Jackson is a beautiful and historic city. When you come to Jackson, you may have some questions about where to go and what to experience. How can you possibly capture all that history in one short trip? Fortunately, we’re here to help. We love to help visitors learn all about everything that makes Jackson special. So, here are some wonderful Jackson Mississippi landmarks that first-time visitors are sure to enjoy!
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4 Exciting Jackson Mississippi Landmarks for First-Time Visitors
Mississippi State Capitol
The seat of Mississippi’s state government since 1903, this building opens Monday through Friday for self-guided tours and free guided tours. The building is located on the site of the old state penitentiary and was the third capitol building constructed in Jackson. The first is no longer standing, and the second was repurposed as the Old Capitol Museum (we’ll get to that in a moment).
The building was designed to house all branches of state government, but currently, only the Legislature, the office of the Governor and the office of the Secretary of State operate in it. It received a renovation in 1983 to help preserve and maintain its original features. You’ll really get the chance to see Mississippi government up close here!
Old Capitol Museum
The Old Capitol Museum was the former state capitol building after the original site, but before the capitol building used today. The Old Capitol was the site of some of the state’s most significant legislative acts, and the museum takes you on a tour through that history. What makes this museum unique is that you’re not only learning about the history of Mississippi but walking around in the same building where it happened!
Eudora Welty House and Garden
Thanks to her quality prose and prolific collection of short fiction, Eudora Welty became one of the most beloved Southern writers of her generation. Her work was so distinguished that she became the first living author to be published by the Library of America. Today, you can explore the house where she lived and wrote for over seventy years.
The Eudora Welty House and Garden was designated a historical landmark and restored following her death in 2001. It is open for tours by reservation four days a week. Inside, you’ll find original manuscripts, papers, and photographs, all donated by Eudora Welty herself. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see the life of an American literary icon, up close!
Mississippi Governor’s Mansion
Finally, don’t miss out on the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion, which is open for public tour in the mornings of Tuesday through Friday. This beautiful historic mansion (first occupied in 1842) is still in use today and carries an excessive history of every governor’s family that has lived inside its walls.
Stay at the Fairview Inn During Your Landmark Jackson Visit
After getting your fill of these famous Jackson Mississippi landmarks, treat yourself to a relaxing stay in the finest establishment around! Fairview Inn is a historic bed and breakfast located right here in Jackson which offers luxurious rooms and suites, delectable dining, private lounge, game room, Civil War library, and much more! All within a quiet and peaceful environment.
Enjoy the comforts of our cozy inn in our Magnolia Suite! Named after the state’s flower, this spacious king bedroom is ideal for your Mississippi getaway, especially if you’re with your significant other! You’ll enjoy its bright walls, luxurious linens, a refined sitting area with a fireplace, and of course, the stunning private bathroom with whirlpool tub. It’s perfect after a long day of exciting Jackson landmarks!