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Elvis Presley Birthplace, Tupelo

Elvis Presley BirthplaceThe most significant landmark of Tupelo's history is a modest, two-room house where Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935. An official Mississippi landmark, the Elvis Presley Birthplace is part of the 15-acre Elvis Presley Park that also includes a museum, chapel, story wall, fountain, and a statue of Elvis depicted at 13 years. The birthplace is quite a tribute to the humble beginnings that influenced Elvis throughout his career. Tennessee Williams Home & State Welcome Center

Tennessee Williams Home & State Welcome Center
The Tennessee Williams Welcome Center is the first home of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Tennessee Williams. Tennessee Williams made history with well-known plays such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie. Tennessee Williams was born in Columbus, Mississippi in 1911 and spent his beginning years in this Victorian home that was the rectory for St. Paul's Episcopal Church, where his grandfather, Reverend Walker Dakin, served. In 1993, the home was restored and just three months after opening, Tennessee Williams was honored with a U.S. postage stamp and a public ceremony was held there. The home was also recently honored with the designation of a National Literary Landmark and it now serves as the official Welcome Center for Columbus.

Rowan Oak, Oxford

Rowan OakBuilt by Robert Sheegog in 1844, Rowan Oak became home to Nobel-Prize-winning author William Faulkner in 1930. Faulkner christened the house "Rowan Oak" after the legend of the Rowan tree, believed by Celtic people to harbor magic powers of safety and protection. While residing there with his family, he wrote such masterpieces as As I Lay Dying, Absalom, Absalom!, Light in August and A Fable. Rowan Oak remained home to Faulkner until his death in 1962. The house is owned by the University of Mississippi and open to the public for tours. Oxford's Historic Downtown Square

Oxford's Historic Downtown SquareSince Oxford was incorporated in 1837, the square has remained the cultural and economic hub of the city.  The square is home to a variety of shops and elegant boutiques including the south's oldest department store.  Around the bend you will find one of the nation's most renowned independent bookstores and an art gallery featuring a variety of art forms and monthly showings.  Extraordinary cuisine is also abundant around the Historic Downtown Square.  From down-home southern cooking to elegant haute cuisine, there is something to satisfy everyone's appetite.  The epicenter of Oxford's nightlife is the Square. Civil War Interpretive Center & Corinth Contraband Camp, Corinth

Civil War Interpretive Center & Corinth Contraband Camp
For six months in 1862, Corinth, a critical railroad junction second only to Richmond in military importance, captured the full attention of a divided nation. Today, one of the National Park Service's newest visitor centers interprets the key role of Corinth, Mississippi in the Civil War's Western Theater. The 12,000 square foot state-of-the-art Interpretive Center's contemporary design incorporates earth berming, which mimics the area's many earthwork features. Over 5,000 square feet of interior exhibits explain several key themes: the causes and coming of the Civil War; early use of railroads for military purposes; development of offensive earthworks as a prototype for modern warfare; key military events in northern Mississippi and southwest Tennessee; and the war's impact on civilians. The story of the model Corinth Contraband Camp, an important first step to freedom for many self-emancipated and liberated African Americans held as slaves, is also be highlighted. These exhibits utilize a variety of media including interactive devices, audio/visual programs, full-scale models and statuary. A large open courtyard behind the Center uses a water feature to chronicle the American story from the Declaration of Independence and Constitution through westward expansion to secession, war and reunion.

In 1862, a contraband camp was built at Corinth to house escaped slaves seeking refuge with the Union Army. The 600-acre camp had a successful working farm, church, commissary, hospital, school and housing area. As many as 6000 former slaves resided in what was considered a "model camp." The 1st Alabama Infantry Regiment of African Descent was recruited from the camp for service in the Union Army. The present site is comprised of 21-acres with pedestrian promanade. Natchez Trace Parkway & Visitors Center, Tupelo

Natchez Trace Parkway and Visitors Center
The historic 444-mile highway linking Natchez with Nashville began as a trail traveled by Indians and wild animals about 8,000 years ago. Today, the Natchez Trace is a scenic byway and one of the nation's most unique national parks. Open year-round for motorists, hikers and cyclists, it provides visitors the opportunity for an unhurried trip through time. The Parkway is headquartered in Tupelo at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitors Center which boasts a fully-interactive interpretive display, travel information and an orientation program for travelers.

Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway

Tenn-Tom Waterway
The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway is a connecting link between established water transportation routes that serve shippers and producers in the South and the Midwest as well as deep-water ports along the eastern Gulf of Mexico. This unique feature has already benefited commercial interests in 18 states since it opened for business in 1985. The Tenn-Tom Waterway was built with shipping in mind. It has a tremendous impact on how industries are able to move their products and take in raw materials. In that regard, not only has it been of benefit to pre-existing businesses, but it has served as a major impetus for new industry to locate in close proximity. As the waterway was constructed, it was done so keeping environmental issues at the fore. A wildlife mitigation program has enabled conservationists to study and promote sound practices for protecting our natural environment. Another benefit has been the added recreational opportunities. The waterway provides many options for water skiing, boating, hunting, birding, fishing, camping and more. Walter Place Estate, Cottages and Gardens, Holly Springs

walterplace
Constructed in 1859, Walter Place was the last of the great southern mansions built before the Civil War. Serving as a home to General U.S. Grant's wife and son during the Civil War and being transformed into a hospital during the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878 are just a couple of the historic highlights of this antebellum home. The current owners have completely restored the grand mansion and cottages, and have embarked upon the journey to add a 15-acre botanical garden. The home is open year round for tours. Brice's Crossroads National Battlefield

Brice's Crossroads National Battlefield
In the Battle of Brice's Crossroads, the Confederate Calvary under the command of General Nathan Bedford Forrest defeated Union troops and forced their withdrawal to Memphis. This was considered a major tactical victory for the Confederacy considering that Forrest's men routed the Union troops while being outnumbered more than two to one. Today, the battlefield site is commemorated with a monument, two cannons, 95 Confederate soldier gravesites, trails and the Brice's Crossroads Visitors and Interpretive Center. A video program and a memorial of flags highlight the sacrifice of soldiers from many states both North and South. Lyceum — University of Mississippi, Oxford

Lyceum
Designed in the Ionic Greek Revival style famous for its fluted columns, the oldest building at the University of Mississippi housed most of the classrooms and faculty offices in 1848. Today the Lyceum is the principal administrative center. Its history includes being used as a hospital during the Civil War for both Union and Confederate soldiers and being the site of rioting during the desegregation crisis in 1962 centered on the admission of James Meredith. In October 2006, a Civil Rights Monument, including a statue of Meredith, was dedicated in a grassy area between the Lyceum and the J.D.Williams Library.

 

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