Since the people, places and events here in the Mississippi Hills have made a mighty big splash, it’s only natural that the stories ripple outward, so that just beyond our borders there’s a world of history and culture you may want to explore.
For example, once you’ve been inspired by Elvis’ Birthplace, it’s just a hop in your blue suede shoes to Memphis, home of Graceland and Beale Street, where teenage Elvis soaked up the stylings of B.B. King. There’s also Sun Studio, where Elvis first recorded, the legendary Stax Museum and the Smithsonian’s Memphis Rock N Soul Museum.
Other nearby destinations may also strike a chord—east in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where some of the biggest names in rock and roll have gone to record. Or west in the Mississippi Delta, the birthplace of the blues, where Howlin’ Wolf once found his father, and where today you’ll find great food and music everywhere, from well-funded museums to roadside juke joints.
Once you’ve stood in Faulkner’s study at Rowan Oak, add another chapter to your pilgrimage in Jackson at the home and gardens of Pulitzer Prize winner Eudora Welty. And for another high note, dig into downtown Jackson’s historic Farish Street District, where the blues clubs are jumping.
Fascinated by the history and beauty of the Natchez Trace? Follow the Parkway south to Natchez or north to Nashville. Want to explore the rich history of the Choctaw people? Go south to Philadelphia, home of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
And after you’ve toured the amazing Civil War earthworks at Corinth, put on your marching boots for the Shiloh National Military Park and the rest of the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area. Or, if you follow U.S. Grant’s trail south from Holly Springs, keep going at Grenada and take in the prize that first eluded the general: Vicksburg and the Mississippi River. Unlike Grant, you can expect to surrender immediately to the charms of this historic city.
And that’s how it is: things are always close to perfect when the Mississippi Hills are nearby.
Additional websites for surrounding communities and attractions:
B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, Indianola, MS
Buford Pusser Home and Museum, Adamsville, TN
Delta Blues Museum, Clarksdale, MS
Ivy Green — Birthplace of Helen Keller, Tuscumbia, AL
Shack Up Inn, Clarksdale, MS
Yazoo County and Yazoo City, MS