7 Hidden Gems to Explore in Mississippi this December


Mississippi is more than just a river. It’s a state full of secrets and surprises. Here are 7 hidden gems you can explore this December.

This is the largest scale model of the Mississippi River ever built. It covers 200 acres and was used to study floods and engineering projects.

The Mississippi River Basin Model, Jackson


This is where blues legend Robert Johnson allegedly sold his soul to the devil for musical talent. You can see three giant blue guitars marking the spot.

Clarksdale Crossroads, Clarksdale


This is a historic fort that was built after the War of 1812 to protect the Gulf Coast. You can take a ferry to the island and tour the fort.

Fort Massachusetts, Ship Island


These are the remains of a grand plantation house that was destroyed by fire in 1890. You can see 23 majestic columns standing in the middle of the woods.

Windsor Ruins, Claiborne County


This is where Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets, grew up and was inspired by the swampy surroundings. You can visit a museum dedicated to his life and work.

Birthplace of Kermit the Frog, Leland


This is a rare example of a fossilized forest that dates back to 36 million years ago. You can see petrified logs, stumps, and crystals along a nature trail.

Mississippi Petrified Forest, Flora


This is a unique grave that has a stairway leading down to the coffin of a 10-year-old girl who died in 1871. Her mother built it to comfort her during storms.

Grave of Florence Irene Ford, Natchez


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