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Mississippi’s Most Intriguing Roadside Attractions
Constructed in 1934, the Elvis Presley Birthplace in Tupelo is where the rock 'n' roll music legend began his life. Take a tour of the two-room shotgun home and see the hammer used during its construction. Stroll through the memorial garden to see the Walk of Life, the 42 granite blocks representing each year of his life, and the Story Wall on the birthplace grounds.
When traveling through Oxford, one of the most visited roadside attractions is the grave of William Faulkner. It is customary when visiting his grave to take a shot of whiskey (Faulkner's drink of choice), pour some on the grave, and leave the rest for him to enjoy. So, when you visit, don’t be surprise when you see the booze bottles left for Mr. Faulkner.
Head over to the Delta and pay a visit to the Devil’s Crossroads. This is the famous spot where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil to become a master of the blues.
Elvis Presley Birthplace
Constructed in 1934, the Elvis Presley Birthplace in Tupelo is where the rock 'n' roll music legend began his life. Elvis' father and uncles built the home before The King was born on January 8, 1935.
Tour the two-room shotgun home and see the hammer used during its construction in northern Mississippi.
Stroll through the memorial garden to see the Walk of Life, the 42 granite blocks representing each year of his life and the Story Wall on the birthplace grounds.
Attend a presentation of a worship service, in the Assembly of Life Church, where Elvis was first musically inspired. Enjoy a drive along the Early Years Driving Tour, featuring sites throughout Tupelo. Be sure to look for the hardware store where Elvis' mother purchased his first guitar.
Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area
Spread throughout the northern and central regions of the state, the Mississippi Delta National Heritage area was created in 2009 to preserve the cultural landscape present in the area. The heritage area encompasses 18 Mississippi counties, including Bolivar, Carroll, Desoto, and Holmes.
The heritage area Board of Directors includes community members from organizations like Mississippi Valley State University, Alcorn State University, Delta State University, and others. Specific themes promoted in the heritage area by its partners include the Culture of the Blues & the Birth of an American Sound, the Mississippi River and the Land it Embraces, and three others.
Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area
Spread throughout northern and central regions of the state, the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area was created in 2009 to preserve the vast cultural landscape present in the area. The heritage area covers 19 different counties and reaches part of 11 others as well.
Found across cities like Columbus, Tupelo, Olive Branch, and more, the Mississippi National Heritage Area houses some of the state’s best cultural and historic attractions. Visitors enjoy the African-American Heritage Driving Tour, the Crossroads Museum, Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s Honeymoon Cottage in Horn Lake, and more.
Triangle Cultural Center
Conveniently found on Main Street, right next to Ricks Memorial Library, the Triangle Cultural Center is a beacon of historical perspectives in Yazoo City. What was built originally as a school house in 1904, the Triangle Cultural Center is now home to the Yazoo County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
On your next trip into central Mississippi, head to Yazoo City and check out the Triangle Cultural Center. Open to the public on weekdays, the Triangle Cultural Center houses the Yazoo Historical Society Museum, and a charming theatre. Bring the kids and tour Triangle Cultural Center, just a 30 mile drive from Canton.
Literary Attractions of Mississippi
The Magnolia State is the birthplace of many famous novelists, playwrights, and short-story legends. A few of the most popular include William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, John Grisham, Eudora Welty, and even Oprah.
For 76 years, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty lived and wrote in her Jackson home at 1119 Pinehurst Steet. The Eudora Welty House and Garden interprets the life of the internationally acclaimed author. Mississippi Department of Archives and History consider the site one of the most intact literary homes in the country. The Eudora Welty House is listed as a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public for tours.
Located in the Mississippi State University Mitchell Memorial Library, the John Grisham Room is a fun stop while visiting in Starkville. Exhibits of the bestselling author's original manuscripts, rough drafts, fan mail, and even items from his personal life are on display.