Amory Regional Museum
Location: 3rd St & 8th Avenue South, Amory, MS, 2 blocks south of Hwy 278 & 3rd St South intersection
This is no ordinary museum. This museum is truly an adventure back in time. The Amory Regional Museum, a Mississippi Landmark, is listed on the State Register of Historic Sites. The museum houses artifacts from 9,000 BC to exhibits by contemporary artists. In the state-of-the-art, climate controlled Gallery Annex, completed in 2007, the museum is able to host a wide range of art and history exhibits.
The museum houses a dugout Cypress canoe unearthed by the Corps of Engineers during the construction of the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway in 1979. It is carbon dated to the late 17th or early 18th century. The museum also contains Native American artifacts from the Hester Dig and pioneer artifacts from Cotton Gin Port, the oldest settlement in North Mississippi. There is a 1840 log cabin and the railroad passenger coachcar the “Pasadena Hills” No. 1251 on site.
Being designated as an affiliate of the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, the museum also hosts traveling art exhibits from that museum. Various services are offered such as educational tours, seminars, workshops, and historical and genealogical research facility. The museum is handicap assessable and admission is free. Call 662-256-2761 or go to www.cityofamoryms.com.
Evans Memorial Library – Aberdeen
Location: 105 North Long St., Aberdeen, MS
One of the most complete and varied libraries in Mississippi. Built in 1939, with several recent additions, the library is host to monthly book lunches and yearly book sales. It is home to the F. S. McKnight Collection of Aberdeen relics. This collection includes over 14,000 photos of Aberdonians preserved on glass negatives. The library is also one of the top five destinations in the southeastern U. S. for genealogical researchers. It offers ample resources, free Internet connections, and a very friendly and capable staff. Call 662-369-4601 or go to www.tombigbee.lib.ms.us/evans.
Ride through the heart of the city and enjoy the historic downtown district of Amory. You will find a variety of retail businesses, restaurants, and much more. Seasonal flags, flowers, and decorations adorn the streets and sidewalks welcoming shoppers and visitors to the area. Numerous activities in the downtown district have been organized by Amory Main Street such as Christmas Candlelight Open House, Pep Rallies in the Park, Spring Fling, Art Displays, and Fourth on the Third. Come visit downtown Amory and discover all the possibilities! Call Amory Main St. at 662-256-8700 for more information.
Even when Aberdeen is not hosting an event for the community, the city offers opportunities for amusement and personal enrichment. As part of the Mississippi Main Street organization, Commerce St., the primary thoroughfare of the business district, is thriving. The downtown features unique restaurants and shops. The downtown has impressive pre-1900 facades. Lann Hardware and Tony’s Café are two of the oldest businesses in the state still owned by members of the same family. Call Aberdeen Main St. at 662-369-4864 for more information.
Elkin Theatre – Aberdeen
Location: Downtown Aberdeen on Commerce St.
Come enjoy plays at least twice a year and current movies every weekend at reasonable rates. Plays are directed, written, and performed by Aberdonians. Built in 1937, the theatre has undergone some renovations including a new stage, curtains, carpet, and climate-control. Admission charged. Call 1-800-634-3538 or email email@example.com.
Old Aberdeen Cemetary
Location: Hwy 45 at South Poplar St. and Whitfield St.
Established in 1845. Self guided tours of the unusual and noteworthy tombstones. Brochure for self guided tours available at the Aberdeen Visitors Bureau, 204 E. Commerce St., Aberdeen, MS, call 1-800-634-3538.
Location: 732 West Commerce St., Aberdeen, MS
Built in 1850, this fine example of classic Greek Revival style, antebellum architecture features an exquisite mahogany staircase and beautiful furnishings. Lush magnolia trees line the brick walk leading to the house. Tours available Mon-Fri, 10 AM – 2 PM or by appointment. Admission charged. Call 662-369-7956 or 1-800-634-3538 or go to www.themagnolias.org.
Aberdeen Homes – Tours By Appointment
Call in advance to arrange individual or group tours of Aberdeen’s beautiful 19th century homes. Most homes are private residences. Tours are available at the convenience of the homeowner. Cannot guarantee requests for specific homes. Admission charged. Call 1-800-634-3538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aberdeen Homes & Churches
An Architectural Driving Tour. During her history, Aberdeen remained fairly prosperous. Therefore, Aberdeen has outstanding examples of almost every period and style of Southern architecture. Visitors can travel through time with 49 homes from the 1830’s, Victorian, Turn of the Century, and Early Twentieth Century styles. These styles also include all types of cottages, bungalows, gothic, art deco, Queen Anne, Italianate, Tudor, and neoclassical homes that showcase stained and leaded glass, towers, brackets, and bays. In between is the Monroe County Courthouse, built in 1857, and the one of a kind, “Silk Stocking Row”, the city’s primary Victorian Residential street.
Amory Homes & Churches
Known as the “Planned City” that was built upon the railroad. The town of Amory was plotted and the first lots were sold at auction in November 1887, when the railroad came through the area; incorporation followed in 1888. Its wide streets and carefully arranged business and residential areas helped pave the way for Amory’s future. To the east of downtown is the oldest residential district in Amory. It features many styles of architecture.
Here, the houses are mostly large wooden frame or brick structures. It definitely has its share of 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s homes with the Mayberry appeal. This area of town is one of the most attractive residential areas in all of the southeastern U.S.
Amory’s very clean and neat dogwood and azalea lined streets and sidewalks will remind you of your childhood and a bygone era.
The original county seat of Monroe County. This community was once a thriving cotton town. Check out the Hamilton Hardware Store. Take Hwy 45 south from Aberdeen. Community is on Hamilton Rd., east and west.
Greenwood Springs To Splunge
Take a driving tour through some of the most picturesque farm country in the South. Splunge was once a thriving farm community. The old school is now a community center. At the start of the 20th century, Greenwood Springs had a hotel and day spa that advertised healing mineral enriched waters. Take Hwy 278 east from Amory and turn left onto Greenwood Springs Rd.
Hatley To Smithville
After driving from Greenwood Springs to Splunge take a left onto Hatley-Detroit Rd. This will take you to the Town of Hatley. At the main four way stop in Hatley, take a right onto Hatley-Smithville Rd. This will take you to the Town of Smithville. At the convenience store in Smithville you will find one of the last places where you can buy an Orange or a Grape Crush soda. Also, the Hardware store and Antique Store (which is open on Saturdays only) are both worth checking out.
Mississippi Blackbelt Prairie and Prairie, MS
Take a driving tour of the flat, black dirt prairie and see the munitions plant buildings from World War II at Prairie, MS. This was once a thriving small town where several hundred workers assembled explosives for the military during World War II. Take Hwy 25 South from Aberdeen, then turn right onto Hwy 382. Remaining munitions buildings are located on right (north side) of highway, just past the Birdsong Peanut facility. No admittance to the actual munitions site is allowed.