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Mississippi

Mississippi's 5 Regions

The northeastern part, known as the Hills Region, includes a tiny piece of the western tip of the Appalachians (the highest elevation in the state) and plenty of man-made lakes and waterways (where eagles can be seen). Some of the most important battles of the first years of the Civil War were fought at Corinth, Holly Springs and Brice’s Crossroads. Elvis Presley spent his boyhood in Tupelo before heading west on Highway 78 to Memphis.
William Faulkner was born in New Albany and moved to Oxford where he wrote the novels set in his fictional Yorknapatawpha County based on settings in the Hills Region.
The past, he once said, is not even past, and the spirit of Faulkner country is alive and well.
If you doubt it, then just visit a place like Borroum’s Drug Store in Corinth, where portraits of bearded Civil War generals look down on you from behind an old-fashioned soda fountain.

The Pines Region is the eastern side of central Mississippi, marked by the collage towns of Starkville and Columbus at one end and the home of Jimmie Rodgers, Meridian, and the Choctaw Indian’s Pearl River Resort in Neshoba County on the other. The Tennessee -Tombigbee Waterway and a system of locks and dams mark the eastern side of the Pines Region while the Natchez race parkway traverses the western side.

The Capital/River Region includes Jackson, Vicksburg, Natchez and post Gibson . It boasts the state’s biggest collection of museums for sports, agriculture, history an natural sciences as well as the National Military Park and the highest and most scenic views on the lower Mississippi River. Jackson is minutes from the Ross Barnett Reservoir with excellent boating and fishing, and nearby Ridgeland boasts The state’s largest shopping mall.

The Delta is the land of cotton farms, catfish ponds, casino resorts and the Blues musicians who influenced the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Elvis and many others. An astonishing number of creative artists lived here including bluesmen B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, furry Lewis, Big Bill Broonzy and Charley Patton plus writers Shelby Foote, Willie Morris, Walker Percy and Muppets creator Jim Henson. The Delta is ideal for exploring by car on the Blues Highway or the Great River Road.

The Coastal Region includes miles of white sand beaches, but that’s Spanish history, fantastic seafood, , deep-sea fishing , neon –lit casino hotel resorts, golf courses, aquariums, adventure sports, backwater bayous ad quaint little towns. From the Gulf islands National Seashore and Shearwater Pottery in Ocean Springs to the Stennis Space Center in Stennis, the Coastal Region is packed with more things to do and places to see than any other area on the Gulf.

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