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316 North 7th Street, Columbus, Mississippi 39701, United States
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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this restored Georgian-Greek Revival mansion, built in 1847, was once the home of Confederate General Stephen D. Lee, first President of MSU, first Superintendent of Vicksburg National Park, founder of the United Confederate Veterans, and first Chairman of the Board for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.  The house is fully furnished and includes personal items of the Lee family and the museum upstairs houses a treasure trove of Civil War artifacts and collections.

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515 North 9th Street, Columbus, Mississippi 39701, United States 0.17 mi

Temple Heights is one of the state’s best examples of period restoration. The classically-designed house combines Federal and Greek Revival features, and the original servant quarters/kitchen as well as a kitchen built in the 1850s remain on the grounds.

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305 South 7th Street, Columbus, MS 39701, United States 0.37 mi

A popular Spring Pilgrimage Tour home, this 1848 antebellum home features original furnishing and outbuildings, including a smokehouse and a dairy. The current owner is the 7th generation of his family to live in the house, and tours are available throughout the year.

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300 Main Street, Columbus, Mississippi 39701, United States 0.38 mi

First home of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams, author of A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie. Williams, considered the most important American playwright, was born in Columbus, Mississippi in 1911. He spent his beginning years in an old Victorian home that was the rectory for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where his grandfather served as minister. The home was recently honored with the designation of a National Literary Landmark, and it now serves as the official Welcome Center for Columbus.

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318 College Street, Columbus, Mississippi 39701, United States 0.39 mi

Tennessee Williams’ grandfather, Rev. Walter Dakin, was rector at St. Paul’s.

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1100 College Street, Columbus, Mississippi 39701, United States 0.46 mi

Founded in 1884 as the first publicly-supported college for women in the United States, MUW is a tradition-rich university that has been home to such noted personalities as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty, as well as the mothers of both Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner.

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1501 Main Street, Columbus, Mississippi 39703, United States 0.56 mi

A museum that honors and recognizes our nation’s military members who served during times of conflict.

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607 South 3rd Street, Columbus, Mississippi 39701, United States 0.65 mi

This pillared mansion was built near the street, although the property extended over an entire city block.  It includes gardens, stables and servants quarters. During the Civil War, it served as a hospital for Confederate soldiers.

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South 4th Street, Columbus, Mississippi 39701, United States 1.07 mi

Friendship Cemetery was the site of the original observance that led to America’s Memorial Day.  In April of 1866, Columbus ladies laid flowers at the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers.  Four generals and over 2,000 soldiers are buried here.

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Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, Mississippi, United States 3.07 mi

The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Region is rich in history, heritage, nature, and unique recreation.Some $50 million of modern recreation facilities were built as part the waterway construction. These facilities provide convenient access to the 40,000 acres of lakes that make up the waterway.

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1852 Waverly Mansion Road, West Point, Mississippi 39773, United States 7.36 mi

Built c.1852, Waverley Plantation Mansion is one of America’s most unique architectural structures. Four circular staircases connect unsupported balconies and a 65-ft. domed foyer. Original ornamental plaster and marble mantels. Once the site of a 2,000 acre cotton plantation.

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307 East Westbrook Street, West Point, Mississippi 39773, United States 14.74 mi

Blues museum featuring history & artifacts of Howlin’ Wolf and the Black Prairie Region, Big Joe Williams, Bukka White. Granite statue of Howlin’ Wolf on display.

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395 Hardy Rd, Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762, United States 21.1 mi

A collection of musical instruments, recordings, and sheet music amassed over four decades, donated to MSU by a local businessman.

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Mississippi State University, 449 Hardy Road, Mississippi State University, MS 39762, United States 21.1 mi

On the third floor of Mitchell Memorial Library at Mississippi State University, this facility contains materials and memorabilia from the writings and achievements of bestselling author, former Mississippi legislator and MSU alumnus John Grisham.

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95 Hardy Road, Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762, United States 21.18 mi

The Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library is located in the Congressional and Political Research Center on the first floor of Mississippi State University’s Mitchell Memorial Library.

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Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762, United States 21.52 mi

The museum’s holdings include a number of important collections of Middle Eastern artifacts and also houses a significant collection of casts of ancient Near Eastern sculptures and panels which it holds on long term loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Among these are replicas of the Code of Hammurabi, the Moabite Stone, the Black Obelisk of Shalmanezer III and the Rosetta Stone. In addition, the holdings include a significant collection of ancient coins assembled by the Institute’s first director, E.J. Vardaman.

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108 Hilbun Hall, Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762, United States 21.56 mi

The Dunn-Seiler Geology Museum houses mineral and rock collections, meteorites, and extensive fossil displays that facilitate viewer understanding of the 4.6 billion year history of our planet.  Visitors can learn about mineral families and properties, igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, mass extinctions and asteroids, karst, plate tectonics, and Mississippi’s geology.  The Dunn-Seiler displays a Triceratops skull replica, a Cretaceous crocodile skull, and many fossils from Mississippi and the Southeast.

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104 Maxwell Street, Starkville, Mississippi 39759, United States 21.88 mi

In 1967, when the Urban Renewal Laws were adopted by the city of Starkville, the small neighborhood located between Mississippi State University and downtown Starkville was designated an Urban Renewal Area and subsequently became home to one of the first neo-traditionalist housing developments in America.

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206 Fellowship Street, Starkville, Mississippi 39759, United States 22.14 mi

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.

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111 Doctor Douglas L. Conner Drive, Starkville, Mississippi 39759, United States 22.67 mi

The old jail where Johnny Cash stayed after being arrested in 1965 for “picking flowers”, an event he later memorialized in the song, “Starkville City Jail”.

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503 Hwy 25, Aberdeen, Mississippi 39730, United States 23.01 mi

Lifeboat Church, where Howlin’ Wolf sang as a boy, and St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, established in the mid-1800s, combined in the 1960s to form St. Peter’s.

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732 W Commerce St, Aberdeen, Mississippi 39730, United States 23.79 mi

Beautiful antebellum home built c. 1850 and furnished with antiques and featuring an unusual staircase.

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Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, Brooksville, Mississippi, United States 25.94 mi

Established in 1940, Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge is a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife, and conserves, manages, and restores the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats.

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411 Jefferson St, Macon, Mississippi 39341, United States 27.51 mi

Exhibits cover the early days of Noxubee County. Sections highlight the Choctaw Indians and other areas of community life.

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801 South 3rd Street, Amory, Mississippi 38821, United States 33.34 mi

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.

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219 East Main Street, Okolona, Mississippi 38860, United States 39.42 mi

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

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2680 Natchez Trace Parkway, Tupelo, Mississippi 38804, United States 47.16 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 47.16 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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306 Elvis Presley Drive, Tupelo, Mississippi 38804, United States 54.61 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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71 East Troy Street, Tupelo, Mississippi 38804, United States 54.72 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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Fairpark District, Tupelo, Mississippi 38801, United States 54.72 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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100 Camp Ground Road, Fulton, Mississippi 38843, United States 54.8 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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114 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38802 TUPELO, MS 54.84 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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689 Rutherford Rd, Tupelo, Mississippi 38801, United States 55.3 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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689 Rutherford Road, Tupelo, Mississippi 38801, United States 55.3 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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Le Fleur Cir, French Camp, Mississippi 39745, United States 57.93 mi

French Camp, originally known as the Frenchman’s Camp and used as a recruitment facility by General Andrew Jackson, was founded circa 1810 when Louis LeFleur and his family opened a stand, or tavern, and inn. His son, Greenwood LeFleur, changed the spelling of his last name to LeFlore and later became a Mississippi Senator and Principal Chief of the Choctaw. Visitors traveling down the Natchez Trace can drive or walk through French Camp Historic District. A wooden boardwalk extends through the entire district from the Log Cabin Gift Shop to the Bed & Breakfast Inn, and Greenwood Leflore’s former council house now houses the Council House Café.

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75 South Main Street, Pontotoc, Mississippi 38863, United States 61.26 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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59 South Main Street, Pontotoc, Mississippi 38863, United States 61.3 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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116 N Main St, Pontotoc, Mississippi 38863, United States 61.52 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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599 Grisham Street, Baldwyn, Mississippi 38824, United States 70.61 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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County Road 2207 and Mississippi 12, Kosciusko, Mississippi 39090, United States 71 mi

Oprah Winfrey Road runs north of Hwy 12 past Oprah Winfrey’s first church, her family cemetery and the site of her birthplace.

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114 Cleveland Street, New Albany, Mississippi 38652, United States 76.47 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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114 Cleveland Street, New Albany, Mississippi 38652, United States 76.47 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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105 County Road 90, Tishomingo, Mississippi 38873, United States 77.96 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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Grenada Lake, MS, United States 78.36 mi

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

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Water Street, Grenada, Mississippi 38901, United States 82.03 mi

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

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105 Railroad Avenue, Water Valley, Mississippi 38965, United States 82.61 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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2088 Scenic Loop 333, Grenada, Mississippi 38901, United States 84.45 mi

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

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309 North 16th Street, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, United States 86.61 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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415 South Lamar Boulevard, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, United States 86.66 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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916 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, United States 86.84 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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