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Corinth DepotThe choices stretch before you, endless and exciting:  To see the birthplace where Elvis made his entrance to the world stage ... To walk among the nation’s largest remaining Civil War earthworks from the largest siege in the Western Hemisphere, at the Crossroads of the Confederacy ... To stand where James Meredith stood, surrounded by National Guardsmen, about to walk through the doorway of history ... To be inside the study where William Faulkner composed his masterpieces, where the walls bear his handwritten outline for one of those masterpieces ... To dive into Grenada Lake or the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway ... To immerse yourself in beauty and history at any one of the dozens of magnificent antebellum mansions.

There’s so much to see and do in the Mississippi Hills. Faulkner once said he could spend a lifetime writing about it — you could spend a lifetime exploring it. And it all starts now, with a simple click.

Burns-Belfry Museum & Multicultural Center

The legacy of recently emancipated African Americans stands proudly today in tribute to their determination to build their own church. Their frame Methodist Episcopal Church built in 1867 near the Oxford Square was replaced in 1910 with a twin-steepled brick church. Following the building’s restoration in 2013, the Mississippi Landmark now serves the community as a history museum and an events center. Professionally designed exhibits review African American life from Enslavement through Civil Rights. A video and accompanying panels tell the Burns Church story. Local African Americans are featured throughout the museum. It’s an easy walk to the Burns-Belfry Museum from the historic Oxford Square.

710 Jackson Ave. East
Oxford, MS 38655
Phone: 662.281.9963 during museum hours
Hours: Sun 1-4 p.m., Wed-Fri noon-3 p.m.
Group visits can be scheduled most days with advance notice.
Admission: Free
Restored B-B at night side view Exhibits in sunlight
 

Hernando DeSoto River Park

Situated on the banks of the river just north of Lake Cormorant. It is DeSoto County’s only access to the Mississippi River.
www.desotogreenways.org
662.489-9708
 

DeSoto County Visitors Center

Need to know where to stay, what to eat or need directions to one of our many attractions? Stop by the Visitors Center for information on the latest happenings in DeSoto County.
Located at I-55 and Church Road, 4716 Pepperchase Drive
(662) 393-8770
Open M-F 8am-5pm, Sat 8am-4pm
www.sodesoto.com
 

Painted Pigeon Gallery & Gifts

Located in Old Towne, The Painted Pigeon Gallery sells art by local artists at reasonable prices, including paintings, handmade decoration, photography, and many more items. Thursday evenings from 5pm-8pm, free wine and cheese mixer featuring local artists.

Open Thurs 11am-4pm, Fri-Sat 11am-4pm
9144 Pigon Roost Road
(901) 517-2396
www.obarts.com

 

Blocker Cemetery

Milton Blocker was among the first settlers to move into the Indian lands that became DeSoto County. He donated land for Blocker Cemetery, established in 1847, as well as land for the sites of the Olive Branch Methodist Church and Olive Branch Baptist Church.

www.obms.us
(662) 892-9238

 
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