Corinth is often referred to as Mississippi’s Gateway City due to its location in the northeast corner of the state. It truly is a gateway into Mississippi’s history and culture as evidenced by the amount of activities and interesting places to experience. The great shopping and dining are an added bonus!
A perfect place to start your visit to Corinth, Mississippi, is at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center. This National Historic Landmark is the Corinth Unit of Shiloh National Military Park. The $9.5 million center includes many interesting exhibits and explores six major themes including the role of the railroad; the role of earthworks and fortifications; the African American experience; Corinth as a military learning ground; the Shiloh-Corinth corridor and America before and after the Civil War. The exhibits use innovative and high-tech audio-visual techniques to present the story.
Other historical attractions include the Crossroads Museum at the Historic Corinth Depot. Home to many artifacts detailing the history of Northern Mississippi, the museum has permanent exhibit items that include fossils, American Indian artifacts, depot and railroad industry history displays, aviation memorabilia, and Civil War relics. Located at the famous Crossroads – the Memphis & Charleston and the Mobile & Ohio railroads gave Corinth a strategic significance that made it the most strategic transportation hub during the Civil War. The Crossroads still exists and enjoys frequent traffic as Norfolk Southern and Kansas City send dozens of freight trains through Corinth each day.
After you’ve learned about Corinth’s past, you’ll want to explore the present or maybe buy some presents when you go shopping in the historic downtown area. See a full list of shopping options here. While you’re shopping in downtown Corinth, visit some of the legendary establishments such as Borroum’s Drug Store. Founded in 1865, Borroum’s is Mississippi’s oldest drug store continuously operated by the same family. They specialize in nostalgic soda fountain food as well as the local favorite called a slugburger. Slugburgers are a Depression-era “burger” of meat and breading or soy meal. There’s even a Slugburger Festival every year to celebrate this local delicacy.
As you plan your trip to Corinth, Mississippi, you’ll want to keep in mind that on Thursday nights, there’s an authentic musical experience waiting for you. Thursdays are when “Pickin’ on Courthouse Square” takes place. Regional talent celebrates the bluegrass heritage of the area. If you’re enjoying the rebirth of bluegrass music in America, this is the place to be. During the spring, summer and fall you can sit outside and enjoy the music on the lawn of the Courthouse Square. During the winter, the show moves indoors to the historic Coliseum-Civic Center.
Now that you know more about Corinth history, shopping, dining and music, the only thing left for you to do is start planning your trip here – you’ll be glad you did!