History & Culture
It’s impossible to imagine America without the rolling hills of Mississippi. The rich Native American story began and is sustained throughout the region in numerous sacred burial mounds. Monumental battles of the Civil War and brutal moments of the civil rights struggle are both etched in the Hills, reminding us that the change has been for the better.
Powerful Southern literature and vibrant music that has touched and inspired millions originated from brilliant icons who at one time, lived in the Mississippi Hills. From the birthplace of Elvis Presley to the boyhood home of Pulitzer-winning playwright Tennessee Williams, these Hills hosts numerous iconic places of Mississippi literature. William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak stands in Oxford as the beloved refuge of this Nobel Prize-winning novelist, where his scrawled notes for A Fable still adorn the office wall.
A Mississippi Hills adventure includes the world’s greatest blues artists on the Mississippi Blues Trail. Travel back to remember the significant roles the Hills region played in the Civil War at several preserved battle sites, museums and interpretive centers. Tread the trying, but rewarding, footsteps of civil right giants, and experience the precarious lives of the region’s first hunter-gatherers.
Outdoor wanders abound the 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway, the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway and the Tanglefoot Hiking and Biking Trail in New Albany. Indulge in the magnificent historic homes and architecture in Columbus, Holly Springs and Aberdeen.
We invite you, get lost in these Hills. You never know what you might find!