Thursday, September 15, 2011
Free is good and it’s even better in the ‘true’ South
Some say the best things in life are free, and in Mississippi, there are plenty of things to see and do for free.
Here is Holly Springs, in addition to the Roy Wilkins Collection, many may not know of the impressive collection of art and artifacts from all over the world found in the library of Rust College. Staff members have placed on display masks, clothing, statues and photos that leave visitors stunned. If the collection in, what they call, “The International Room” doesn’t impress you then venture across the street to the Beckley Center to view a second room filled with artifacts. Best of all, all are completely free to view!
If you are looking for a trip outside of Holly Springs check out a few of these attractions.
NASA’s StenniSphere, near Bay St. Louis
StenniSphere is Stennis Space Center’s award-winning visitors’ center offering exciting new exhibits and stage shows. Here you can learn more about testing a space shuttle engine or landing the shuttle or even discovering your way around the International Space Station.
Civil War Interpretive Center, Corinth
Located at the site of Battery Robinett, a Union fort that fell to a Confederate attack during the Battle of Corinth, the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center is one of the finest Civil War entitled ‘Stream of History” with water and stone tracing the flow of time from the founding of the U.S. through the end of the Civil War.
Children’s Art Park, Splash Fountain and Riverfront Murals, Vicksburg
On Levee Street, the Vicksburg Riverfront Murals site includes 32 hand-painted murals, most measuring 14 by 24 feet in size. The murals display various events, people and commerce that played a role in establishing Vicksburg’s history and significance as a port on the Mississippi River.
Murals are based on historical photographs that were provided by local residents of the town. In addition to the murals, there is a children’s art park, splash fountain and playground across the street, so this is a lively area of fun and opportunities for learning about the past.
Ruins of Windsor Near Port Gibson
One of the most interesting places to take photographs in Mississippi is located just outside of Port Gibson at the Ruins of Windsor. Twenty-three of the 45-foot columns of this mansion are all that remain of this mansion that was completed in 1861 and the subsequent fire that destroyed it. The tall columns provide a stunning view into the past of the size and scope of this structure constructed 150 years ago. Both Union and Confederate troops used the home during the Civil War, and while the home survived during that time, Windsor met its demise from a careless smoking accident in 1890.
Historic Downtown Walking Tour, Greenwood
Explore the 34 stops of downtown Greenwood on a walking tour that will give you firsthand exploration of this unique Delta city. Walk across the river on Keesler Bridge on Fulton Street, see several churches, the Viking Range Corporation’s International Training Center and many other sites of commerce and historical significance. You might even catch a glimpse of locations used in the major motion picture, “The Help,” which was filmed in and around Greenwood.
Shearwater Pottery Ocean Springs
Founded in 1928 by Peter Anderson, Shearwater Pottery has produced art pottery, utilitarian ware, figurines, decorative tiles and other pottery pieces. Crafted using two distinct clay bodies the cast pieces are hand-painted or originally decorated. Visit the Shearwater Pottery Showroom which is the only retail outlet for Shearwater’s Pottery.
Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel
Opened in 1923 as a memorial to Lauren Eastman Rogers, the museum is a Georgia Revival structure with additions made in 1925 and 1983, which now encompasses 22,000 square feet. Collections on display at the museum include European Art, American Art, Native American Art, Japanese Woodblock Prints, British Georgian Silver and others.
Rowan Oak, Oxford
Home to Pulitzer prize-winning author William Faulkner for more than 40 years, Rowan Oak was originally built in 1844 and includes 29 acres of land just south of downtown Oxford.
The home and the surrounding grounds are interesting and scenic any time of the year, including an alley of cedar trees lining the main driveway.
In the home, see where Faulkner sketched an outline on the walls of a room for his book, A Fable.
For information on things to do in Holly Springs contact the Holly Springs Tourism and Recreation Bureau by calling 662-252-2515, dropping by our office at 148 East College Avenue or by visiting us online at visithollysprings.com.
For information on activities throughout the state, please go to visitmississippi.org.
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