Mississippi

    Stained Glass Manor of Vicksburg, Mississippi: Stay a Night or Take a Tour

    5/08/17 •

    Civil war buffs who visit Vicksburg, Mississippi shouldn’t miss Stained Glass Manor, a bed-and-breakfast that offers public tours. Our guide, owner Bill Smollen, regaled us with tales of local history. He told us the home was built by a descendant of town founder Burwell Vick. Designed in 1902 by George Washington Maher — who taught…

    Mississippi Petrified Forest: A National Natural Landmark

    12/04/13 •

    A short drive north of Jackson, Mississippi brings you to an unusual attraction: the Mississippi Petrified Forest, the only one of its kind east of the Mississippi River. This National Natural Landmark brings millions of years of history to light as you examine the giant petrified log sections exposed by wind and rain erosion. Once…

    Tupelo, Mississippi: Elvis Presley's Birthplace

    10/05/12 •

    Most people have heard of Graceland, Elvis Presley’s grandiose mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. But “The King” got his start in a much more modest dwelling some 100 miles to the southeast in Tupelo, Mississippi. Elvis was born on Jan. 8, 1935 in a humble two-room home his father, Vernon, built for only $180, just east…

    The Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi (1)

    1/27/15 •

    In the Mississippi Delta region, my husband and I discovered the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale. Housed in a renovated 1918 railroad depot, the museum showcases the culture and people that shaped this original American music. As we studied photos, instruments and other artifacts, we heard recordings by blues greats like Muddy Waters, John Lee…

    Immerse Yourself in Civil War History in Vicksburg, Mississippi

    12/26/12 •

    As part of our quest to visit all 50 states, my husband and I went to Vicksburg, Mississippi last November. We came away pleasantly surprised at the number of historic Civil War sites there. We visited Vicksburg National Military Park on Veterans Day weekend. It was a moving experience to drive the park’s 16-mile touring…