Directory Category: Music and Literature

University of Mississippi Museum

The University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses complex serves as a cultural center for the university community and beyond. Among its holdings are Southern folk art, Greek and Roman antiquities, 19th century scientific instruments and American fine art. 

Tupelo Hardware Company

This is one of 12 significant sites in Elvis’ formative years in Tupelo marked with bronze plaques on the Elvis Presley Driving Trail. Tupelo Hardware undoubtedly played a major role in the life of Elvis Presley. The hardware store was where Gladys, Elvis’ mother, purchased his first guitar and put music in the hands of…

Union County Heritage Museum

Exhibits in “Frenchman’s Bend”, an outdoor exhibit area, give the visitor interactive experiences and a feel for Mississippi’s rural culture with the Faulkner Literary Garden, the Storyteller’s Chair, Varner’s Country Store, a caboose, an early 20th century doctor’s office, a black smith shop, a 1950s auto body shop,  agricultural exhibits and great outdoor  folk art….

Tippah County Historical Museum

The museum is full of historical data about the county, its past and the many noted figures and events that helped shape its storied past and mold its future.

Marshall County Historical Museum

Like many sites concerned with Southern history, the museum devotes the first few exhibitions of its tour to artifacts from the Civil War era. As guests proceed to the upper floors, however, the true quirkiness of the place begins to come into focus. In one room, they find a collection of taxidermy animals indigenous to…

Templeton Ragtime Music Museum

The museum showcases a collection of musical instruments, recordings and sheet music amassed over four decades and donated to MSU in 1987 by Starkville businessman Charles H. Templeton, Sr. The mission of the museum is to tell a story about the “business of music,” the moods music generates and the influence of music on today’s…

William Faulkner’s “Rowan Oak Papers”

Located in the heart of Ole Miss, the John Davis Williams Library is known for its literary collections, the crown jewel of which is William Faulkner’s “Rowan Oak Papers”.  Discovered in a broom closet at Faulkner’s home, this collection is one of the greatest finds of modern literary manuscripts. They contain several thousand sheets of…

Bailey’s Woods/Rowan Oak Hiking Trail

A National Recreation Trail, Bailey’s Woods Trail links Rowan Oak, William Faulkner’s historic home, to the University Museum. Stretching approximately 3,000 feet, the trail takes about 20 minutes to walk, and bikes are not permitted on the trail. Bailey’s Woods is a heavily wooded area that William Faulkner was known to walk through. The trail was…

Tanglefoot Trail

Mississippi’s longest rails-to-trails conversion meanders 44 miles through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, passing through fields, forests, meadows and wetlands, travelling along the path of the Chickasaws, Meriwether Lewis and the railroad built by Col. William C. Falkner, great-grandfather of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner.

St. Peter’s Cemetery

A few blocks northeast of the Square, the old Oxford Cemetery is nestled in the rolling hills of a quiet neighborhood. Saint Peter’s is the final resting place for novelist William Faulkner as well as many of Oxford’s most prominent citizens. L.Q.C. Lamar, a former U.S. Congressman, Secretary of the Interior under President Cleveland and…