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    Visit the Eudora Welty House

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated Apr 3, 2014
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    Looking at a AAA Guidebook on Jackson I was struck that it mentioned the Eudora Welty House as a place to see. In the 1970's I had read her book, The Optimist's Daughter, and vaguely remembered her name when my wife suggested driving by it.

    Eudora Welty was better known for her wonderful short stories, She wrote about the South and the struggles between individuals and the communities they lived in. She traveled extensively in her 92 years and included lecturing at Harvard, Oxford and many other schools.

    The beautiful Tudor Revival house, a few miles from downtown Jackson, was her home for 76 years. It is both a National Historical Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places. While we did not go inside we read that the home had been lovingly preserved in the same condition as it was in 1986 when Ms. Welty bequeathed the house to the State of Mississippi.

    We did not take the tour but in retrospect we wish we had.

    Tours of the Home are From;Tuesday – Friday
    Tours: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

    Admission
    Adults $5.00
    Students (6 – 18) $3.00
    Children (under 6 years) Free
    13th day of each month Free when the 13th occurs on the day the museum is open.

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    Drive Along the Natchez Trace Parkway

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated Apr 2, 2014
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    The Natchez Trace Parkway is an interesting drive and diversion from the urban noise of Jackson. The 444 mile parkway stretches from Natchez, Ms. to Nashville, Tn. The parkway is administered by the U.S. National Park Service. Speed on the road is limited to a maximum of 50 mph and no commercial vehicle are allowed.

    The trail itself dates back to a time when American buffalo and other game would migrate between the sweet salt and minerals of the Cumberland Plateau and the pastures in Central Mississippi. The trail was followed by American Indians as a location for hunting and movement between villages. Since the trail followed ridge and plateau tops it became popular as a means of transport where visibility was good and the threat of being ambushed was minimized The trail was later issued by European explorers and early American settlers. However with widespread use of the steamboat, development of the railroads, and other new means of transports the Natchez Trace became nearly abandoned.

    What Will You See- For us the Natchez Trace Parkway around Jackson was both a pleasant diversion from the bright lights of Jackson as well as a quick trip back to what the past may have been like in the surrounding areas. You will see large pastures, heavily wooded areas and a large reservoir (See separate tip Ross Barnettt Reservoir) among other things.

    There is no fee for entering or driving on the Natchez Trace Parkway. There are constant historical markers along the trail as well as identified locations to get out of the car and stretch your legs or hike.

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    Boyd House (Oaks House Museum)

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated Apr 1, 2014

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    Secluded on a smaller side street in downtown Jackson the Boyd House sits somewhat unconspicously from other neighboring houses. The house is the former residence of Jackson Mayor James H. Boyd, his wife Ellisa Ellis Boyd and their family.. The house Is one of the oldest homes to survive the burning of the city during the last stages of the Civil War. It has been move on to this site and functions as a museum of what life was life during the Civil War. The house has been built in a Greek Revival style. The house was originally a five room cottage that sat on four acres of land on Boyd and North Streets in Jackson. Several of the Boyd's six children were born in the house. The house was purchased by the .National Society of the Colonial Dames of America from family heirs in 1960. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has a sign providing information about it on the front lawn.

    The museum was not open when we arrived late on a weekday. The local association of Colonial Dames holds Christmas and an Artists Day annually to raise money for the preservation and upkeep of the home. When the home is open there is a short film about the history of the home.

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    Mississippi War Memorial

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    An outdoor courtyard in the War Memorial Building honors Mississippi's war veterans. The carved sarcophagus in the center is a replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, DC.

    If you're going to the Old Capitol Museum, swing by this memorial - it's next door.

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    Mississippi Museum of Art

    by Rixie Updated Nov 3, 2012

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    The Mississippi Museum of Art is a feast for the eyes - both indoors and outdoors. The main art exhibits are inside the building, and you can also walk through the beautiful art gardens outside. I especially enjoyed seeing the works of Mississippi artists and photographers that depicted their state during the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.

    The museum also houses a collection of pre-Columbian ceramics from Peru.

    Don't miss William Dunlap's panoramic mural off the lobby. Modeled after historic cycloramas, it shows the Blue Ridge region of Virginia and the Civil War battlefield at Sharpsburg, Maryland and is meant to be viewed in the round.

    The Palette Cafe is a great little place to have lunch - see my restaurant tips.

    General admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students. Closed Mondays.

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    Old Capitol Museum

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    This beautifully restored 1839 building was once the Mississippi State Capitol. Although that function has now been transferred to the New Capitol Building, the Old Capitol is now a very engaging museum.

    The exhibits are geared towards children (and adults with short attention spans!), so they are eye-catching and hands-on. There are recordings to listen to - dramatic readings and re-creations of debates - models to examine, buttons to push, charts to flip.

    This is a fun and educational spot for the whole family. Who knew that Mississippi was the first US state to give married women the right to own property? In the rest of the country in 1839, a woman's husband automatically took possession of her property upon their marriage. You go, Mississippi!

    Admission is free. Closed Mondays. No flash photography allowed.

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    Eudora's House

    by Rixie Updated Oct 27, 2012
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    If you've ever read books by American author Eudora Welty (1909-2001) or are interested in her work, I recommend setting aside a couple of hours to visit the Eudora Welty House in the treesy Belhaven neighborhood of Jackson.

    The tour begins in the visitor center next door with a short film about her life (I had no idea before that she was a photographer as well as a writer), then it winds through the two-story family home where Welty lived for most of her life, and ends in the rose garden. It's a very Southern tour - gentle voices and unhurried pace, but packed full of folksy anecdotes about Eudora, her friends and family. I enjoyed learning more about this talented, humorous woman and her life.

    Adults $5, students $3. Open Tuesday - Friday; tours at: 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Visitors must be able to walk up stairs.

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    mississippi war memorial

    by doug48 Updated Jun 23, 2011

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    mississippi war memorial

    this massive marble memorial honors the men and women of mississippi who fought in our nation's wars. this memorial was built in 1940 and has been recently renovated. in the center of the memorial are metal reliefs of some civil war battles. an interesting place to visit next to the old capitol.

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    old capitol building

    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    old capitol

    jacson has two capitols, the old and new. pictured is the old capitol that was built in 1839. this building served as mississippi's capitol untill 1903 when the new capitol was completed. this beautiful greek revival building was designed by architect william nichols. the old state capitol is now open to the public after being closed for repairs due to hurricane katrina in 2005. for more information see the attached web site.

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    eudora welty house

    by doug48 Updated Dec 25, 2010

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    eudora welty was born in jackson in 1909 and after william faulkner is considered mississippi's best novelist. in 1925 welty's parents built a tudor revival style house in the belhaven neighborhood just north of downtown. in this house she wrote her famous short stories and the pulitzer prize winning novel "the optimist's daughter". the house has an interesting collection of art, books, and period furnishings. for those interested in literature and southern culture the welty house is a must see sight in jacskon. the eudora welty house is open to the public by appointment only. for tour reservations call 601-353-7762.

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    u.s.s. mississippi monument

    by doug48 Updated May 12, 2009

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    uss mississippi figurehead

    located on the north side of the new capitol is the second u.s.s. mississippi monument. the fiqurehead of the second u.s.s. mississippi was presented to the state by the u.s. navy department in 1909. the second u.s.s. mississippi was built in 1903 and served the u.s navy until 1914. the u.s.s. mississippi was transfered to the royal hellenic navy and was renamed the lemnos. the lemnos was sunk by a german bomber in 1941.

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    womans confederate monument

    by doug48 Updated May 12, 2009

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    womens confederate monument

    located at the south entrance to the new state capitol is the womans confederate monument. this monument honors the ladies, mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters of confederate solders who fought in the civil war. this is a very unique civil war monument.

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    original first baptist church

    by doug48 Updated May 11, 2009

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    original first baptist church

    the original first baptist church was built in 1843 using slave labor. this building was home to jackson's baptist congregation until 1893. after 1893 the building served as an apartment building and the headquarters of the american life insurance company. today the original baptist church is owned by the galloway united methodist church and is used for a day care center.

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    robert e. lee hotel

    by doug48 Written May 11, 2009

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    robert e. lee hotel

    the robert e. lee hotel was built in 1928 and was one of the most luxurious hotels in jackson. the hotel was bought by the state in 1969 and was converted into an office building. soon this historic building is to be given a four million dollar renovation. a interesting landmark to check out in downtown jackson.

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    st. andrew's episcopal church

    by doug48 Updated May 11, 2009

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    st. andrew's episcopal church

    st. andrew's episcopal church is located downtown next to the lamar life building. the st. andrew's episcopal church was established in 1839 and the cathedral you see today was built in 1903. this beautiful late gothic revival building has an interesting collection of stained glass windows. for those interested in architecture and art st. andrew's is worth a stop in downtown jackson.

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