Mississippi Ag and Forestry Museum
As we enter the later part of deer season and enter February, I am always mindful of the late-winter blues creeping up on me. So, I try to stay active. And that includes exploring things I have put off.
Near one of the busiest intersections in Jackson, Mississippi, you can park your vehicle, walk across a rustic bridge, and enter a bygone era. At the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum, or Museum for short, you will discover Mississippi’s proud agricultural legacy as you step back in history. What a great way to kill those late-winter blues!
To the casual visitor, this place may seem like a peculiar attraction, but not when one considers the role that Mississippi’s two most significant industries have played in the history and economy of the state. The Museum features over 40,000 square feet of exhibition space, displaying many artifacts, machinery and documents that pay tribute to farmers and lumbermen throughout Mississippi’s history. It even includes a Model T Ford that was donated by my father-in-law, the late Arch Dalrymple III of Amory. The museum gift shop serves a limited menu of refreshments and offers a variety of unique and educational souvenirs.
As you take a journey through time, it will be revealed how agriculture and forestry molded the history and heritage of the state and the Southeast. You will be able to explore the various sections of the Museum such as the Ethnic Heritage Center, the Fitzgerald Collection, the Fortenberry-Parkman Farmstead, the Heritage Exhibit Center, the National Agricultural Aviation Museum and the Forestry Auditorium.
In the section of Small Town, Mississippi, you will not only be able to witness the charm and hospitality of rural life but you can visit the General Store, which offers visitors a shopping experience like nowhere else. One can buy cold Coca-Colas, Moon Pies, old-fashion candy sticks, toys and souvenirs, as well as see many artifacts reflecting what one might have seen in a 1930s General Store. The store specializes in Mississippi Gift Baskets, offering food products and crafts.
Your visit will be even more rewarding during any of the festivals that are scheduled throughout the year. The Agriculture & Forestry Museum is located at 1150 Lakeland Drive, Jackson, Mississippi. They are open Monday through Saturday from 9 AM – 5 PM. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors, $3.00 for ages 5 to 18 and $1.00 for ages 3 to 4. For more information, call (601) 432‑4500. To find out about events, call (601) 432‑4501.
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