Mississippi Historic Sites

Mississippi Historic Sites

Experience living history in your ancestors' homeland.

? Beauvoir: Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library
2244 Beach Blvd. Biloxi, MS 39531 (228) 388-4400 <www.beauvoir.org>

The last residence of the Confederate president, this stately 1852 home suffered heavy damage in Hurricane Katrina. The home has reopened; the library is under construction.

? The Delta Blues Museum
1 Blues Alley Clarksdale, MS 38614 (662) 627-6820 <www.deltabluesmuseum.org>

Explore the heritage of this genre born in the Mississippi Delta. Exhibits include part of Muddy Waters’ home and the guitars of legends such as B.B. King; you also can see performances.

? Elvis Presley Birthplace 306 Elvis Presley Drive Tupelo, MS 38801 (662) 841-1245 <www.elvispresleybirthplace.com>

Elvis may have left the building, but you still can trace his footsteps through the house where he was born and the park he frequented as a boy. Round out your tour at the museum.

? Forks of the Road Slave Market Site
St. Catherine Street and Liberty Road Natchez, MS 39120 (601) 446-6345 <www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=4753>

The Natchez slave market was the second busiest in the South. It became a refuge for emancipated people after Union troops captured the city in 1863. No remnants of the market remain.

? Grand Gulf Military Park
12006 Grand Gulf Rd. Port Gibson, MS 39150 (601) 437-5911 <www.grandgulfpark.state.ms.us>

This historic town and Civil War battlefield site includes a museum, original buildings, a cemetery and observation tower with views of the Mississippi River.

? Grand Village of the Natchez Indians
400 Jefferson Davis Blvd. Natchez, MS 39120 (601) 446-6502 <www.mdah.state.ms.us/hprop/gvni.html>

The Grand Village was the home and ceremonial center of the Natchez Indians. The 128-acre site features a museum, replica of an Indian dwelling, ceremonial mounds and a nature trail.

? Natchez Trace Parkway
2680 Natchez Trace Parkway Tupelo, MS 38804 (800) 305-7417 <www.scenictrace.com>

This 444-mile parkway follows a pioneer road from Nashville, Tenn., to Natchez. Pause along the way to walk old trail ruts and see sites such as the Old Capitol Museum <www.mdah.state.ms.us/museum/oldcap> in Jackson and Bynum Mounds <nps.gov/nr/travel/mounds/byn.htm> near Tupelo.

? Vicksburg National Military Park
3201 Clay St. Vicksburg, MS 39183 (601) 636-0583 <nps.gov/vick>

After an intense engagement here, the July 4, 1863, fall of Vicksburg helped give the Union control of the Mississippi River. Take a 16-mile driving tour of the battlefield, stopping at hundreds of monuments and historic markers, the National Military Cemetery and a restored Union gunboat.

Visitor Information

? Mississippi Development Authority
Division of Tourism Development Box 849 Jackson, MS 39205 (866) 733-6477 <www.visitmississippi.org>
 From the November 2008 Family Tree Magazine

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