History, Heritage and Home Town
TUNICA TO CLARKSDALE–48 miles
CLARKSDALE TO CLEVELAND–36 miles
CLEVELAND TO GREENWOOD–44 miles
Begin in the Mississippi Delta, Gateway to the Blues. Here you can explore the new Tunica RiverPark, showcasing the life and history of the Mississippi River. The Tunica Queen, a riverboat that gives you an up close look at the mighty Mississippi is perfect for groups. The Tunica Museum exhibits depict the region’s history from Native Americans to today’s lavish gaming palaces. Continue south on U.S. 61 to Clarksdale, home of the Delta Blues Museum where exhibits and recordings tell the story of America’s only original music. Enjoy lunch at one of Clarksdale’s restaurants, including Ground Zero Blues Club, co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman and local attorney Bill Luckett. Continue to Cleveland, home of Delta State University, and to numerous arts, cultural and archival resources, along with some great shopping. Dockery Farms, a historic cotton plantation on the outskirts of Cleveland, may have been the actual birthplace of the blues. A barn bearing the plantation name and dates of operation is a popular photo opportunity. Arrive in Greenwood to visit the Museum of the Mississippi Delta, where exhibits document the land and people of the Delta, from the Ice Age to today.
GREENWOOD TO INDIANOLA–29 miles
INDIANOLA TO GREENVILLE–24 miles
GREENVILLE TO VICKSBURG–85 miles
Visit Greenwood’s Cotton Row, the second largest cotton exchange in the U.S. and explore the downtown area where Viking Range Corporation has restored several buildings and established a fabulous cooking school, luxury hotel, sophisticated restaurant, plus a top-notch spa and bakery. Your group can take a class at this culinary hot spot and learn the latest trends and techniques in cooking. Indianola is the “home” of blues great B.B. King (although he was born in nearby Itta Bena) and catfish pâté (invented at The Crown Restaurant), a delicious Mississippi delicacy. A delightful museum in nearby Leland honors Jim Henson, creator of the beloved Muppets®, and his most famous progeny, Kermit the Frog.
Enjoy lunch in Greenville, the state’s largest city on the Mississippi River. Explore Native American heritage at the Winterville Mounds Museum with artifacts and ceremonial mounds. The Great River Road brings you to Vicksburg, site of one of the most important battles of the Civil War. Upon arrival, view The Vanishing Glory, a film introducing the fall of this Confederate stronghold. Enjoy dinner complete with a delicious homemade desert before retiring to your antebellum bed and breakfast inn.
Explore Vicksburg’s Old Court House Museum and tour the many antebellum homes. Learn about life on the mighty Mississippi River at the Lower Mississippi River Museum. Browse the shops and galleries of Washington Street, enjoy lunch downtown, and then spend the afternoon on a guided tour of the Vicksburg National Military Park, 1,800 acres of fortifications, monuments and markers commemorating North and South. During the evening, check out the action at a riverside casino.
VICKSBURG TO CANTON–83 miles
CANTON TO JACKSON–22 miles
Hollywood has made Canton the “Movie Capital of Mississippi.” The Movie Museum has props and sets from several motion pictures filmed on location including A Time to Kill, My Dog Skip, and The Ponder Heart. Arrive in Jackson, Mississippi’s capital city, for lunch and tours of the Governor’s Mansion, the Old Capitol State Historical Museum and the Mississippi State Capitol.
JACKSON TO HATTIESBURG–89 miles
Visit the extraordinary Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry/National Agricultural Aviation Museum, a tribute to the state’s agricultural
heritage featuring a complete replica of a 1920s rural town. While you’re in the area, stop by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and Mississippi Children’s Museum, all part of the LeFleur Museum District and offering admissions discounts when you visit all four facilities. End
your day with dinner and overnight in Hattiesburg, home of the University of Southern Mississippi.
HATTIESBURG TO MERIDIAN–88 miles
MERIDIAN TO COLUMBUS–89 miles
After breakfast, enjoy the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood District which includes the African American Military History Museum. Head northeast
to Meridian and visit the Jimmie Rodgers Museum, which honors the Meridian native and “Father of Country Music,” then take a whirl on the Dentzel Carousel. In Columbus is Friendship Cemetery, site of America’s first Memorial Day observance, and visit the childhood home of playwright Tennessee
Williams. Spend the night in an antebellum bed and breakfast.
COLUMBUS TO TUPELO–62 miles
TUPELO TO HOLLY SPRINGS–60 miles
Continue to Tupelo, the birthplace and boyhood home of Elvis Presley. See the humble house where The King was born and the Tupelo Automobile Museum, including the antique car display with a Lincoln owned by Elvis. Head to Holly Springs and see more than 60 antebellum homes and churches, spared destruction because the ladies of the town pretended to befriend the Union soldiers sent to torch the town.