French Camp Pioneer Day

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French Camp Pioneer Day

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Local artisan, Susan Donald, demonstrates mosaic work. Susan is also the potter at French Camp Academy’s Children of God Pottery Studio.

The whole family will find plenty of fun things to do and see on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Pioneer Day in French Camp, MS. Activities start at 9:00 and wrap up around 4:00. Admission to the festival is free.

You can step back in time as you wander through the Natchez Trace Historic District, where the air will be filled with invigorating sounds of music and tantalizing aromas of food. Artisans, showcasing their crafts will welcome you to watch, or maybe try your hand, at pottery, chair caning, wood carving, quilting, basket weaving, and more.

The Log Cabin Gift Shop will be stocked with Children of God pottery and beautiful handcrafts by local artisans. The Council House Café will serve up their famous sandwiches and desserts. (Proceeds are used to support FCA students.)

French Camp, MS, is located at the crossroads of MS Highway 413 and the Natchez Trace Parkway, about halfway between Jackson and Tupelo.

For updates on Pioneer Day, visit our website www.frenchcamp.org/historic. If you are interested in being a vendor or demonstrator, call Brittany Henderson at 662-547-6482.

New Bed & Breakfast along the Natchez Trace Parkway: Kickstand Cottage

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New Bed & Breakfast along the Natchez Trace Parkway: Kickstand Cottage

Summertime is officially here, and there isn’t a better time to get out and enjoy the Natchez Trace Parkway! If you’re setting your sights on the numerous opportunities for recreation along one of the country’s greatest scenic byways, you’ll be sure to have fun no matter how you choose to spend your day. However, when the sun sinks down below the oaks and pines, even the most intrepid of travelers will probably start to wonder where they can find some well-deserved rest.
Summer on the Natchez Trace Parkway
Summer on the Natchez Trace Parkway
Luckily, not too much has changed on the Trace during the last few hundred years. Just like the traders and woodsmen of days past, the modern traveler can find a cozy bed and great food at a wealth of local bed and breakfasts scattered along the trail.
Kickstand Cottage in Baldwyn, MS
Kickstand Cottage in Baldwyn, MS
The newest of those retreats is the Kickstand Cottage Bed and Breakfast in Baldwyn, MS. Located near Tupelo, the small B&B is a family-friendly operation which welcomes all guests, but offers special amenities which may prove extra useful to those traveling by bicycle or motorcycle. Particularly for those peddling down the Natchez Trace, Kickstand Cottage offers a shuttle service to and from the Trace, along with safe and secure overnight storage of bicycles and gear. You can find more information about offers and amenities HERE.
An evening around the campfire is a perfect way to wind down a day on the Trace.
An evening around the campfire is a perfect way to wind down a day on the Trace.
If you’re looking for quiet place to recharge along the Trace, Kickstand Cottage will fit the bill. The B&B is only fifteen minutes from Tupelo, MS and four miles from the Natchez Trace itself. Still, it is just enough off the beaten path to insure that you’ll enjoy a quiet evening around the fire pit and the farm-fresh breakfast awaiting you in the morning. So next time you go adventuring along the Trace, be sure to check out the byway’s newest B&B, the Kickstand Cottage in Baldwyn, MS.
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Battle of Iuka

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Battle of Iuka

September 19, 1862

As part of a larger Confederate offensive move into Kentucky, Confederate General Braxton Bragg ordered Major General Sterling Price, former governor of Missouri and victor of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, to march into Iuka to prevent Union Major General William S. Rosecrans from moving into Tennessee to reinforce a Union garrison at Nashville, thus potentially threatening Bragg’s forces.

Union Major General Ulysses S. Grant, commanding the Army of the Tennessee, feared that Price was moving to reinforce Bragg’s forces in Kentucky. Grant devised a plan to catch Price’s forces in a pincher movement in Iuka. Grant ordered Major General E. O. C. Ord to advance on Iuka from the west. Rosecran’s forces were to advance on Iuka from the southwest and make a coordinated attack on Price. Ord arrived on time but Rosecrans was delayed. Grant ordered Ord to await the sound of fighting between Rosecrans and Price before engaging the Confederates. Rosecrans arrived about mid-afternoon atop a ridge near Iuka and immediately engaged the Confederates.

Price posted two divisions north of Iuka to oppose Ord and was surprised by Rosecrans’ sudden appearance in his rear. The Confederates launched an attack and captured a six-gun Union battery while Rosecrans attacked from atop the ridge. Price reported that he had “never seen such fighting.” The battle raged even after darkness fell.

The Battle of Iuka was one of the bloodiest battles up to that time, with Union casualities of 782 out of a force of 4,500 and Confederate casualities of 1,516 out of a force of 3,200. Confederate Brigadier General Henry Little was also killed in action at the Battle of Iuka. Remarkably, neither Ord nor Grant heard the sounds of the battle due to what is known as “acoustic shadow.” Price’s army was able to escape during the night to join Major General Earl Van Dorn at Ripley. Union forces occupied Iuka and mounted an unsuccessful pursuit of Price.

Union forces carried the day but failed to capture or destroy Price’s forces. Price and Van Dorn in October 1862 launched an assault on Corinth which also resulted in a Union victory.

Harvest Festival: French Camp, MS

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Harvest Festival: French Camp, MS

French Camp Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 12, 2013.  French Camp, MS.  Features a grand auction of homegrown and handcrafted items beginning at 9:30 AM in the French Camp Academy gymnasium. Quilts, pottery, woodcrafts, produce, artwork, and jewelry are some of the items for auction.  The Country Store features more of the same already priced. Concessions are available. At noon the auction stops for dinner on the grounds behind the FCA dining hall, and resumes at 1:00.

The Natchez Trace Historic District will feature craft demonstrators, musicians, and concessions, also.

French Camp is located on the Natchez Trace Parkway at mile marker 181, the intersection with MS Hwy 413.For more information visit www.frenchcamp.org or call (662) 547-6482.

 

Much To Do at French Camp Harvest Festival
Much To Do at French Camp Harvest Festival

Redbud Springs Park

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Redbud Springs Park

Located on the original Natchez Trace, this park was created during America’s Bicentennial year, 1976.  Several points of interest in the park: dirt mound with dirt taken from Krakow, Poland, Daughters of the American Revolution marker, and statue of General Tadeusz Kosciuszko. 

Statue unflawedEnjoy a quite morning or afternoon at this park while watching the gazing pools and taking a look back in history.

Oprah Winfrey Road

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Oprah Winfrey Road

Oprah Winfrey Road runs North of Highway 12 past Oprah’s first church, her family cemetery and the site of her birthplace.  Drive by only.

Mary Ricks Thornton Cultural Center

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Mary Ricks Thornton Cultural Center

c. 1899. A 100-year-old structure (formerly a Presbyterian church) built in Romanesque Revival style with stunning stained glass windows.  The building also incorporates a Delta Gamma room with portraits of the founders.  By appointment. 662.289.1226.

Kosciusko Museum and Visitors Center

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Kosciusko Museum and Visitors Center

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Spend some time browsing displays of local events, historic sites and interesting people of Kosciusko.  Enjoy art exhibits by local artisans.

Includes a display of Tadeusz Kosicuszko, a Polish freedom fighter, local artisans, local celebrities and much more.  Browse the museum while talking with our volunteer staff.  Daily 9 a.m – 4 p.m.

 

Natchez Trace Pkwy., milepost 159.9
Kosciusko, MS

662.289.2981

http://www.kadcorp.org

info@kadcorp.org

Kosciusko Historic District

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Kosciusko Historic District

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The history value of Kosciusko can be found either by foot or by automobile.  Twenty-five historic structures included on tour.  Our Historic District also has shopping, dining and overnight accommodations.  All this surrounds the Attala County Courthouse , over 100 years old, and our beautiful Court Square.

Kosciusko City Cemetery

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Kosciusko City Cemetery

Late-19th-Century markers.  Self-guided tour. Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Weezie’s Deli

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Weezie’s Deli

Deli sandwiches, fresh salads

The Stable’s

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The Stable’s

Neon Pig

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Neon Pig

Food bar featuring salad, sandwiches, lettuce wraps, daily specials and dessert. Originally started as a chef’s market, the Neon Pig is taking all the fresh produce, meat and delicacies they sell and whipping them into the best menu combinations in town. Love those strangely exotic pickles on your chicken bun – they will sell them to you. Try out the wickles, sweet drass dairy and Benton’s Bacon on your trip to the Neon Pig.

Crossroads Rib Shack

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Crossroads Rib Shack

3061 Tupelo Commons
Tupelo MS
662-844-1700
All major credit cards accepted
Hours: M-F 11:00 a.m. 10p.m. Fri-Sun 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.

Fresh Market Cafe

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Fresh Market Cafe

Our healthy home-cooking begins from scratch using fresh, wholesome ingredients. Fresh Market Cafe only uses stocks, no grease, oil or butter to cook our harvest-fresh vegetables, bringing out their natural, amazing flavors. Our signature pies, yeast rolls and skillet cornbread are all a labor of love prepared and baked every morning in our kitchen. The menu is designed so guests can create their own plates by choosing from our selection of tasty meats, vegetables, breads and desserts. We are convenient for people and families constantly on the go, but guests can rest easy that our healthy menu choices will always satisfy their homecooking craving.

Best Western Plus Inn & Suites

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Best Western Plus Inn & Suites

3158 North Gloster Street
Tupelo MS
662-847-0300
Toll Free: 1-800-780-7234
Fax: 662-847-0301
Pets allowed:  No

80 total rooms; 16 suites; Free wireless internet, Heated indoor pool; Fitness center; Complimentary hot breakfast

Fairfield Inn and Suites

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Fairfield Inn and Suites

3070 Tom Watson Road
Saltillo MS 38866
Phone: 662-680-6798
Email: julie.fulton@marriott.com
www.marriott.com/tupfi
Pets Allowed: No

Tupelo’s Fairfield Inn and Suites by Mariott gives you confidence that your trip will be a success because we consistently deliver a hotel experience taht’s just right. We provide you with just what you need, and skip what you don’t, so travel is easy and productive. Our hotel is conveniently located near downtown Tupelo, BancorpSouth Arena and Elvis Presley attractions yet directly across from The Mall at Barnes Crossing. Our couteous staff is available to help 24 hours a day. Take advantage of our complimentary amenities at every Fairfield Inn and Suites. Including breakfast, in-room high-speed internet and wi-fi in the lobby. Relax and unwind with our plush mattresses and fluffy pillow. Or work off some steam in our indoor pool and exercise room. Our 24 hour market has snacks and travel items. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, Fairfield Inn and Suites provides everything you need to make the most of your stay. Great value and great service, all backed by a name you can believe in. Marriott.

Hampton Inn & Suites

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Hampton Inn & Suites

1116 Carter Cove
Tupelo MS 38804
Phone: 662-821-0317
Fax: 662-821-0318
Email: stephanie.browning2@hilton.com
www.tupelobarnescrossingsuites.hampton

The Hampton Inn and Suites hotel has 88 guest rooms and is minutes from The Mall at Barnes Crossing and local points of interset like Elvis Presley Lake, the Tupelo Furniture Market, Bancorp South Arena and Tupelo Buffalo Park & Zoo. Hotel features and amenities include: complimentary hot breakfast & coffee; free wireless high-speed internet access; free USA Today papers; indoor heated pool and fitness center. It also features an on-site business center that provides modern conveniences like a public computer with internet access and copy and fax service for added convenience, there is a meeting room located on the premises. All guest rooms have microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, curved shower rods, work desks, 42″ flat-screen televisions, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards, voice mail and satellite television that includes the Japenese channel and free HBO. Handicap accessible and connecting rooms can be requested. Laundry facilities are located on the premises and same day valet cleaning service is offered. Free parking is available and can accommodate most cars, trucks or buses.