History & Heritage

Mississippi History Regions

William Faulkner once said, "To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi."

When you consider the richness of the state’s past, it’s easy to justify Faulkner’s proclamation.

Native American history. The Civil War. Mississippi plantations and Civil Rights. Music, literature and art. The Mississippi River. Perhaps no state in the entire country has seen the profusion of so many significant people, places and events as Mississippi.

Interestingly, of all the Mississippi history regions, no place is as rich as the Delta. From the countless museums, and Mississippi plantations to Native American burial grounds and Civil War battlefields, the Mississippi Delta is more than just a "historic place;" it’s a region that’s alive with history.

400 West Park St
Hernando , MS
Beale Town Bound” Blues Marker honors musicians Gus Cannon, Robert Wilkins and Jim Jackson. Gus Cannon was born in Red Banks, MS and buried in Hernando. Gus was a banjo player who also “played the jug.” He wrote and first recorded the song, “Walk Right In,” which became a number one hit for the Greenwich...
13625 US Hwy 61 North
Tunica Resorts, MS 38664
Make your first stop in Tunica the all-new Gateway to the Blues Museum and Visitors Center, located at the entrance of the Tunica Resort area along U.S. Highway 61. This new center, housed in an original 1895 train depot, is your exclusive source for up-to-the-minute information about Tunica. Its friendly staff is ready to assist you with direction...
600 Third Street
Cleveland , MS 38732
See how agriculture affected our history and culture
508 Klein Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183
Open daily 10:00 am 3:00 pm (please call first).Approximately 30-minute tour. This breathtaking Italianate mansion sits atop a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River and is one of Mississippi’s best preserved historical homes. It showcases beautiful oval, arched woodwork and trim and intricate Bavarian plaster and gold leaf crown moldings t...
1010 First East Street
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Open daily from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm. Tour one of Vicksburg's most historic antebellum homes. With humble beginnings as a wood framed pioneer home, Anchuca was build in 1830 by J.W. Maulding. Victor Wilson completed the Greek revival structure we see today in 1847. Joseph E. Davis, patriarchal brother to President Jefferson Davis, CSA and owner of the...
Clay Street at National Military Park
Vicksburg, MS 39183
Access at Grove and Hope Streets, traffic light #10. Public access except on Saturday. Evidence of a once robust Jewish community, the cemetery dates back to 1864. A lunette fortification was built on the property by the Confederacy. On May 19 and 22, 1863, it was the site of fierce fighting and bloodshed. In 1864, t...
Berclair (Leflore County), MS
The long and remarkable life of B. B. King began near this site, where he was born Riley B. King on September 16, 1925.  His parents, Albert and Nora Ella King, were sharecropers who lived in a simple home southeast of here along Bear Creek.  After his parents separated when he was four, King lived in Kilmichael and Lexington before moving as a tee...
1117 Grove Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183
To schedule a tour please call in advance. Tours last 30-45 minutes. A charming bed and breakfast retreat, this exquisite example of Eastlake Victorian was built in 1870 by Leona Baer. The home features handcrafted American chestnut and black walnut detailed woodwork. On each side of the entry are the original large formal parlors – one for f...
West End District of Hernando
Hernando, MS
Baptist Industrial College West End District of Hernando 662-429-8852 www.desotomuseum.org Founded in 1900 by the North Mississippi Baptist Educational Convention, the college was the first school in DeSoto County to offer instruction through grade twelve to African Americans and one of the earliest private schools for African Americans in ...
1022 Monroe Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183
Open every day at any reasonable time for tours. Appointments/Reservations requested and recommended. Tours $5 per person. Two conflicting stories, one a fifty-three page handwritten family history, the other a researched account of documented events, address the property from as early as 1840. Both conclude that the majestic st...
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