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Mississippi State History
Mississippi County Histories
The source of these great county histories is
"Mississippi The Heart of the South" by Dunbar Rowland, LL.D,
the director of the Mississippi State Archives.
Published 1925. Includes interesting history of each
county along with some old photos and special materials.
Mississippi Plantations and Antebellum Homes
This great list will provide you with
information, photos and the location of many great Mississippi
plantations and historic homes.
Grand Village of the Natchez Indians
Located in Natchez, MS, features
a history museum, a reconstructed Natchez Indian house and
three Indian mounds.
Historic Jefferson College
As the first
institution of higher learning in the state of Mississippi,
Jefferson College was created in 1802 and the first 15
students were enrolled in 1811. Today, visitors can
explore the campus winding through historic gardens, a
historic cemetery and inside they will find the dormitory,
kitchen and other historic buildings. Located in the
village of Washington, Mississippi.
National Historic Site
Natchez, Mississippi historic site
includes 18th Century, French built Fort Rosalie and
antebellum homes - the William Johnson House and Melrose
Curlee House Museum
Built in 1857 for
Hamilton Mask (a founder of Corinth), the
mansion is steeped in Civil War history, and served as a
headquarters for the Confederacy. Currently, restoration
efforts are in progress. Tours are by appointment only.
Located at 705 Jackson Street in Corinth, MS.
Little Red Schoolhouse
Amite County Historical Society on FaceBook
The historic building is the only one left
standing after the Amite Female Seminary was completely
obliterated by Union soldiers during the Civil War. Today
it holds artifacts and exhibits related to the history of this
area of Mississippi. Operated by the
Historical Society is Located on Clinic Drive in Liberty,
Grand Gulf Military Park
Mississippi history museum, located in Port Gibson, includes
exhibits of Civil War artifacts found locally, an old carriage
house which houses a Civil War ambulance, a fire engine, a
blacksmith shop and the old Grand Gulf Jail and some historic
homes. Some historic buildings, including Sacred Heart
Roman Catholic Church have been moved to this area and can be
explored as well.
Hattiesburg Area Historical Society Museum
The museum is devoted to the collection and
preservation of historical artifacts, documents, photographs and
other items related to the local history of Hattiesburg.
Located in the Hattiesburg Cultural Center at 723 Main Street in
historic Downtown Hattiesburg, MS.
Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby
Focused on the role of Mississippi's military
history from the War of 1812 to present day. The museum
honors the service and sacrifice of Mississippi's servicemen and
women of all branches. Located inside building 850 in Camp
Shelby through the public gate on Highway 49.
Home to Jefferson Davis, president of the
Confederacy. Photo taken ca 1923, courtesy of
Beauvoir Jefferson Davis Home
The Biloxi home was erected 1855 by James
Brown. It was purchased by Jefferson Davis in 1877.
His literary work "The Rise and Fall of the Confederate
Government" was penned in the pavillion of the home. At
one time it as used as a U.S. Veterans Hospital. Opened
as the Jefferson Davis Memorial Library for Southern history
research in 1969, it was hit by Hurricane Camille. It
was repaired and served as the library until a new
Presidential Library was opened in 1998. After that
time, the home served a museum and reminder of the past
heritage of the "South".
NOTE: The Beauvoir
home of Jefferson Davis along with the Presidential Library
suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Katrina and is
currently closed while restoration is in progress.
Sadly, the pavillion, and many other buildings on the property
are completely gone in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The home is located at 2244 Beach Blvd. in Biloxi, MS but the
grounds cannot be accessed at this time.
UPDATE September 2010:
The Grand Opening of the New Jefferson Davis
Presidential Library and Museum is set for 2011!
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Papers of Jefferson Davis
Manship House Museum
was closed in July 2010 for repairs.
Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum / National
Agricultural Aviation Museum
Take a journey
through time and learn about the agricultural history of
Mississippi. Tour guides show visitors how agriculture
and forestry molded the history and heritage of the State of
Mississippi. Museums include the Heritage Exhibit
Center, the National Agricultural Aviation Museum, the
Fitzgerald Collection, Small Town Mississippi, the
Fortenberry-Parkman Farmstead, the Ethnic Heritage Center
and the Forestry Auditorium. Experience the
hospitality and charm of rural life. Located at 1150
Lakeland Drive in Jackson, MS.
Oaks House Museum (Boyd House)
The Oaks is one of
Jackson's oldest homes. The Greek Revival - style cottage
was erected about 1853 and it is one of the few structures which
survived the burning of Jackson during the Civil War. The
museum is set up to depict the life of an ordinary middle-class
family living in the an urban farmstead during the 19th century.
The Oaks House also known as the Boyd House is located at 823
Jefferson Street in Jackson, MS.
Old Capitol Museum
Old Mississippi State Capitol Museum on FaceBook
historical building was built in 1839 of limestone and
features a copper dome. The grandeur of this massive
old building has made it the most distinguished building in
Mississippi. Originally known as The State House, the
Old Capitol building in Jackson, Mississippi served as the
state capitol from 1839 to 1903. This historic building was
later used as a state office building and since 1961, it has
held the state historical museum. The Old Mississippi
State Capitol has been restored to the state of grandeur as
it was once known for in it's early days. Exhibits
focus on the history of the building and important state
events such as the creation of the 1868 and 1890 Mississippi
state constitutions. This beautiful old building
sustained damage from Hurricane Katrina but was repaired and
reopened February 7, 2009. Located at 100 S. State
Street in Jackson, MS.
Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center
in the old Smith Robertson school building in Jackson, this
Mississippi history museum features art, artifacts and
photography which depicts the lifestyle and artistic
contributions of African Americans from the deep south.
The museum showcases the history of African American
Mississippians. Located at 528 Bloom Street in Jackson,
Emerald Mound - Indian Burial Site
Emerald Mound is one of the largest ceremonial
mounds in the United States. Originally known as the
Seltzertown site, the name today is derived from nearby
Emerald Plantation of pre civil war days. The mound is
35 feet high and covers 8 acres. Emerald Mound is the
second largest ceremonial earthwork in the US and it is
estimated to have been occupied between 1250AD and 1600AD by
ancestors of the Natchez People. Located on Rural
Route 2, NT-143, Tupelo, MS.
Mount Locust Inn and Plantation
Construction of this historical structure was
begun during Revolutionary War times by John Blommart as a
shelter and resting place for the boatmen who floated boats
down the Mississippi River and then had to walk back (known
as Kaintucks). In later years, Mount Locust was the
center of the Chamberlain family cotton plantation who
occupied the farm and house for 5 generations. Today
it is owned by the National Park Service and has been
restored to it's 1820 appearance where visitors use walking
paths to see not only the house but the historic sites such
as the brick kiln, family cemetery, slave cemetery and sites
of the plantation structures. Life on the Natchez
Trace is interpreted for visitors through exhibits about the
early travelers, plantation owners and the enslaved African
Americans who worked there. Located at milepost 15.5
on the Natchez Trace Parkway.
University of Mississippi History Museum
Located in Oxford, MS, exhibits include Greek and Roman
antiquities, Barnard collection of scientific instruments, a
southern folk art collection, the
Walton-Young Historic House, William Faulkner's historic
Rowan Oak and the Seymour Lawrence collection of American
Brice Crossroads National Battlefield
site of the famed Civil War battle of June 10, 1864.
Visitors are advised to visit the Brice's Crossroads Visitor
and Interpretive Center located near the intersection of US
Highway 45 and Mississippi 370 in Bladwyn, MS.
Tupelo National Battlefield
historical agricultural and military objects along with an
extensive collection of Native American artifacts and
information about the importance of cotton in the Mississippi
Delta. Visitors are offered a glimpse into the past of
Leflore County. Local artwork is displayed as well.
Located at 1908 Highway 82 West in Greenwood, MS.
Columbus Tour of Antebellum Homes
Explore some of the most beautiful antebellum homes in the south
on the Columbus home tour. Some of the lovely homes
visitors will see are the 1848 Amzi Love / Lincoln home, the
1847 Lee home and museum, 1856 Rosedale, the 1875 Tennessee
William home and many others. Visit the Welcome Center at
300 Main Street in Columbus, MS to begin your tour.
Rankin County Historical Museum
Operated by the Rankin County Historical Society,
the Rankin County Historical Museum is housed in what was
originally the general store of John Cole Atkins. It was
later known as Value Post Office when Atkins became the first
postmaster. Atkins ran his store until the 1930s at which
time the McRaes family took over. It was donated to the
Rankin County Historical Society and today holds a collection of
historical items related to the history of the area. The
Neely-Wilson is also a part of the museum. Located at 1415
Government Street in Brandon, MS.
Old Tishomingo County Court House and Historical Museum
The old Courthouse
Museum offers a place to do
genealogical research and a look into the history of
Tishomingo County, Mississippi. Housed in the old 1889
courthouse at 203 East Quitman Street in Luka, MS.
Devoted to the history of Tunica County.
Exhibits include prehistory of Native Americans, early
exploration, settlement and 19th and 20th century history of
Tunica, Mississippi. Located off Hwy 61 on Museum Blvd in
Tunica, MS. The museum also operates the 1840
Tate Log House in downtown Tunica.
Riverpark Museum [Virtual
The museum is devoted
to the history of the great Mississippi River. Board a
19th century riverboat and enjoy a ride down the Mississippi
River from the Riverpark landing which is found at the museum.
Located at One River Park Drive in Tunica, MS.
Union County Heritage Museum
The museum features
artifacts and exhibits related to the early history of Union
County, Mississippi. 114 Cleveland Street, New Albany, MS.
National Military Park
History, Culture and Memorials
entire site of the Siege of Vicksburg during the Civil War which
lasted from March 29 through July 4th, 1863, the park is a
memorial to all who suffered through the conflict of the Civil
War. The monuments are beautiful. Vicksburg National
Cemetery is located on the premises. Location is 3201 Clay
Street, Vicksburg, MS.
Vicksburg Old Court House Museum
Civil War Tour]
Built in 1858, the Old Court House stood watch
throughout the Civil War and has hosted Jefferson Davis, Ulysses
S. Grant, Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt and William
McKinley. Today the old courthouse holds historical
artifacts and exhibits related to the Civil War, and the local
history of Vicksburg. Housed inside the court house is the
McCardle Research Library which contains over 1400 volumes of
local history and histories of Warren County families, and
historical records. Located at 1008 Cherry Street in
Old Firehouse Museum
Built in 1923, the museum is housed in an old
fire house. Hands-on exhibits and old fire fighting
equipment are among the exhibits. Located at 230 Main
Street in Greenville, MS.
The African American Museum
Housed inside the 1819 Branch Banking House
of the state of Mississippi, the museum focuses on the
history of African Americans in Woodville, Mississippi.
Located on the Courthouse Square in Woodville, MS.
Dorn WWII Museum [History]
Former site of a WWII Army Training Camp, the
museum offers a look into the history of this short lived
Location: 138 Main in Centreville, MS.
Rosemont Plantation - Home of Jefferson Davis
Wilkinson County Museum
Housed in the 1838 West Feliciana Railroad
Company office, the museum is devoted to the preservation of
Wilkinson County and Woodville history. Located on the
Courthouse Square at the corner of Bank Street and Boston
Row in Woodville, Mississippi.
African-American Cultural Center
Housed inside the historic home of previous
businessman and educator A. J. Oakes, the house is listed on the
National Register of Historic Places. Today visitors will
get a glimpse into the lives and heritage of the Oakes family
and learn about the artists, craftsmen, musicians, educators and
statesman who called Yazoo home. Located at 332 North Main
Street in Yazoo City, MS.
Olden Historical Museum
Focus is on the history of Yazoo's early citizens
and events affecting them. From the Civil War to the great
Yazoo City fire of 1904, visitors will learn about the history
of Yazoo. Located in the Triangle Cultural Center at 322
North Main Street in Yazoo, MS.
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