1035 Highway 49 S
Richland, MS 39218
Phone: (601) 932-5553
Fax: (601) 932-7882
Dedicated in 1930, this hulking grey megalith was designed to serve as a temple of justice for Hinds County and was closely patterned after various Greek temples. Comprised of limestone and local granite, the courthouse is a masterpiece of Art Deco design. A quick upward glance at the north and south entrances will reveal intimidating guardians, indeed. Towering sculptures of Moses and Socrates, history's most formidable giver and interpreter of law, keep a diligent vigil over justice in the capital city.
This team of local specialists stands ready to provide you with information on area business development, statistics about the regional economic climate, building specs, site inspections and other critical data. President Duane O'Neill and his staff have all the resources to make a temporary or permanent relocation to Jackson smooth and efficient. New resident information, long-term visit planning, housing markets, special events planning and permits are all available. This group is located in Old Fire Station #1, a historically renovated landmark on the same block as Jackson City Hall.
This hulking three-story example of utilitarian architecture is located in the heart of Jackson, a few short yards behind historic City Hall. For 70 years, the structure served the city as Central Fire Station #1—a bit too late to prevent the widespread, flaming devastation at the hands of the Union's General Sherman. After being decommissioned in favor of more modern fire fighting facilities, a series of off-again, on-again plans to demolish the building were never realized. In 1978, it was restored to its original elegance and became the new home of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce.
This museum houses more than 3,000 works, including the world's largest collection of art by Mississippi craftsmen. It is also home to the world's largest collection of art that reflects the cultural and historical heritage of the state. Visitors find an amazing display of Southern photography, native crafts and folk art, with a strong emphasis on homegrown talent. The Mississippi Museum of Art also sponsors a complete schedule of educational programs, lectures and special forums. Admission is USD5 for adults, USD4 for seniors, USD3 for college students and USD2 for students.
Founded in 1837, the Clarion-Ledger is the second-oldest company in the state, and one of the nation's few remaining statewide-circulated daily newspapers. Purchased by Gannet in 1982, this remains Jackson's chief source for daily news, and is delivered to most hotels and available at all area news stands. Tours are available at the site, or visit their Web site for a virtual, on-line tour.
This is one of the South's finest examples of Greek Revival architecture. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this majestic building was Mississippi's state capitol from 1839-1903. The history of Mississippi, from the dawn of time to the modern day, is outlined here. You will find exhibits that include thorough treatments of Native American history, colonial times, the Big Cotton culture, the Civil War and more. The museum is closed on major holidays. Group tours are available; call in advance for information.
Whether you are a bona fide stargazer or just looking for a little excitement, this theater at Jackson's Davis Planetarium is not to be missed. McNair's wide, hemispheric theater, with its wraparound screen, is the perfect venue for the center's multimedia astronomy "skyshows" that are as educational as they are entertaining. The planetarium features exhibits on space exploration, astronomy and the challenges of filming in outer space. The theater also features meeting capacity for 190 participants. Call for more information or booking details.
Downtown Jackson is all you could possibly want in a district of a city. It has copious amounts of fun things to do. The Farish Street Entertainment district is located here as also are many theaters. The Jackson Zoo and the Mississippi Fairgrounds and Coliseum are in Downtown Jackson too. This is one place where you will always find something to do or a great new attraction to enjoy. Plunge into Downtown with its parades community events and attractions, and have a whale of a time.
This imposing downtown monument honors the memory of the thousands of brave Mississippians who have given their lives in defense of their country. The remarkable cast aluminum doors and panels are the most noteworthy aspects of the structure, and feature depictions of the state's war efforts through the years. Inside the building informative exhibits chronicle Mississippi's role in American war history from 1776, through the Vietnam War. Admission is free.
The aptly-dubbed Heritage Building boasts a distinguished heritage in the history of local commercial enterprise. The six-story brick landmark went up in 1905 as the Jones-Kennington Dry Goods Store. Later known as simply Kennington's, the venerable department store finally sold out several decades ago, after which the structure became the Jackson flagship location for new commercial giant McRae's. A stirring specimen of early 20th Century urban commercial architecture, the storied Heritage building is now subdivided among various local enterprises that maintain offices within.
When it first graced the capital city's skyline in 1924, this building soared as Jackson's only bona fide skyscraper. Noted for its distinctive lines and crenellated clock tower, a close observation reveals it as nothing less than a scaled-down version of New York City's Woolworth Building. Home to the oldest Mississippi-based insurance company, Lamar's president at the time of construction was the father of author Eudora Welty. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this building still stands as a distinctive presence over downtown Jackson.
The stunning antebellum mansion that is the home of Mississippi's governor is also widely considered to be a prime example of Greek Revival architecture in the United States. Mississippi's chief executives have resided in the stately manor ever since 1842, which ranks it number two in the rankings for continuously occupied governor's residence. Guided tours are available every half hour during public hours. Admission is free.