Corinth is a historic community situated in the Northeast corner of Mississippi. This classic southern town features Civil War history, exceptional dining experiences, and unique shops. Located in what was a strategic location during the Civil War era, Corinth is home to 18 places listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Friendly residents welcome visitors, and a southern charm captures the authentic taste of the South. Corinth truly is the hidden gem of the South and the gateway to the great state of Mississippi. If you want to truly soak in the local history during your next visit add the following must-see destinations to your itinerary.
Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center
Start your visit to Corinth at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center. A branch of the National Park Service, this center features a 15,000 square-foot facility and educates us about the bloody Battle Shiloh fought in 1862. You’ll watch videos on the battle and interact with exhibits that display the events. You’ll also learn how Corinth earned its nickname as the Cross City.
Corinth Coca-Cola Museum
No visit to Corinth is complete without a visit to the Corinth Coca-Cola Museum. Formerly a soda bottling factory, this quaint facility was established over 110 years ago and offers free admission year-round. The museum houses over 1,000 Coca-Cola artifacts and a collection of old-fashioned machines from the Coke of yesteryear. Contact the museum for information on private or group tours.
Verandah Curlee House
The Verandah Curlee House is a meaningful building in Civil War history. This Greek-Revival home was built for Hamilton Mask, one of Corinth’s founding fathers. Several generals, majors, and colonels of the Confederate Army planned their attack on the Union Troops from this house in 1862. The house is open for daily tours and private events.
Borroum’s Drug Store has been a staple in the Corinth community for more than 150 years. Founded in 1865 by an Army surgeon, it stands today as Mississippi’s oldest drugstore. Borroum’s offers lunch, desserts, and authentic soda in a unique atmosphere with Civil War and Native American artifacts. It’s best known for its Slugburger. If you’re lucky enough to visit during the summer, you won’t want to miss the annual Slugburger festival held in July.
Corinth Contraband Camp
The Corinth Contraband Camp is a crucial part of post-Civil War History. When African-American slaves were freed, this camp marked their first step towards freedom. It housed over 6,000 former slaves who flocked to the camp when Union forces occupied Corinth in 1862. At Corinth Contraband Camp, former slaves learned to read, write, and became financially productive. This camp is part of Shiloh National Military Park.
Shiloh National Military Park
This National Park features many attractions dedicated to the Civil War’s most legendary battle of the Western Theater. The grounds feature museums and interpretive centers dedicated to the fighters and tools used in the historic battle. One of the park’s highlights is an award-winning film commemorating the fight, titled Shiloh; Fiery Trial. There’s also a 12.7-mile auto tour with 22 stops, including historic battle sites, death sites, and forts.
60 Sights in 60 Minutes
You won’t want to leave Corinth without walking the mile-long tour of downtown Corinth. The 60 Sights in 60 Minutes Historic Walking Tour, which is available on an interactive Google Map, features over 60 historic homes and buildings. The journey starts at The Crossroads, an old train depot that features old exhibits and is by the intersection of two railroads. You can choose to tour in numerical order or create your own itinerary with the plotted points of interest.
There are many ways to enjoy a visit to Corinth. Along with the historic sites, Corinth offers plenty of places to shop, dine, and stay. The gateway city to Mississippi invites you to explore, learn, and relax while creating long-lasting memories. Whether you drive, walk, or bike, Corinth has something to offer every visitor. Visit our blog to learn more about what’s happening in Corinth.
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