1870 madison county jail
old canton cemetery
pictured is the 1907 greaves house. the greaves house is one of a number of historic post civil war homes in the canton downtown historic district. note, the greaves house is a private residence and is not open to the public.
old jail museum
the madison county historical society is located in the 1870 madison county jail. today there is a small museum at the jail and a old settlers cabin on the grounds. the old madison county jail is listed on the national register of historic places.
pictured is the 1852 mosby house. for those interested in antebellum architecture canton has a number of architecturally significant antebellum homes in the downtown historic district. note, the mosby house is a private residence and is not open to the public.
located across the street from the old jail is the old canton cemetery. many confederate solders are buried here from battle sites around central mississippi.
canton has a very vibrant downtown historic district. downtown canton hosts a number of good restaurants and shops. the canton downtown historic district is listed on the national register of historic places.
madison county courthouse
the madison county courthouse was built in 1857 in the late victorian style. the madison county couthouse is only one of seven county courhouses in the state of mississippi that predate the civil war. the madison county courthouse is listed on the national register of...
There are a number of old agricultural factories along the freight rail spur line that comes just south of the plaza area. The old farmers coop building is overgrown with vines. I got lost wandering through this area when trying to find Cristina's Back Porch.
Train Depot and Museum
At one time, Canton was a major stop on the passenger train line running between Chicago and New Orleans. Now, the passenger train service is rendered unimportant by the interstate highway, and Amtrak train service takes another route. But, the train depot is national...
Ghost Houses in Canton
The residential neighborhoods immediately around the courthouse square include a few homes that have been abandoned. Among these are architectural gems that would have long ago been either bulldozed or restored if placed in my native state of California. Vines growing on...
Commercial Buildings Beyond the Wrought Iron Fence
Beyond the lawn and beautiful wrought iron fence of the courthouse, there are four sides of venerable commercial buildings, mostly built during the late 19th century. Most of these have been fully restored now, and in fact the entire center of town is a registered historic...
Madison County Courthouse
Reportedly one of seven pre-civil war courthouses remaining, the Madison County Courthouse in Canton is the only one not greatly altered. Actually, Canton was the 4th county seat of Madison county, and the purchase of the property and courthouse construction was a...
Best Western Canton Inn
1 Review and 35 Opinions When we checked in, we were looking for a room on the 2nd floor where we could get a good night's...
Cristine's Back Porch: Great Soul Food at a Great Price
Soul food is the type of cooking referred to as "home cooking" in this part of the USA, but the ingredients harken back to the antebellum south when African and American-Indian crops were farmed by slaves. Crops normally fed to cattle and cuts of meat normally discarded became legendary ingredients in the slave family diet. Cristine's Back Porch is a refinement of this soul food tradition. Cristine purchased an old home and had it moved a few blocks to an ideal location near the old train depot. Actually, the house turned restaurant retains the feel of a home, as Cristine keeps pots and business papers out in view, while keeping large bouquets of flowers here and there appear to be one of Cristine's favorite hobbies. While some dining does occur one of two outside house porches, I arrived just before closing and was ushered into one of two nicely decorated dining rooms. Cristine took my order, but basically the menu was limited to her choice of meats and dishes created that day. Naturally, her choice of pork loin was an easy yes, as were the usual black eyed peas. I was pleasantly surprised by the plump grained brown rice and gravy. The salad was rather ordinary American style, but the honey mustard dressing was certainly original to Cristine's kitchen. Unfortunately, Christine was out of bread pudding, so I settled for a piece of chocolate cake. Given the price, this place can't be missed when one is in town.
Updated Nov 1, 2008
Address: 123 Depot Drive, Canton, MS
Phone: (601) 855-2484
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