About Jackson

106.8 sq. miles
Time Zone
Belhaven University
COFO Civil Rights Education Center
Eudora Welty House & Museum
Greenwood Cemetery
Jackson State University
Jackson Zoological Park
Manship House Museum
Margaret Walker Center
Medgar Evers Home
Medgar Evers Library
Millsaps College
Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum
Archives & History
Children's Museum
Farmers Market
Governor's Mansion
Museum of Art
Mississippi Museum of Natural Sciences
Sports Hall of Fame
Oak House Museum
Old Capitol Museum
Old Mt. Helm
Baptist Church
Russell C. Davis Planetarium/
Ronald E. McNair Space Theater
Tougaloo College
Experience Jackson
Cabot Lodge Millsaps
Old Capitol Inn
Jackson Day Trips
Yazoo City

Jackson Mississippi
State Capital and Tripple Mississippi Tour Stop!

Located near the center of Mississippi's Natchez Trace is the state's capital, Jackson. Characterized by museums and art galleries, Jackson is also Mississippi's cultural capital. Jackson is a recommended stop on three Mississippi driving tours: African-American Heritage Tour, Civil War Tour and the Natchez Trace.

For many years, Jackson was home to Pulitzer Prize winning author, Eudora Weltz. Her home in the historic Belhaven neighborhood is now a museum. Jackson is also home too the quadrennial International Ballet Competition where future ballet stars compete for gold, silver and bronze medals.

Natchez Trace

During frontier days, the Natchez Trace was a major trade route used by Native Americans. Today it is an enchanted parkway that runs diagonally through Mississippi from Natchez to Nashville Tennessee. Jackson is home to two nature-based museums: Mississippi Agricultural & Forestry Museum/National Agricultural Aviation Museum and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.


Civil War Tour

During the Civil War, Union forces burned the city of Jackson three times. Hence, the city became known as Chimneyville. Jackson is also the placce where General Sherman first uttered the words, "War is Hell".

Several buildings survived the Civil War: Old Capitol Museum houses Mississippi's history exhibits. Boyd's House, a Greek Revival Cottage, was once the home of James Boyd, Jackson mayor during the 1840s and 1850s. Jackson City Hall was once a hospital for Confederate and Union soldiers. Manship House Museum, a pre-Civil War Gothic Revival structure, was once the home of Charles Manship, Jackson mayor during the Civil War. The Govenor's Mansion is the United States' 2nd oldest continuously occupied gubernatorial residence.


African-American Heritage Tour

Jackson features a four-part self-guided driving tour of sites significant to Mississippi's 1950s and 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Sites include Medgar Evers' home -- the site of his assassination, Medgar Evers Library/Statue and Tougaloo College -- a Mississippi Civil Rights cornerstone. Jackson State University is Mississippi's leading African-American university. Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State is an archive and museum of African-American history and culture. Piney Woods Country Life School, located south of Jackson was founded in the early 20th century by Professor Laurence C. Jones to educate Mississippi African-Americans.


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