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Jackson, Mississippi is a surprising capital city. While it may not be polished, swanky and glamorous, the city does have a number of unique offerings along with its historic sites and many museums. It is also the largest city in Mississippi though most development has been concentrated in its plush suburbs rather than the downtown area.

The Mississippi Museum of Art is one of the biggest attractions in the city. The museum has an extensive collection of the region's art. The Agriculture and Forestry Museum in the city is rustic and spread over several different buildings designed to look like a small town, including a general store and blacksmith's shop.

The Old Capitol is perhaps the most important historic building in the state and has been recently restored back to its former glory. The Smith Robertson Museum in Jackson is the location of the first public school in the state for African American children. The Museum of Natural Science is an excellent attraction with hiking trails, aquariums and exhibits.

The Eudora Welty House is the home of the home of the Pulitzer Prize winner and a beautiful home in the Tudor Revival style with a lovely garden. The Jackson Zoo has attracted a large number of people from across the country for over 90 years. The Fondren District is a quaint neighbourhood and a good place to find good quality restaurants, antiques and many shopping avenues.


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1. Old Capitol Museum
100 S. State Street
www.mdah.state.ms.us/museum
What is it? Originally called State House, the Old Capitol building has filled three purposes in its long history. From 1839 to 1903 it served as the state capitol, between 1917 and 1959 it housed government offices, and from 1961 to the present it has become an award-winning museum enshrining Mississippi's history. The exhibits are arranged in several categories, the highlight being 'Mississippi 1500 to 1800' which depicts the era when Americans, Europeans and Africans first encountered each other in the state, drastically altering the lives and society of the Native Americans who lived here. Full-scale dioramas illustrate the importance of cotton in the state's development, and interactive audio-visual experiences explain the profound effects of the Civil War on Mississippi. *Note: due to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina the Old Capitol Museum has been closed until further notice.* Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm; Saturday 9.30am to 4.30pm; Sunday 12.30pm to 4.30pm Phone:(601) 576 6920

 

 

2. The Governor's Mansion
300 East Capitol Street
www.mdah.state.ms.us/museum/mansion.html
What is it? The Mississippi Governor's Mansion in downtown Jackson is the second oldest continuously occupied governor's residence in the United States. It was first occupied in 1842 by Governor Tilghman Tucker and his family, having just been built in the Greek Revival style, the most popular style of the period. Today architectural historians consider the mansion one of the best surviving examples of this style in the country, and in 1975 the building was designated a National Historic Landmark. The historic section of the mansion, furnished in period Empire style, is open to the public. Hours of Operation: Guided tours every half-hour between 9.30am and 11am, Tuesday to Friday. The mansion may be closed on occasion for official state functions and is closed during the last two weeks of December. The mansion grounds are closed to the public Phone:(601) 359 6421

 

 

3. Manship House Museum
420 East Fortification Street
www.mdah.state.ms.us/museum/manship.html
What is it? The home of Charles Henry Manship, Civil War mayor of Jackson, and his large family has been restored as a museum depicting life in Mississippi in the mid-19th century. The house was built in Gothic Revival cottage style in 1857, and was unpretentious compared to the mansions for which the south is so famous. Today the house still stands in its original setting of trees and shrubs, painted in its original olive and cream colour with an authentic shingled roof. Manship was a decorative painter and craftsman and much of the interior features his handiwork, all restored or reproduced. The rooms have been furnished with some original objects. Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Friday 9am to 4pm; Saturday 10am to 4pm Phone:(601) 961 4724

 

 


Jackson holidays - Top Events

 

1. Dixie National Rodeo and Livestock Show

From 2007-01-18

To 2007-02-18
 

What is it? A month of festivities, in this, one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the United States, sees agriculture enthusiasts and the general public partaking in a number of events including the famous rodeo and horse and cattle expos. The actual rodeo takes place from 8-14 February 2007. Where is it? Mississippi Coliseum and Fairgrounds, High Street

 

 

2. Mal's St. Paddy's Parade and Festival

From 2007-03-17

To 2007-03-17
 

What is it? Back in the 1970s Malcolm White, an Irish Jackson resident and publican, decided the city could do with a St Patrick's Day celebration. So was born a parade tradition that has grown in popularity, size and status to become one of the city's most eagerly awaited annual events, drawing visitors from near and far. The parade winds its way down Capitol Street, focussing on the 'Sweet Potato Queens' and encouraging plenty of dancing in the streets. Most pubs and restaurants in the vicinity add to the festivities with special promotions. Where is it? Downtown Jackson

 

 

3. Southern Farm Bureau Golf Classic

From 2007-09-25

To 2007-10-01
 

What is it? One of the most popular venues on the PGA Golf Tour, this event draws hundreds of spectators to watch some of the top players compete for the three million dollar purse. Where is it? Annandale Golf Course

 

 

4. Country Cajun Crawfish Festival

From 2007-04-16

To 2007-04-26
 

What is it? Sample Mississippi's favourite delicacy, a small version of the lobster, cooked and served up in a variety of hot and spicy ways at the annual festival honouring crawfish. Activities on offer include live musical entertainment, carnival rides and of course vendors supplying plenty of treats for seafood lovers. Where is it? Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi

 

 



 

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