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.

13625 US Hwy 61 North
Tunica Resorts, MS 38664
888-488-6422
tunicatravel.com
Make your first stop in Tunica the all-new Gateway to the Blues 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 directions, hotel in...
600 Third Street
Cleveland , MS 38732
6628432712
www.visitmississippi.org/agri-tours-trail.aspx
See how agriculture affected our history and culture
508 Klein Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183
601-634-0737
800-844-2308
www.belleofthebends.com
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
6016610111
888-686-0111
www.anchuca.com
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
601-868-2237
601-883-1525
www.baerhouseinn.ms
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
662.393.8770
wwwsodesoto.com
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
601-634-8404
601-218-8201
www.bazsinskyhouse.com
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...
Highway 1 South
Greenville, MS 38701
One of the few antebellum homes in the Mississippi Delta to escape burning by Union forces during the Civil War, Belmont was built circa 1857 by W.W. Worthington. In 1946, Mississippi Governor Dennis Murphree founded Belmont Hunting Lodge, and today the property is a private residence.
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