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Baptist Town, established in the 1800s, in tandem with the growth of the local cotton industry, is one of Greenwood's oldest African-American neighborhoods. Known for its strong sense of community, it is anchored by the McKinney Chapel M. B. Church and a former cotton compress. In Blues lore Baptist Town is best known through the reminiscences of David "Honeyboy" Edwards, who identified it as the final residence of Robert Johnson, who died just outside Greenwood in 1938.
Big Joe Williams (c. 1903-1982) epitomized the life and times of the rambunctious, roving Bluesman, traveling from coast to coast and around the world playing rugged, rhythmic Blues on his nine-string guitar at juke joints, house parties, and concerts. Mentor to Blues legends Muddy Waters and Honeyboy Edwards, Williams was born near Crawford, where he also spent his final years. His song "Baby Please Don't Go" has been recorded by many Blues and Rock bands.
Big Walter Horton, also known as Walter "Shakey Horton," was born in Horn Lake, moved to Memphis as a child and then to Chicago, where he first appeared on the blues scene in the late 1950s. His career encompassed playing blues joints in the Mississippi Delta during the 1920s and 1930s, to studio recording with groups like Fleetwood Mac and Johnny Winter in the 1970s.
70-Minute Living Marine Adventure Cruise. Enjoy this interpretive, educational adventure for the entire family.
The Black Prairie of eastern Mississippi has produced a number of notable Blues musicians, including Howlin' Wolf, Bukka White, and Big Joe Williams. Activity in Columbus, the largest city in the region, centered around areas such as this block of 4th Street, called "Catfish Alley" after local fishermen brought their catches to town to be cooked and sold on the street. Bukka White sang of the good times to be had in town in his 1969 recording "Columbus, Mississippi Blues."
The Blue Front Café is known in the Blues world over for a special style of Blues music and a special type of food. The blue cinder-block building has been open since 1948 and was the locale for Bentonia Blues, buffalo fish and moonshine whiskey.
54-acre u-pick blueberry farm
Enjoy this "pick 'em yourself" experience at one of the state's largest blueberry farms covering 10-fields, with over 25-acres of bushes. Plump and juicy... that's how we grow them at Blue Tara, Mississippi's first certified organic farm.
BlueJack Ridge Ranch is an outdoor, western experience designed to mimic ranching and farming activities in a fun and interactive way. These activities are designed with children ages 3 to 12 in mind. We strive to create a family oriented, safe and playful environment, free from an over-saturation of technology and mechanical elements. Our tiny guests are our priority and therefore BlueJack Ridge will remain spook-free. A place for families to experience the joy of having the "Ranch in the Country" with having to own it.
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