Whether you are a Mississippi native or you’re planning your next weekend getaway, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Neshoba County.
Check out what all Neshoba County has to offer in our Guide to Neshoba County.
Kick your feet up at your hotel
With over 1,100 beautifully appointed rooms, Pearl River Resort offers a variety of accommodations for every taste and budget. Silver Star Hotel and Casino offers over 500 guest rooms, including 84 suites. Golden Moon Hotel and Casino has over 570 modern, beautiful rooms, including 112 suites and 32 VIP luxury suites. Dancing Rabbit Golf Club’s eight exquisite rooms place guests in an antebellum setting that will be a welcomed getaway for all guests.
If you plan on staying at the Pearl River Resort or visiting any of the attractions, restaurants, and all that the resort has to offer, check out our Guide to Pearl River Resort.
Grab a bite to eat
Learn a little history
Immerse yourself in Choctaw culture at the Chahta Immi Cultural Center. The Choctaw Indian Reservation consists of 35,000 acres of trust land scattered over 10 counties in east central Mississippi. The nearly 10,000 members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians live in the eight reservation communities, including Pearl River – the site of tribal headquarters, the industrial park, Pearl River Resort, the Choctaw Health Department/Center, and other main tribal services. The Chahta Immi Cultural Center was developed to showcase and provide cultural education through exhibits on Choctaw Artforms. Here you can learn about the history of the tribe, see traditional artforms and artifacts of the Mississippi Choctaws, and listen and learn more of the Choctaw language.
Step back in time at the Philadelphia-Neshoba County Historical Museum. Organized in 1992 for preserving the history of Neshoba County, the museum is housed in the George Pegram Woodward home. The Philadelphia-Neshoba County Historical Museum contains artifacts relating to the history of the Neshoba County Fair, local acclaimed musicians, and the Civil War. Visitors can also enjoy a tour of an original fair cabin from the Neshoba County Fairgrounds. The museum does not charge a fee and is open to the public Monday through Friday.
Experience first hand the fight for Civil Rights. The African American Heritage Driving Tour is a self-guided tour to the places where the struggle for freedom took place. In June 1964, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were abducted and murdered in Neshoba County by members of the Ku Klux Klan and local law enforcement. They were volunteers for the Mississippi Freedom Summer, a drive to register black voters. Their bodies were found over a month later in August 1964. While no one was indicted for their deaths until 2005, the crime sparked outrage that helped spur the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The driving tour takes you to nine different places throughout Philadelphia and Neshoba County.
Experience the city
Stroll through the Philadelphia Historic District on the Historic Homes Tour. The Historic District is an architecturally significant residential neighborhood that recalls the boom time of a small rural city in the early part of the 20th century. The Historic Homes Tour will have you step back in time to the early 1900s as you view these well-preserved architecturally significant homes on Poplar Avenue and Holland Avenue.
Have a front porch sit at Mississippi’s giant house party! July in Neshoba County is synonymous the Neshoba County Fair. It was first organized in 1889 and has evolved into a week-long live-in house party with more than 600 permanent, individually-owned cabins that range from basic to luxurious. Eight days full of porch-sittin’, horse racing, visiting, music, political stump speeches, and all the delicious food you could imagine. It’s an experience that you just have to see for yourself. The 2019 NCF kicks off July 26 and runs through August 2.
Celebrate Choctaw Spirit at the Choctaw Indian Fair. The 70th annual Choctaw Indian Fair takes place July 10-13. The fair takes place on the centuries-old homeland in beautiful Choctaw, Mississippi. The Choctaws gather each July to celebrate their heritage and share their beautiful and vibrant culture with their friends and neighbors. Fairgoers will experience the magnificent journey of the Choctaw people through historical and cultural displays, social dancing, tribal arts & crafts, Choctaw stickball – “the granddaddy of all field sports” – as well as the Choctaw Indian Princess Pageant and traditional Choctaw food. The fair also offers carnival rides and games for the young and old alike, Shawi’s Discovery Zone and chart-topping musical acts each night. There’s something for everyone at the Choctaw Indian Fair.
Get your shop on
Visit one of the last remaining general stores in Mississippi. Williams Brothers General Store opened in 1907, and ever since, they have been giving the community of Philadelphia a place to grab just about anything they need, but the delicious bacon and cheese isn’t the only thing the General Store is known for. Sid’s sister, Olivia Manning is mother to football stars Eli and Peyton and one of the owners of the general store. The store’s relationship with the Manning family explains the jerseys hanging from the ceiling and the photos of young Eli and Peyton covering the walls.
The Williams General Store is full of traditions, goodies, and so much more that keep locals and visitors coming through the door day after day and year after year.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Neshoba County?
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