Browsing: History

Learn about Mississippi’s rich history and the people who lived it.

The old saying “if these walls could talk” certainly applies to this beautiful home that has seen love, loss, and tragedy, and burned to the ground and been rebuilt again, not to mention it is built on top of a ceremonial Indian mound. It’s no wonder it is also said to be a hot spot for paranormal activity.

“If all of history’s musicians formed a band, Mississippi bluesmen would play lead guitar.” It’s no secret that the Magnolia State is filled with talent, but it seems to have more than its fair share of musical genius. 

To see some of the amazing talents that have hailed from Mississippi and from around the country, you’ve got to visit America at the Crossroads: The Guitar and a Changing Nation, presented by the National GUITAR Museum at the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (The MAX) in historic downtown Meridian. 

Today is February 29 and it’s Leap Day. As you know, this day comes around about every four years (more on this later). It’s been associated with a variety of ancient customs, folklore, superstitions and traditions. But other than having an extra day to your year, how much do you know about Leap Day and Leap Year?  Here are some facts about this day.

There’s no doubt that Mississippi is full of incredible gems, beautiful stories, and a rich history. One of the lesser talked about gems in our state is the Rosalie Mansion. 

When Dixie Wilkerson found a hand-hewn wooden shingle labeled “George County Library”, she knew the rumor must have some truth to it.
Mrs. Wilkerson and her husband, Bill, live in a circa 1914 house whose study is lined with floor to ceiling bookshelves. Descendents of the home’s original owner claim the shelves once stored books that were loaned to the public making it possibly the county’s first library of sorts.

With backgrounds in Christian and ancient Roman traditions, the history of Valentine’s Day—its origins and tradition—is often shrouded in mystery. Just exactly who was St. Valentine, the patron saint who is acknowledged for bringing about this special day of love to the month of February

Off the beaten path, you’ll find Doe’s Eat Place in The Mississippi Delta. This award-winning bucket list destination attracts locals, foodies, out-of-towners, U.S. Presidents, and movie stars alike! Known for its out-of-this-world steaks and famous tamales, the family-owned restaurant has been at the heart of the Delta for nearly a century.

 A multitude of ferries operated in the 19th and 20th centuries on the rivers and creeks throughout George and Jackson counties. The ferry history intertwines with the two counties because during a large portion of the years of ferry operations, George County was still part of Jackson County.

The much-anticipated Lucedale-George County History Museum is here. Yay!

A grand opening ceremony will take place in the George County Courthouse courtroom at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 7. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. The museum is located on the first floor of the courthouse at the foot of the stairs leading to the courtroom.

How did Mardi Gras came to the Mississippi Gulf Coast? While New Orleans and Mobile seem to garner more attention than our Mississippi Gulf Coast Carnival season, it deserves its rightful place of distinction.

Nestled in the storied hills of Oxford, Mississippi, sits one of Mississippi’s most intriguing homes, Rowan Oak. The antebellum-style home was built in 1844 by Irish immigrant Colonel Robert Sheegog and is most popularly known as the longtime residence of Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner.