 TUPELO, MS 55.14 mi

This is one of 12 significant sites in Elvis’ formative years in Tupelo marked with bronze plaques on the Elvis Presley Driving Trail. Tupelo Hardware undoubtedly played a major role in the life of Elvis Presley. The hardware store was where Gladys, Elvis’ mother, purchased his first guitar and put music in the hands of a boy who grew to become a musical legend. The story goes that Elvis was very upset because Gladys refused to buy him a shotgun for his 11th birthday, so a store employee tried calming him down by handing him a guitar that he then started strumming. He then decided upon the guitar instead of the shotgun. Visitors are welcome during the store’s regular hours. Come in and listen to tales told by store employees while you stand in the spot where Elvis made that fateful decision.

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Fairpark District, Tupelo, Mississippi 38801, United States 55.28 mi

This larger-than-life statue of Elvis’ 1956 Homecoming Concert at the Tupelo Fairgrounds was based on a famous shot called “the Hands” by Roger Marshutz.  Facing east toward his Tupelo birthplace, the statue is poised for a perfect photo op with Tupelo Hardware, where he bought his first guitar, visible over his left shoulder.  The statue stands on the site of the old fairgrounds where the concert took place and was created by Mississippi sculptor Bill Beckwith.

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71 East Troy Street, Tupelo, Mississippi 38804, United States 55.28 mi

This six-foot-tall bronze sculpture of Chickasaw Chief Piomingo by William Beckwith sits in front of the Tupelo City Hall.

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306 Elvis Presley Drive, Tupelo, Mississippi 38804, United States 56.07 mi

The Elvis Presley Birthplace Park features the Birthplace, Museum, Chapel, Gift Shop, “Elvis at 13” statue, Fountain of Life, Walk of Life, “Memphis Bound” car feature and Story Wall.

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2088 Scenic Loop 333, Grenada, Mississippi 38901, United States 65.57 mi

Features animal displays, lake history, wildlife scenes, informational videos and a telescope overlook point.

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219 East Main Street, Okolona, Mississippi 38860, United States 66.45 mi

Soldiers who died in Civil War Battles of Okolona, Baldwyn, Corinth and Shiloh were laid to rest here.

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Grenada Lake, MS, United States 67.05 mi

Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid and Grenada Lakes – managed by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

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100 Camp Ground Road, Fulton, Mississippi 38843, United States 67.21 mi

Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the center is located in Itawamba County on the east side of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.  Videos and displays examine waterways and Appalachian-region programs. Nature trail, fishing, auditorium and picnic area.

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2680 Natchez Trace Parkway, Tupelo, Mississippi 38804, United States 69.47 mi

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile drive through exceptional scenery and 10,000 years of North American history.  Used by American Indians, “Kaintucks,” settlers, and future presidents, the Old Trace played an important role in American history. Today, visitors can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping.

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2680 Natchez Trace Parkway, Tupelo, Mississippi 38804, United States 69.47 mi

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile drive through exceptional scenery and 10,000 years of North American history.  Used by American Indians, “Kaintucks,” settlers, and future presidents, the Old Trace played an important role in American history. Today, visitors can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping.

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105 County Road 90, Tishomingo, Mississippi 38873, United States 70.81 mi

Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Tishomingo State Park is steeped in history and scenic beauty. Archaeological excavations confirm the presence of Paleo Indians in the area now encompassed by the park as early as 7000 B.C.; the park takes its name from the leader of the Chickasaw nation, Chief Tishomingo. The famous Natchez Trace Parkway, the premier highway of the early 1800s and a modern scenic parkway, runs directly through the park. Today’s visitors to Tishomingo State Park discover the same timeless natural beauty that enchanted the Indians centuries ago. Tishomingo offers a unique landscape of massive rock formations and fern-filled crevices found nowhere else in Mississippi. Massive boulders blanketed in moss dot the hillsides, and colorful wildflowers border trails once walked by Native Americans.

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Water Street, Grenada, Mississippi 38901, United States 71.16 mi

c. 1868. The oldest African-American church in Grenada and site of Civil Rights meetings.

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110 West Eastport Street, Iuka, Mississippi 38852, United States 71.21 mi

The one and only museum in the world dedicated to aprons, featuring a collection of aprons in the thousands dating from the 1860’s to today.

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203 E Quitman St, Iuka, Mississippi 38852, United States 71.27 mi

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.

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