A Southern Mississippi road trip takes me through Hattiesburg, Natchez, Vicksburg, and Jackson, with a few surprise backroad encounters along the way!
A Mississippi road trip has been on my bucket list for eons, and not long ago my wish became a reality. When I learned that a drive from my home in Central Florida to Hattiesburg was inevitable, I reached out to my friends at Visit Vicksburg and Visit Mississippi, who in turn contacted their friends at Visit Natchez and Visit Jackson, and together they designed a perfect week-long itinerary of Civil War and Civil Rights historical sites through the Central and Southern regions of the state. As their guest, I enjoyed some of the best experiences Mississippi has to offer!
In this round-up of my 6-part Southern Mississippi Road Trip series, I have organized all of the articles sequentially so that readers may follow my experiences in the order in which they occurred.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Hattiesburg
The first leg of my journey took me from Central Florida to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and more importantly to the University of Southern Mississippi where I delivered my books and author papers to the archive of the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection. This experience was a defining moment in the transition from my first chapter as a public school teacher to my second chapter as a travel writer.
Part 2: Natchez
Leaving Hattiesburg, I headed west to Natchez where I would tour four antebellum homes and encounter the cultural side of this historical city situated on a bluff overlooking the Mighty Mississippi.
Part 3: Mississippi Backroads
The route between Natchez and Vicksburg would take me along a section of the Natchez Trace Parkway and ultimately on some of Mississippi’s most remote backroads to explore a ghost town, walk among ancient ruins, and eat the world’s best fried chicken.
Part 4: Vicksburg
Arriving in Vicksburg, I checked in at a historical B&B, visited two museums, ate more fried chicken, and toured Mississippi’s most haunted house.
Part 5: Vicksburg NMP
But the highlight of my time in Vicksburg was a guided tour of the National Military Park where we drove the Union and Confederate lines, experienced the USS Cairo Gunboat & Museum, and visited the National Cemetery.
Part 6: Jackson
The final destination on my itinerary was Jackson, where I sampled highlights of the city’s historical and literary driving tours, including visits to the homes of southern writer Eudora Welty and slain Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers.
A supplement to our Southern Mississippi Road Trip series is a magnificent photoessay by Mississippi photographer Ashleigh Coleman that explores the ghost town of Rodney and its haunting history.
Let there be no doubt . . . I LOVE Mississippi! Its rich history and culture intrigue me to this day, and I cannot wait to return and explore even more of this amazing state!
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