In true Delta style, Greenwood, Mississippi is brimming with history, music, and delicious Southern eats. I soaked up as much of all these things as I could during my quick stop in Greenwood, Mississippi.
As is usually the case there is never time to see and do it all, but we squeezed in as much as possible and we don’t regret one minute of the time we spent here.
Things To Do in Greenwood, Mississippi
Speaking of good eats, Viking Cooking School is a must when visiting Greenwood. Viking, the company that made professional-grade kitchen appliances a thing for homes, offers cooking classes using all of their amazing appliances.
From the novice to the experienced and everyone in between, these classes are so much fun for all!
Robert Johnson, the blues legend famous for allegedly selling his soul to the devil for musical talent, met his end in Greenwood, Mississippi.
At only 27 years old, Johnson passed away in a tenant house after being poisoned by a jealous husband, so the story goes.
While there are three different sites where he may have been buried, the most likely place is in the graveyard at Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church just north of Greenwood.
Grab a drink and toast the young man who left a lasting impact on the blues world.
“The Help” Tour takes you on a self-guided driving tour of all the places the movie “The Help” was filmed in Greenwood.
This movie, based on the novel written by Mississippi native, Kathryn Stockett, brought lots of famous faces to Greenwood. The tour points out the places where the actors stayed, ate, and played.
A stay in Greenwood cannot be complete without a visit to Turnrow Books. Often referred to as “the most beautiful bookstore in America,” and being voted Greenwood’s Favorite Retailer, Turnrow has earned its place on the map.
They often host community events including live music and art exhibits, as well as invite authors of all kinds to speak and sign books. You can find quite a collection of signed books.
Turnrow has an art gallery of its own where you’ll find a broad range of artistic styles and mediums.
The Turnrow Cafe is an excellent place to grab a light lunch and stay awhile. They also offer excellent coffees and craft beers.
In the evenings, the cafe is the place you’ll often find author signings and readings, art displays, or local musicians.
If there’s time, take a drive out to Sky Lake for an easy hike or paddle among the ancient Bald Cypress trees. Many of them are 1,000+ years old. The oldest tree at Sky Lake measures 47-feet around and 70-feet tall. There is a slightly smaller tree 300 yards away from this one and the two of them are the largest trees in Mississippi.
The park is also full of wildlife including birds, mammals, fish, and other small critters. The boardwalk provides an easy stroll and is 12-feet above the forest floor giving you a great opportunity to photograph wildlife and the Bald Cypress trees.
If you prefer to paddle there is a great 2 1/2 mile paddling trail here. The best time to paddle is late fall to early summer when water levels are higher. Be sure to bring bug spray!
Where to Stay in Greenwood, Mississippi
The Tallahatchie Flats is the perfect lodging for your time in Greenwood. These “tenant houses” are beautifully preserved examples of the kinds of homes many of our favorite blues musicians spent their lives.
Each farmhouse was acquired from surrounding plantations and settled along a river with cotton fields as a backdrop.
The houses offer modern amenities such as indoor plumbing, a full kitchen, heat, and A/C. But the antique furniture and rustic nature of the houses ensure an authentic experience.
There is nothing quite like sitting on the porch, under a star-studded sky, surrounded by the silence only this deep country lodging experience can offer.
Where to Eat in Greenwood, Mississippi
We only had time for one meal in Greenwood and it did not disappoint.
I recommend Fan and Johnny’s. They offer authentic southern cuisine, smoking their meat in their own smokehouse behind the restaurant. It is a quaint and adorable local eatery that will not disappoint.
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