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Uncovering the Jewels in Jackson

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A June 2002 trip to Jackson by barbara

Millsaps Buie House Photo, Jackson, Mississippi More Photos
Quote: Driving from Atlanta to Dallas, we stopped at the halfway point in Jackson, MS to learn more about the history of the South and to indulge ourselves for the night at a beautiful bed and breakfast.

Uncovering the Jewels in Jackson

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Overview

State Capital Photo, Jackson, Mississippi
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Jackson is a poor town. There is no denying it. This is evident as soon as you drive into downtown. There are many dilapidated neighborhoods and crumbling buildings. HOWEVER, there are also diamonds in the rough. Mississippi's capital is, for instance, the home of one of the world's most respected dance competitions: the International Ballet Competition. Jackson was also home to one of our nation's most beloved writers and artists, Eudora Welty. The house of civil rights activist Medgar Evers is open for visits (by appt. call Tougaloo College at 601-977-7839). The graceful Govenor's Mansion built in 1842 is open for free tours Tuesday-Friday. There is a planetarium, several art and history mu...Read More

Millsaps Buie House

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Hotel

Millsaps Buie House Photo, Jackson, Mississippi
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Brief HistoryBuilt in the 1880's, the Millsaps Buie House was once home to one of Jackson's most important benefactors. Once a major in the Confederate Army, Reuben Webster Millsaps made his fortune in St. Louis after the Civil War. He returned to his home state of Mississippi and contributed the money needed to open Millsaps College in Jackson in 1892. Millsaps had attended Harvard but wanted to provide a place for Southern men to receive a quality education closer to home. Upon building his 6,000 + sq. foot Queen Anne Victorian on a hill overlooking the downtown skyline, Millsaps settled in Jackson for good. Ownership of the home has remained in the family ever since. Our VisitWe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2002

Millsaps Buie House
628 North State Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39202
(601) 352-0221

Edison Walthall Hotel

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Hotel | "The Edison Walthall Hotel"

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Easily accessed from I-20, the Edison Walthall is located in the heart of Jackson near the Governor’s Mansion. There is a secured parking garage conveniently available for guests behind the hotel, which is accessed from Pearl Street. The lobby of the hotel was especially inviting after many hours of travel on a dark road. The green marble tile, the dark wood paneling, the high ceilings, the richly furnished reading area, all lent an air of luxury to the hotel which was built in 1928. The staff greeted me with a smile and a coupon for a complimentary cocktail in the bar. The Edison has a full service restaurant on site. A drink looked inviting, however, I had a sleeping dog and child in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 3, 2003

Edison Walthall Hotel
225 East Capitol
Jackson, Mississippi 39201
(601) 948-6161

Mayflower Cafe

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Restaurant

Mayflower Cafe Photo, Jackson, Mississippi
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The Mayflower Cafe has been opened since 1935, so you know they are doing something right. Located downtown on the corner of Roach and Capital, the Mayflower is near the Governor's Mansion and the Millsaps Buie House B&B, so it's easy to find. Just look for the neon sign. We parked our car on the street out front where a security guard kept watch one evening in June. The atmosphere is what one would expect from a cafe. There are dark brown booths with hooks for hanging coats on either side of the restaurant. Tables for bigger parties are in the narrow middle on the black and white tiled floor. The silver bar gave the place a fifties feel as it looked to me like the perfect pla...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2002

Mayflower Cafe
123 West Capitol St
Jackson, Mississippi 39201
+1 601 355 4122

Duffs Tavern and Grill

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Restaurant

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If you have time for a leisurely lunch or dinner in Vicksburg (30-45 minutes west of Jackson), enjoy a meal near the river at Duffs Tavern and Grill. This English-style pub has heavy wooden beams on the ceiling of its brick interior. Two suits of armor flank a wooden mantle to one side of the main dining room. A framed quilt on the wall gives just a hint of the Mississippi/Americana influence on the décor. The wait staff, clad in ties and black pants, add to the upscale atmosphere. Even the restrooms are elegantly decorated, with deep green tiles and mirrors framed in gilded gold. As for the menu...start off with an artichoke and spinach dip, or crab claws, fried oyster, or gumbo. Choose ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2002

Duffs Tavern and Grill
1306 Washington Street
Vicksburg, Mississippi
(601) 638-8828

Saucers Delicatessen

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Restaurant | "Saucers Deli"

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My son and I went for a late morning walk, and the neon illuminated coffee mug in the window of Saucers Deli caught our eyes. We decided to stop in and see what this little cafe has to offer. I immediately liked the fun interior of the restaurant: the casual blue and yellow checked floors, the beaded shade lamps on the tables, the original art hanging on the walls. A Georgia O'Keefe-like, up close portrait of a giant orange made a special impression on me. Chalkboards displayed the day's specials. The Saucers menu is basically what you'd expect from a deli: sandwiches, salads, fountain sodas, soup. Of course, the food has a distinct Southern flair: red beans and sausage over rice, chi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 4, 2003

Saucers Delicatessen
125 S Congress Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201
(601) 969-1119

Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History

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Attraction | "The Old Capitol Museum"

Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History Photo, Jackson, Mississippi
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This museum was once the state’s capital building (from 1839-1903). Today, it's a good example of Greek revival architecture, and it is worth a visit. Within walking distance of our B&B and near the Governor’s Mansion, the Old Capitol Museum is located in downtown Jackson. On the first floor we walked through several rooms filled with exhibits about the Native American population that once thrived in Mississippi. We meandered our way through time, reading about everything from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, stopping only to look at pottery in the gift shop. School children in summer programs followed staff members closely around the exhibits. Footsteps echoed in the large f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2002

Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History
100 South State St
Jackson, Mississippi 39205
+1 601 359 6920

Vicksburg National Military Park

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Attraction

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Not far from Jackson, just off of I-20, you will find the Vicksburg National Military Park. Vicksburg was a hotly-contested port town during the American Civil War, and its loss was the beginning of the end for the Confederacy. Upon entrance to the park, we found men in Confederate uniforms loading cannons near the Visitors’ Center. They promptly gave us a quick lesson on the firing of 19th century weapons of war. Inside the Visitors’ Center we watched a quick film that gave us a lesson on the historical significance of the park. We also bought a tape for $5 in the gift store that we played in our car as we drove through the park. (You can hire a personal guide instead, if you like.) The ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2002

Vicksburg National Military Park
3201 Clay Street
Vicksburg, Mississippi 39183
(601) 636-0583

Mississippi Governor's Mansion

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Attraction | "The Mississippi Governor's Mansion"

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The second oldest continuously occupied governor's mansion in the country*, the Mississippi Governor's Mansion is an excellent example of Greek Revival architecture. After several restorations, this National Historic Landmark, which was built in 1842, has liberal visting opportunities for the public. Open Tuesday-Friday with free tours offered every half hour in the morning from 9:30-noon, this is a must-see for any Jackson visitor interested in interior design or history. On a Tuesday morning in 2003, my son and I walked to the front gate of the stately Governor's Mansion on Capitol Street. With its neoclassical columns and grand entrance, the house itself reminded me of a miniature Wh...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 4, 2003

Mississippi Governor's Mansion
300 East Capitol St
Jackson, Mississippi 39201
+1 601 359 3175

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When we decided to stay in Jackson for the night, we were traveling with the family dog. For $10.50/night we boarded our furry child at the North State Animal and Bird Hospital located at 5208 North State Street, just a few miles from the B&B where the humans spent the evening.

If you need an animal boarding option, too, make sure you bring a copy of your pet's up-to-date shots record!

Call the kennel ahead of time for reservations during holiday weekends (601-982-8261). The staff was friendly, helpful and polite, and I liked the fact that a vet was available if needed.

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barbara
Atlanta, Georgia

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