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.

  • RAMCAT RHYTHM & BREWS

    August 5, 2017 - August 5, 2017

    The Delta’s craft beer event, featuring a selection of craft beers, a homebrew competition and live music in downtown’s most historic alley. 662.453.7625

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  • Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival

    August 18, 2017 - August 19, 2017

    On August 18-19 the Fifth Annual Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival, takes place in Downtown Jackson inside the Jackson Convention Complex.  This Boomin’ festival presents a great mix of Rhythm and Blues artists to celebrate Jackson’s rich contribution to the fabric of music. Festivalgoers will experience 30 performances on 5 stages satisfying your senses with a Boomin’ …

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  • PRAIRIE ARTS FESTIVAL

    September 2, 2017 - September 2, 2017

    Held Labor Day Saturday every year in downtown West Point, this family-friendly event has more than 300 vendors of the best handmade crafts and juried fine arts in the South.

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  • 25TH ANNUAL MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST BLUES & HERITAGE FESTIVAL

    September 9, 2017 - September 9, 2017

    Blues festival featuring top blues entertainers. Enjoy music and food.

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  • 33RD ANNUAL DIAMONDHEAD ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR

    September 16, 2017 - September 17, 2017

    Check out one of the best fairs of its kind on the coast! More than 150 art, crafts, and unique gifts vendors and food stands under the trees at the Diamondhead Country Club. Prize raffle. Come inside for lunch specials in the club. Free shuttle from the Diamondhead Shopping Center both days.

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