Where the Best of the Delta Comes
A historic downtown. Outdoor recreation. An abundance of shopping and dining. A
lively arts and entertainment scene, including the authentic juke joint, Poor Monkeys
Lounge- located just outside of Cleveland in Merigold. And, of course,
plenty of Delta hospitality. It's
easy to see why Cleveland has been named "one
of the 100 best small towns in America."
Museums, Art, History and Blues
Museums such as the Martin & Sue King Railroad Heritage
Museum preserve Cleveland’s
history and culture. The nearby Mississippi Dockery Plantation is the very site where it’s
said the blues were born. Blues heritage peaks at Po Monkey's
in Merigold, one of the last remaining cotton field juke joints. When you step out
of the car here, you could be in any decade.
You'll find historic sites in Mississippi such as Mound
Bayou- the oldest town in America founded by former slaves.
There are popular festivals
such as the Mississippi Italian Festival and Octoberfest, as well as a thriving
college right smack dab in the middle of it all! Delta
State University, which provides the community
with art, music, entertainment and that "college town" feel.
Crosstie Historic District
Cleveland’s thriving Crosstie Historic District is a surreal experience that
wedges itself between classic and modern. The roads are lined with period signage,
and the downtown architecture is historic. But
the offerings of Crosstie are anything but rustic.
Follow its brick-paved sidewalks and you’ll soon discover everything from
specialty dining to boutiques, spas and shops.
This city and Bolivar County as a
whole portrays the uniqueness of the Delta’s past, as well as the modernisms
of the Delta culture today.