My Mississippi Journal
18 Nov, 2018
Welcome to Pambling Roads.
We're in Mississippi.
What a wonderful state.
Our travels have brought us all around the “lower 48”. We’ve tried to zip zag and circle through and around every state we could. Florida was where this endeavor started.
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Thank you for taking this wonderful journey with us. It has been absolutely incredible.
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Pambling Roads−My Mississippi Journal
Our very first impression of the state of Mississippi was Greenville and the River Road Queen Welcome Center. The ladies at the center were wonderful, friendly and very helpful. We felt truly welcome.
I had a lot of people tell me they never stay in Mississippi but just drove through. Huge mistake on their part. What a beautiful state! We found that the people that we met and spoke with were very pleasant, polite, and friendly.
We crossed over the Yazoo River, too, another expression where I always wondered where “Up the Yazoo” came from. Now I know.
We stayed at the LaQuinta in Starkville, MS. The employees were happy, very helpful, and enjoyed our dinner at Harvey’s Grill.
While in Mississippi, we visited the birthplace of Tennessee Williams in Columbus where he lived with his mother, sister, and grandparents. (Also a welcome center.)
Being on the Mississippi River, Natchez is a gold mine of history. It’s also known as the oldest city on the Mississippi. (Two years before New Orleans)
The Natchez website advertised trolley tours. There were no trolley tours available. We were interested in getting a river tour as well but there were none available.
However, the visitor center recommended a carriage tour that we did take. There really wasn’t any information about the company who did the carriage tour. The tour was very informative and the driver was knowledgeable about the area.
With a map in hand, we did the recommended driving tour to decide which historic antebellum homes we wanted to see.
Auburn, an antebellum Greek revival home was built in the early 1800’s. A fascinating feature is the home’s circular staircase which stands alone and is unsupported by anything but itself. (the image was very blurry--sorry.)
We met a couple who was on the tour that lived in Valkerie, LA right near the Oak Alley and St. Joe Plantations. It was neat talking with someone who lived in an area that we had visited the year before.
The property is large considering that it’s in the city. (A full city block) Stanton is absolutely beautiful. There’s a restaurant on the property. When we opened the door the overhead lights inside looked so dark, dim, and unwelcoming. We were under the impression it was closed and didn’t go inside. We decided to go to another restaurant on Under-the-Hill.
Rosalie was my favorite. It wasn’t any more or any less elaborate than any of the other homes we visited. Perhaps it was the walk in the back yard along the river, or just the right touch of southern charm, welcoming anyone coming to the home.
Longwood started construction before the U.S. Civil War and was never completed. It’s the largest octagonal house in the United States. When the war started, the bottom floor was the only floor that had been finished. It’s being preserved in its unfinished state.
Natchez Under-the-Hill and the nature trail
This was a great place to walk around and enjoy the atmosphere of the Mississippi River.
We were going to dine at one of the casinos but a gentleman was walking into the building wearing a three piece suit so we both realized we were extremely under-dressed. (Both of us in shorts since it was in the 90’s
Forks of the Road
Forks of the Road was the last thing we visited before we headed to our next destination.
It’s a small park-like area with an historical kiosk of information on the slave trading in the area. I found it stunning at the amount of names on the list. We didn’t count but I would guess that over half of the slaves were Asian and the other half Africans. There were shackles in a group on the ground near the kiosk.
We met a gentleman there who had gotten very emotional over the idea of those people being used as slaves. Our last comments to each other was our gratefulness that we, as a country, have grown to become better people and that most people no longer have the attitude of slave ownership.
The forgotten coast ─ where Hurricane Katrina devastated the area, leveling many older historical homes and leaving more than half of the residents homeless. We stopped by the visitor center and toured the magnificent structure as well.
We grabbed a local map and asked about the train tour and shuttle buses and were told no shuttle buses were available. She gave us information on the train tour, the available times, and where to get the tour.
On our first night, we enjoyed the recommended walking tour.
The next morning we strolled along the beach area near the lighthouse and waited for the train to arrive. Forty-five minutes later, we left. We waited for twenty minutes after the train was supposed to be there). There were at least a dozen people waiting for the train tour who also gave up and left.
Beauvoir is one of the homes of the former president of the Confederate States. In the early 1900’s it was used as a Confederate Soldiers’ Home. On the property you can find a Jefferson Davis statue, the Jefferson Davis and Sons Statue, several reproduction buildings, the Confederate Soldiers’ Home Cemetery which includes the Tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier.
There’s also a free buggy ride that takes you around the grounds of the property. It was definitely worth the few bumps along the dirt road.
In the Presidential Library and Museum, we enjoyed viewing many of the confederate states history and a few previously unknown facts about southern Mississippi history.
Stopping at the gift shop, we picked up a few things. One was a very rare copy of the movie Song of the South. I was thrilled. It was one of my favorite movies when I was younger. I loved Uncle Remis, his stories, and the lessons he was teaching. I never quite understood the controversy. (Still don’t.)
I made a comment to my husband about how much I loved the movie when a gentleman told me this was the only place that would sell the movie because they want people to see the truth. He was very passionate in his opinions.
When he said that the movie promoted hatred of the South I asked him how. (Big mistake) He proceeded to tell me that northern schools “to this day” teach their students to hate the South.
I told him I was educated in the North and they didn’t teach me to hate the South nor did they promote any negative ideas like that to the students.
He blinked. I walked away. I had to. This would not have turned out well if I didn’t walk away.
Goodness! I felt like I went back 150 years. I find it very sad that some people actually still hold such antiquated beliefs after all this time.
Unfortunately, that’s when he turned to my husband and my husband received the man’s passionate views about the North and South. He continued on how Lincoln wasn’t elected by any of the southern states and how he wasn’t voted in by any southerner. (Lincoln wasn’t put on the peoples’ ballot in the southern states, but was in the running on the Electoral College ballots.)
My husband, being the generous, patient soul that he is, let the man vent. He is much more diplomatic than I am. Although, I am getting better with age.
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