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114 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38802 TUPELO, MS
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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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71 East Troy Street, Tupelo, Mississippi 38804, United States 0.14 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 0.14 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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306 Elvis Presley Drive, Tupelo, Mississippi 38804, United States 1.36 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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689 Rutherford Rd, Tupelo, Mississippi 38801, United States 3.56 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 3.56 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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100 Camp Ground Road, Fulton, Mississippi 38843, United States 16.49 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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75 South Main Street, Pontotoc, Mississippi 38863, United States 16.87 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 16.88 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 16.92 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 17.13 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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219 East Main Street, Okolona, Mississippi 38860, United States 17.58 mi

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

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801 South 3rd Street, Amory, Mississippi 38821, United States 23.08 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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114 Cleveland Street, New Albany, Mississippi 38652, United States 23.79 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 23.79 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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732 W Commerce St, Aberdeen, Mississippi 39730, United States 31.06 mi

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

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503 Hwy 25, Aberdeen, Mississippi 39730, United States 31.84 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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106 North Siddall Street, Ripley, Mississippi 38663, United States 35.5 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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105 County Road 90, Tishomingo, Mississippi 38873, United States 37.18 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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2680 Natchez Trace Parkway, Tupelo, Mississippi 38804, United States 41.6 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 41.6 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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307 East Westbrook Street, West Point, Mississippi 39773, United States 45.3 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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309 North 16th Street, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, United States 46.88 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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616 North 14th Street, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, United States 47.03 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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415 South Lamar Boulevard, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, United States 47.11 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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710 Jackson Ave E, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, United States 47.38 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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1551 Horton Street, Corinth, Mississippi 38834, United States 47.43 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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University Avenue and 5th St. Oxford, MS 38655 47.51 mi
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412 University Ave, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, United States 47.68 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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University of Mississippi, Grove Loop, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, United States 47.85 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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221 North Fillmore Street, Corinth, Mississippi 38834, United States 47.85 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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221 North Fillmore Street, Corinth, Mississippi 38834, United States 47.85 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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203 E Quitman St, Iuka, Mississippi 38852, United States 48.04 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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705 Jackson Street, Corinth, MS 38834, United States 48.06 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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University of Mississippi, 1806 University Circle, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, United States 48.06 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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1501 W. Linden Street, Corinth, Mississippi 38834, United States 48.07 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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110 West Eastport Street, Iuka, Mississippi 38852, United States 48.16 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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J D Williams Library, University, Mississippi 38677, United States 48.18 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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1852 Waverly Mansion Road, West Point, Mississippi 39773, United States 48.27 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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902 North Parkway, Corinth, Mississippi 38834, United States 48.34 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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916 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, United States 48.98 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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339 County Road 102, Oxford, Mississippi 38655, United States 50.61 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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105 Railroad Avenue, Water Valley, Mississippi 38965, United States 53.52 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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515 North 9th Street, Columbus, Mississippi 39701, United States 54.72 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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316 North 7th Street, Columbus, Mississippi 39701, United States 54.84 mi

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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305 E College Ave, Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635, United States 54.87 mi

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

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East Elder Avenue, Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635, United States 54.91 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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220 E College Ave, Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635, United States 54.96 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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300 Main Street, Columbus, Mississippi 39701, United States 55.03 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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1501 Main Street, Columbus, Mississippi 39703, United States 55.05 mi

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

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318 College Street, Columbus, Mississippi 39701, United States 55.09 mi

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

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