Oren Dunn City Museum

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Oren Dunn City Museum

Located on West Main Street in the James L. Ballard Park 
662-841-6438
www.orendunnmuseum.org
Hours:  Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday hours are 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. (March – October). Closed on Monday. 

The Oren Dunn City Museum is home to a wonderful collection of historic buildings and Tupelo history. The late Oren F. Dunn, founder of the museum, was an avid history buff and storyteller. His goal was to chronicle the region’s history; the museum continues his mission today.

The museum is housed in a 1937 dairy barn. Its collection focuses primarily on Tupelo and Northeastern Mississippi history. The museum highlights include: Chickasaw Indians, Early Pioneer Settlement, 1936 Tornado, and Tupelo Agriculture and Industry. The outside village is host to three original dwellings: an 1870’s dogtrot house, a one room school and a one room chapel. The village is also home to a Frisco Caboose and replica train depot, 1940 and 1941 Tueplo Fire Trucks, the 1949 Lee County Bookmobile, and Dudie’s Diner, a Memphis streetcar turned into a famous local eatery.

The museum hosts several temporary exhibits and traveling exhibits each year: African American History and the Annual Holiday Toy Exhibit. Annual events include the Dudie Burger Festival, Living History Days, and Fall Festival.

Tupelo Veterans Museum

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Tupelo Veterans Museum

689 Rutherford Rd
Tupelo, MS
662-844-1515
www.tupeloveteransmuseum.com
veteransmuseum@bellsouth.net
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9am-4pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. Closed Sunday and Monday but will open for special groups by appointment.
Admission is by donations

Located in the Oren Dunn City Museum is a wonderful collection of memorabilia honoring the men and women who dedicated their lives to the concept of ensuring freedom for all Americans. Founded by Tony Lute, who began collecting WWII artifacts since he was 16, he has continued to pursue his mission by opening the museum and is grateful to the many donors who have entrusted him with their treasures.

Among the collection you will find a display signed by one of the last surviving marine that raised the flag on Iwo Jima, a Nazi banner, a clock from a crashed Japanese zero made by Seiko and still runs, a German luger, .32 caliber officer’s dress pistol and a 9 mm German Radem. In addition a nice assortment of weapons representing Allied and Axis countries, a Kreigs Navy Flag, Nazi K98 Mausers used at the battle of Stalingrad, two rifles which were captured by the Russians at the end of WWII, and many exhibits that children will enjoy.

The artifact collection includes items from every country that participated in the war. There are thousands of artifacts on display with some of the most interesting objects including the flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol at the hour the D-Day invasion began and a functioning clock from a Japanese kamikaze plane.

Brice’s Crossroads National Battlefield Site

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Brice’s Crossroads National Battlefield Site

607 Grisham Street
Baldwyn, MS
662-365-3969
www.bricescrossroads.com
Email: bcr@dixie-net.com

Six miles from Baldwyn on Mississippi Hwy 370 W. lies the Brice’s Crossroads National Battlefield where Confederate cavalry under the command of General Nathan Bedford Forrest defeated Union troops and forced their withdrawal to Memphis.

A one-acre site maintained by the National Park Service features a monument and two cannons. Adjacent to the battlefield is the Bethany Cemetery where 95 Confederate soldiers are buried. All but one are identified. An additional 1,400 acres surrounding the one-acre site has been purchased for preservation. Newly paved trails and signage explain battle lines and troop movements. Development is underway in four phases. Granite markers along Highway 370 describe the battle.

Four miles east of the battlefield site on Grisham Street, adjacent to Hwy 45 in Baldwyn, is the Brice’s Crossroads Visitors and Interpretive Center. The center offers an interpretive exhibit featuring Civil War artifacts, a battlefield diorama and interactive exhibits. A 22-minute video program with an introduction by Civil War historian and author Shelby Foote is available to orient visitors to the battle. On the Center grounds, a memorial of flags highlights the sacrifice of soldiers from many states, both North and South, who fought at Brice’s Crossroads.

On June 10, 1864, the Union Army initiated the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads with one aobjective – to make it impossible for Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest to interfere with General William T. Sherman’s railroad supply line from Nashville to Chattanooga durning the Atlanta campaign. Union troops, under General Samuel D. Sturgis, marched out of Memphis to hold Forrest in Northeast Mississippi. Outnumbered more than two to one, Forrests’s men routed the Union troops. The battle was considered a major tactical victory for the Confederacy. Events “Children’s Discovery Day and ” Living History” are held annually in June each year.

A living history and reenactment of the battle is held annually on the anniversary weekend.

Tupelo National Battlefield

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Tupelo National Battlefield

100-114 Monument Drive
Tupelo, MS
Phone: 662-680-4027
Toll-Free: 1-800-305-7417
www.nps.gov/tupe/the-battle.htm

Commemorated in a park on Tupelo’s West Main Street is the Battle of Tupelo – the last major engagement of the Civil War in Mississippi.

The battle, which raged over two hot July days in 1864, was among the bloodiest in the state. Coming after the Confederate victory at the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads, the Tupelo engagement pitted troops under Confederate Generals Stephen D. Lee and Nathan Bedford Forrest against Union troops under the command of General A.J. Smith. At stake was Smith’s ability to keep Forrest’s feared cavalry corps in north Mississippi and not allow him to go to east Tennessee and disrupt Union General William T. Sherman’s “march to the sea” campaign in Georgia. So important was Tupelo to Sherman that he ordered Smith in Memphis “to make up a force and go out to follow Forrest to the death, if it cost 10,000 lives and breaks the Treasury.” Although the blue clad troops claimed victory, insufficient supplies caused the Union army to retreat to Memphis, leaving the field to an army half its size.

The Tupelo National Battlefield is open daily and maintained by the National Park Service. The site includes a cannon, a marker with text and maps outlining the engagement.

Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery

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Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery

Phone: 662-842-1341
Fax: (662) 842-3215
Email: pvtjohnallen@fws.gov
www.fws.gov/pvtjohnallen/
Hours: Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

The Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery is a scenic outdoor facility where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service propagate native fish for use in restocking programs. Each year, millions of fish are hatched here.

A 1904 Victorian house which was the home to hatchery superintendents for many years is located at the site. The grounds of the hatchery are beautifully manicured with turn-of-the-century plantings. Reminisce as you walk through Grandmother’s Garden and the wildlife area, which has been planted with foliage to attract nature’s friends. The house is now supervised and maintained by the Tupelo Garden Club and is available for teas, weddings, luncheons, picnics and other events. Tours are available upon request.

Council House Café

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Council House Café

 

Be filled to the gills with delicious soups, sandwiches, salads, and desserts served up with a smile at the Council House Cafe

Stop in to enjoy a hot, satisfying bowl of potato soup, some sweet and crunchy broccoli salad,  and a smoked turkey sandwich with a glass of sweet tea at the Council House Café. Follow it up with bread pudding topped with caramel sauce or Mississippi mud cake with a dollop of ice cream. All of our sandwiches are made on freshly baked French Camp bread.  Several choices of meats, soups, and salads are waiting for you. We would love to have you join us for a meal  Monday – Saturday. We open at 10:30 and close around 7:00.  COME SEE US!

We are thankful for all our patrons. Eating at the Council House Cafe is not only a satisfying culinary experience, but profits go directly to support deserving young people through scholarship aid at French Camp Academy. For take-out orders  or to make reservations for groups of 10 or more, please call 662-547-9860. Tour buses welcomed with advance notice.

Embassy Suites

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Embassy Suites

Embassy Suites
The Township at Colony Park
200 Township Place
601-607-7112
1-800-EMBASSY http://www.jacksonnorthridgeland.embassysuites.com/

Natchez

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Natchez

A southern start in Natchez is a nice way to begin your journey. Overlooking the majestic Mississippi River, the town overflows with romantic history of grandeur and charm. Visitors can choose everything from carriage rides through the city and tours of some of the South’s most historic homes to taking a walking tour through downtown.

Port Gibson

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Port Gibson

About 40 miles outside of Natchez is the historic town of PORT GIBSON featuring homes, churches and public buildings in a town General U.S. Grant declared “too beautiful to burn.” The Ruins of Windsor showcase the stark beauty of the once stately Greek Revival mansion and offers visitors a glimpse back in time.

Port Gibson-Claiborne County Chamber of Commerce
601.437.4351
www.PortGibsonOnTheMississippi.com

Raymond

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Raymond

Forty miles north of Port Gibson brings you to the small antebellum city of Raymond. Raymond relies on its picturesque charm and Civil War history to welcome visitors. An interesting driving tour highlights the historic Hinds County Courthouse (1859) and the Dupree House (1878). The Confederate Cemetery and the Civil War Battlefield with its walking trail offer opportunities to explore where history was made in 1863.

Raymond Chamber of Commerce
601.857.8041
www.raymondms.com

Clinton

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Clinton

Known for southern hospitality, Clinton has many unique opportunities for guests of all ages.

History buffs will enjoy the numerous historical landmarks as well as the new visitor center. The Center features an array of historical artifacts and fine art, as well as gift items created by local artisans. Designed by Belinda Stewart of Eupora, MS, and constructed with period materials and period architectural details including a porch and “dogtrot,” the Center has the look and authentic charm of one of the 19th century farmhouses once located along the Natchez Trace. The handmade bricks of the exterior are the same kind used in Monticello and Mount Vernon; the cypress used in the Center’s porch supports, stair railings and interior features was reclaimed from a South Louisiana sugar mill demolished after more than a century in operation.

The Visitor Center is a hub for fun and fascinating cultural activities. The museum room, highlights the history of the Natchez Trace through Clinton, provides changing displays throughout the year and hosts monthly “Mississippi Old Time Music Society” jam sessions.

Recreational activities are abundant with numerous walking paths and exciting activities at one of Clinton’s many parks. At the Clinton Community Nature Center, guests can follow more than 2 ½ miles of walking trails under a magnificent native tree canopy passing through Fern Gully, Grapevine Loop and the “Elephant” Tree. Benches along the trails and in the Amphitheatre offer a peaceful rest before continuing to the site of the original Sumner Hill School and down to the Butterfly Garden. The Primitive Campsite Exhibit along the historic Natchez Trace offers the opportunity to walk in the tracks once known as the Chickasaw Trail, Choctaw Trail or Natchez Nashville Road, following the footsteps of the famous, like Andrew Jackson and John James Audubon, and the infamous, including Little Harpe and the Mason Gang.

The beautiful brick streets in Clinton’s Olde Towne accent an array of unique shops and nearby restaurants and hotels.

City Of Clinton, Clinton Visitor Center
601.924.2221
www.clintonms.org

visitorcenter@clintonms.org

Ridgeland

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Ridgeland

Rest assured Ridgeland has the Art of it All with exciting events, inspiring art, fantastic shopping and hands-on fun!

Ridgeland, Mississippi offers outstanding service and hospitality. Experience where water meets wonderful on the Ross Barnett Reservoir and the breathtaking beauty of the Natchez Trace Parkway is like looking at art on canvas. Ways to paint the town are endless with miles of unique shopping, delightful dinging and incredible accommodations.

The Mississippi Crafts Center, located near the Natchez Trace Parkway, features works of over 150 artisans, who are members of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. The multi-million dollar center features artisan works, a blacksmith shop, a woodworkers shop, meeting space, outdoor demonstrations and exhibits.

Ridgeland is full of excitement during our many annual events such as the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival in April which provides art enthusiasts the opportunity to view and purchase artwork from the nation’s premier artists. Throughout the year, there are other fantastic events such as Sante South Wine Festival, Kidfest Ridgeland, Natchez Trace Century Ride.

The north shore banks of the Ross Barnett Reservoir wind along the Natchez Trace Parkway and greet visitors with natural beauty and outstanding recreational opportunities. Be sure to visit the Ridgeland Visitor Center located in the Renaissance at Colony Park, a vibrant venue for shopping, dining and entertainment. You’ll Love Our Hospitality!

Ridgeland Tourism Commission
800.468.6078
www.visitridgeland.com

Kosciusko

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Kosciusko

Named after Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a Polish General who served as a military engineer in the American Revolutionary War, Kosciusko is one of the oldest remaining settlements on the Natchez Trace.

Located in the center of Mississippi, the town was once a campsite for travelers making the long trip from Natchez to Nashville by way of the Natchez Trace.

With its historic downtown square and over 100-year-old Attala County Courthouse, Kosciusko has been designated as one of America’s 100 best small towns.

Today, visitors stop to enjoy some of the nationally known antique shops, restaurants and the bed and breakfast inn.

Key attractions include L.V. Hull’s Yard Art, which features a unique collection of eclectic works by one of the town’s artisans, and the Kosciusko Museum and Information Center, which offers information about the town and other Mississippi attractions.

Kosciusko also celebrates being the birthplace of Oprah Winfrey, and is the site of the annual Natchez Trace Festival, held the last Saturday in April.

Attala Development Corporation
662.289.2981
www.kadcorp.org

French Camp

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French Camp

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The Log Cabin sits at the gateway to the French Camp historic district to welcome you.

Located at mileage marker 181 on the Natchez Trace, French Camp is a delightful mix of the
old and new. Discover how early Americans lived in the Natchez Trace Historic District of French Camp Academy. Walk through the authentic antebellum home, visit an old graveyard, and reminisce in the museum. Spend the night in the rustic (but fully modernized) French Camp Bed and Breakfast, constructed from log cabins. Dine at the Council House Cafe and shop at the Log Cabin Gift Shop. See the galaxies through research grade telescopes at Rainwater Observatory. Stop by the bakery for a fresh loaf of homemade bread. Plan a conference or retreat at Rising Son Conference Center. Get a visitors pass and schedule a tour of French Camp Academy, a Christian boarding school serving young people and their families since 1885.

Ninety miles north of Jackson, Mississippi, this timeless treasure abounds with a colorful past of generals, pirates, explorers, Indians, bootleggers and buried gold. The real French Camp Story is not about a place, but about the people. The pioneering spirit and resourcefulness of the first settlers carved a way of life from the abundant Mississippi wilderness. Their community-wide commitment to the education and spiritual development of their children provide the foundation for French Camp Academy, a school born of humble beginnings in the nineteenth century.

For more information call (662) 547-9464 or visit or website, www.frenchcamp.org/historic

Tupelo

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Tupelo

Tupelo, located in the northeast part of Mississippi and intersected by U.S. Highways 45 and 78 and the historic Natchez Trace Parkway, is the ideal getaway, with a diverse mix of fun and exciting attractions that are totally unique.

The Natchez Trace Parkway headquarters are located in Tupelo, and here visitors are immersed in the road’s colorful and exciting history through recently redesigned and refined exhibits that combine scholarship with entertainment. Living history demonstrations, like Pioneer Day, offer children and adults alike an opportunity to participate in activities such as corn shuck doll making, basket weaving, beading, and leatherworking.

Elvis’ birthplace is a prime attraction drawing visitors to Tupelo where they meet the child who would become an icon. The story of Elvis and Tupelo is told on the grounds, in the birthplace house and museum and in the church Elvis attended as a child, as well as on a driving tour of significant sites.

Fun-loving guests will love Tupelo’s other attractions as well. The Tupelo Automobile Museum, Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo and HealthWorks! Kids Museum are just a sample of what Tupelo can offer visitors. Special events, great dining and eclectic shopping make Tupelo your ticket for a great time!

Tupelo CVB
800.533.0611
www.tupelo.net

Tishomingo County

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Tishomingo County

Tishomingo County — Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, beautiful vistas and home to Woodall Mountain, the highest point in Mississippi, two award-winning state parks, a national park, 50,000 acres of lakes, 12,000 acres of protected hunting areas and 10 Corps of Engineers parks. An outdoor enthusiast’s paradise—caves, canyons, swinging bridge, covered bridge, and miles of hiking trails and streams perfect for canoeing, fishing and swimming. Take a break at our quaint restaurants and cafes, arts and craft shops and the old Tishomingo County Courthouse Museum, once the “Marriage Capitol of the South.”

Tishomingo is always a refreshing change of pace! Learn more by visiting www.tishomingofunhere.org or call 662-423-0051.