Begin your tour early with a visit to the Mississippi’s Governor’s Mansion – an antebellum island in the heart of Downtown Jackson. Designated as a National Historic Landmark, the mansion has served as the home of all Mississippi Governors since 1842 and is the second-oldest continuously occupied governor’s residence in the nation. Listen for the hum of voices from the past as you move through its stately rooms and hear the stories of her intriguing past.
Mississippi Governor's Mansion
Docent guided tours Tues – Fri mornings 9:30 – 11:00 am
Tour Time: 30 – 40 Minutes Admission Free
Call 601-359-6421 to arrange your tour mdah.ms.gov/new/visit/governors-mansion
Walk across the street to St. Andrews Episcopal Cathedral, built in the gothic style of architecture with pointed arches and beautiful stained glass windows. This is the third church for the parish, the first being burned by Union Troops in1863, and the second one being outgrown by the swelling membership. Listen for the sounds of the church bells provided by their newly restored pipe organ.
Call Tom Williams – 601-487-2742 for tour standrewscathedral.org
Upon leaving the cathedral, take heed of the grey stone building next door with the crenelated purple-faced clock tower. Look up and see the Gargoyles standing guard overhead. Built in 1925, the building was headquarters for Mississippi’s first “home-owned” insurance company, the Lamar Life Building. Christian Welty, the father of the internationally acclaimed writer, Eudora Welty, was a governing officer in this company and altered the architectural plans for a plain-looking building to the more ornate to coordinate with the Gothic Style of the neighboring cathedral.
The next stop is the Mississippi Museum of Art and a stroll through the permanent exhibits called The Mississippi Story. Here you’ll come face to face with Mississippi’s past, present and future artists works, displayed in a majestic way in a museum without walls. This part of the museum is always free to everyone and provides many comfortable nooks with couches and comfortable seating to just sit awhile and enjoy the beauty around you. Check to see if there is a special exhibit in-house. There is sometimes an admission fee to view these, but they are always worth it.
Tour time: 1 hour Free* see above - Gift Shop - Palette Café - Outdoor Art Gardens
Contact 601-960-1515 to schedule a visit. Tues – Sun Closed Monday msmuseumart.org
Lunch – Take in the Mississippi Music Experience Museum (Free) at The Iron Horse Grill while you enjoy a tasty lunch. Or, experience any of the wonderful restaurants in the Historic Fondren District ranging from barbecue to International cuisine; from fabulous burgers, New York Style pizza and New Orleans-style seafood... even an old-time drugstore soda fountain. You’ll also find lots of fun shopping in this eclectic, bustling neighborhood filled with small boutiques, art galleries, antique shops and a lot more. Or select from any of Jackson’s great group-friendly restaurants. theironhorsegrill.com and finditinfondren.com
To complete that new “sense of place” feeling, drive on over to the Eudora Welty House and Gardens, designated a National Historic Landmark and the most intact literary house museum in the country. Walk through the gardens, lovingly tended by Eudora’s mother, Christina, and enjoy the scent of Sweet Peas or the breathtaking sight of the heritage roses. The gardens are restored to the 1925 – 1945 period with authentic cuttings from age old plants. Tour the home and watch the video that gives you a wonderful sense of what Mississippi is all about.
Call 601-353-7762 to arrange a tour Tues – Fri and 2nd Sat of the month mdah.ms.gov/welty
Now, it’s off to another adventure.
Tour Malaco Records, one of the country’s largest gospel, blues and contemporary southern rhythm and blues music recording studios. Here you can get an ear full of the Blues, or sway to the sounds of the magnificent Mississippi Mass Choir, or clap your hands to the sweet hymns of the likes of the Jackson Southernaires. See how it’s done from the recording to the shipping and everything in between. Ask the “Pros” about your favorite artist or group.
Call Wolf Stephenson or Jerry Masters to arrange your tour – 601-982-4522 malaco.com
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Other sites of interest:
Old Capitol Museum
Mississippi State Capitol
Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum
Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum
Call us at 1-800-354-7695 and we’ll customize this or any tour to fit your time frame and interests.