Corinth has so much to offer, but one of the most enduring draws, time after time, is our history – and what a history it is! Learn about Corinth’s importance to the Civil War, learn about how the battles unfolded, and experience the history for yourself – we can help! Here are some must-see stops to help you enjoy Corinth, and some ideas to help you put together your own itinerary!
Start your visit with a tour of the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, 501 W Linden St, Corinth, MS. https://www.nps.gov/shil/learn/historyculture/corinth.htm
A division of the National Park Service, one of the National Park Service’s newest visitor centers interprets the key role of Corinth, Mississippi, in the Civil War’s Western Theater. The 15,000 sq. ft. modern facility features interactive exhibits, a multimedia presentation on the Battle of Shiloh, and a video on the Battle of Corinth.
Next, head to the Corinth Coca-Cola Museum, 601 Washington St, Corinth, MS. https://www.corinthcoke.com/museum/
The Corinth Coca-Cola Museum has drawn on the fascinating 100+ year history of Corinth Coca-Cola Bottling Works to create a unique and well-designed collection. The museum features over 1,000 pieces of authentic Coca-Cola memorabilia, plus a large collection of old fashioned drink machines from years gone by.
The next stop is the Verandah Curlee House 705 Jackson St, Corinth, MS. www.verandahcurleehouse.com
The Verandah House was built in 1857 for one of Corinth’s founders, Hamilton Mask. During the Civil War, the house was headquarters to several generals. General Albert Sidney Johnston, Major General Braxton Bragg, and Colonel Thomas Jordan, whom General P.T.G. Beauregard sent to represent his endorsement, set forth the plan of Confederate attack on the Union troops at Shiloh from the Verandah House on April 2nd, 1862.
Perhaps have some lunch at Borroum’s Drug Store, 604 E Waldron, Corinth, MS. Borroum’s Drug Store
Borroums Drug Store was founded in 1865 by former CSA Army surgeon A.J. Borroum. It is the oldest drug store in continuous operation in Mississippi. It houses Native American artifacts, Civil War relics, and an authentic, working soda fountain. This business has been owned and operated by the Borroum family since its founding. They serve old time sodas and milkshakes at the soda fountain counter that will take you back to yesteryear, and they are known around these parts for having one of the best signature treats in Corinth – the slugburger.
After lunch, visit the Corinth Contraband Camp, 902 N Parkway, Corinth, MS 38834 Contraband Camp, before you depart for Shiloh National Military Park, 1055 Pittsburg Landing Road, Shiloh, TN. Shiloh National Park
The Corinth Contraband Camp honors the site which housed ex-slaves who were provided refuge in Union-occupied Corinth in 1862. Assembled and assisted by the American Missionary Association, these newly freed people established their own community and took their first steps toward full citizenship.
Shiloh National Military Park contains a wide array of historic sites. Located within the boundaries of Shiloh Battlefield is also a United States National Cemetery, which contains the graves of around 4,000 soldiers and their family members. A National Historic Landmark in its own right, the Shiloh Indian Mounds are also located with the park boundaries. Be sure to visit the museum and take in the film at the visitor’s center, as well!
Once you’ve taken in all these sights, make sure and cool down with the 60 Sights in 60 Minutes Historic Walking Tour (60sights60minutes.com), a walking tour of downtown Corinth which features the facts and history of our storied downtown businesses and homes. Using the digital map at the link above, you’ll be free to meander through historic Corinth.