HISTORY

“Only the best is found in Mississippi...”

- Robert St. John, Viking Cooking School

In a sense, the history of Mississippi is the history of America. It begins in prehistoric times, when vast herds of buffalo trampled and “traced” out a route known as the Natchez Trace. This same path would later be traveled by Native Americans, traders, missionaries, and early pioneers. Chickasaw and Choctaw, Scotch and Irish, slaves, and settlers have all called Mississippi home. Mississippi grew up with our nation. When the Mississippi Territory became the 20th state to join the union in 1817, it was comprised largely of the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations. With statehood came an influx of Europeans – largely English, Scottish, and Irish – who sought opportunity in what was then the frontier of a rapidly growing country. The Magnolia State continued to leave its imprint on America, playing a pivotal role in the Civil War and later serving as the setting for some of the landmark events in the struggle for Civil Rights. Today, Mississippi is regarded as a unique and rich intersection of history, architecture, commerce, culture, and the arts.

CULTURE

“Only the best is found in Mississippi...”

- Robert St. John, Viking Cooking School

The Mississippi Blues Trail markers tell stories through words and images of bluesmen and women and how the places where they lived and the times in which they existed–and continue to exist–influenced their music. The sites run the gamut from city streets to cotton fields, train depots to cemeteries, and clubs to churches. We have a lot to share, and it's just down the Mississippi Blues Trail.

  • Mississippi Book Festival

    August 18 @ 8:00 am - August 18 @ 5:00 pm

    Known as Mississippi’s “Literary Lawn Party” this free event for book lovers of all ages is held on the grounds of the State Capitol and feature over 150 authors, more than 45 panels, activities and more.

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  • Cruisin the Coast

    September 30 @ 8:00 am - October 7 @ 5:00 pm

    America’s Largest Block party featuring classic cars from all over the world showcase their rides and cruise the beautiful beach-side highway along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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  • Mississippi State Fair

    October 3 @ 8:00 am - October 14 @ 5:00 pm

    One of the South’s largest fairs with amusement rides, concessions, national recording artists, agricultural and livestock competitions, exhibits and more take place in Jackson.

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  • Great Mississippi River Balloon Race

    October 19 @ 8:00 am - October 21 @ 5:00 pm

    The Great Mississippi River Balloon Race is the most colorful annual event in Natchez, with gorgeous hot air balloons filling the skies over the river as local and national talent fill the air with live music.

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  • 7th Annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival

    October 20 @ 8:00 am - October 20 @ 5:00 pm

    Proclaimed as the “Hot Tamale Capital of the World” this unique festival features multiple tamale vendors, music, eating contest, famous chefs and much more.

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