Places

McClain Resort

Buddy and Joni McClain are the proprietors of McClain Lodge, General Store & Restaurants. Buddy has owned and operated multiple restaurants for over 40 years, and Joni has provided impeccable event planning for over 25 years. Each embodies the hospitality made famous in our state. Together, they stop at nothing to bring every guest an unrivaled experience. What is now a natural haven of nearly 2,000 acres began when Buddy and Joni got married in

De Kalb Regional Model Railroad Museum

De Kalb is a town in and the county seat of Kemper County, Mississippi. De Kalb is named after General Johann de Kalb, a Franconian-French military officer who served as a major general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. De Kalb is located in central Kemper County

Landrum’s Homestead & Village

On a recent day trip to Laurel, MS, my wife and I decided to stop and take the walking tour through something called Landrum’s Homestead & Village and we were certainly glad we did. After paying the small admission fee, we walked through a set of double glass doors and stepped back into time. The first sight we saw was a beautifully constructed fountain and the sound of gurgling water which was only a prelude

Sciple’s Mill

Stretched over Running Tiger Creek in DeKalb, MS is a vision of the past with a reality in the present. Since 1790, Sciple’s Mill has been grinding corn and producing corn meal and grits for customers. The process hasn’t changed since the beginning and customers love the results. If you’ve

Film Natchez

Natchez has a storied past in the film industry with films such as Show Boat, Huckleberry Finn, and Freedom Road calling Natchez home. In recent years, director Tate Taylor has brought several films to Natchez, including Get On Up, Ma, and most recently Breaking News in Yuba County. Fitting with

The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience

The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX) is Mississippi’s best opportunity to showcase Mississippi’s worldwide legacy in every area of the arts, to honor Mississippi’s legends in arts and entertainment and to inspire tomorrow’s artists through exhibitions, performances, classes, and events. After 17 years of development from an idea to a reality, The Max opened in downtown Meridian, MS in the summer of 2018 with fanfare and high expectations. The Max will blend a

Sherman’s Restaurant – Greenville, MS

In Mississippi, when you tell someone you are heading to Greenville, everyone will tell you to eat at Doe’s Eat Place which may or may not be the greatest steak ever (the debate will rage on forever I guess). However, when my wife and I recently took a road trip

Windsor Ruins – Port Gibson, Mississippi

I have a memory of being taken as a child to see the Windsor Ruins and I remember standing in the midst of the columns and wondering what the house looked like before it was destroyed. I also remembering being told that the fire that burned down the house was

Old Spanish Fort, Pascagoula, Mississippi

If you search the Internet for “Facts About Mississippi,” you’ll find many pages that offer lists of interesting facts and occasionally you’ll find a random fact like this one: 1. The world’s largest shrimp is on display at the Old Spanish Fort Museum in Pascagoula. So, with that as a

The Mississippi River Basin Model

The Mississippi River Basin Model, located in the Buddy Butts Park near Clinton, Mississippi, was built as a large-scale hydraulic model of the entire Mississippi River basin and it covers an area of 200 acres. It took from 1943 to 1966 to build it and the experiment station was in operation from 1949 until 1973. The model is now overgrown, but it you can still visit the station from within the Buddy Butts Park. In

Natchez Trace Parkway

Route 66 may be “The Mother Road”, but if that is true, then the Natchez Trace is “The Great Grandmother Road.” With family living in the Natchez area and having spent most of my life in Central Mississippi, I’ve have plenty of opportunities in my life to experience the Natchez

Petrified Forest – Flora, MS

I have a memory of visiting the Petrified Forest in Flora when I was I was in elementary school, but the memory is very faint and I don’t remember much about it other than their logo which is of a Woody Woodpecker sort of bird with a bent beak after

Biloxi Lighthouse

Having traveled to the Mississippi Gulf Coast hundreds of times in my life, I’ve often driven past the Biloxi Lighthouse. With all the tall casinos and condos in the area, the lighthouse does not seem as imposing as perhaps it once was. But it is still a beloved sight to

Stennis Space Center

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, there was an old saying around the community, If you want to go to the moon, you first have to go through Hancock County, Mississippi. The site known today as NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center boasts a rich and colorful history dating

Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum

Where Coca-Cola was first bottled in 1894! The Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum features the history of one of the Nation’s beloved beverages, along with equipment of the type that Joseph Biedenharn used to bottle Coke for the first time anywhere in the world in 1894. A wide variety of original Coca-Cola

Natchez, Mississippi

This post is one I’ve been looking forward to doing since I started this website and there will probably be many more posts to come from the Natchez area going forward. My interest is personal as it was my birthplace and I have had family in this area since the late 1600’s. There are a lot of attractions in Natchez, but you need to start by learning about the place itself and Natchez is unique

Neshoba County Fair

The Neshoba County Fair, also known as Mississippi’s Giant House Party, is an annual event of agricultural, political, and social entertainment held a few miles from Philadelphia, Mississippi. The fair was first established in 1889 and is the nation’s largest campground fair. The event usually starts at the end of

Vardaman, Mississippi

I’ve always had a weird relationship with sweet potatoes. I grew up with parents who loved them baked with a little butter on them, but I never was able to cozy up to the simple baked version of the treat. However, I never met a sweet potato pie that I didn’t like and my grandma used to make an awesome sweet potato souffle with pecans and marshmallow topping. As I’ve grown older, I’ve found that

Malaco Music Group

“The Last Soul Company” started as a pocket-change enterprise in the early 1960s with college students Tommy Couch and Wolf Stephenson booking bands for fraternity dances at the University of Mississippi. After graduation, Tommy Couch opened shop in Jackson, Mississippi as Malaco Attractions with brother-in-law Mitchell Malouf (Malouf + Couch = Malaco). Wolf Stephenson joined them in promoting concerts by Herman’s Hermits, the Who, the Animals, and others. In 1967 the company opened a recording

The Natchez Trace

The Natchez Trace Parkway, named an All American Road by the federal government, extends from Natchez to just south of Nashville, Tennessee. The Trace began as an Indian trail more than 8,000 years ago.