HEAR THE STORIES OF THE PAST
The stories of Starkville and Oktibbeha County can be found in the rich tapestries woven at each of our local museums, the Starkville Civil Rights Project, and the beauty of the architecture in our historic buildings and districts.
As you experience the heritage tourism opportunities in our town, we hope you will be immersed in the history of blues music, civil rights, antebellum homes and the stories of those who built our community.
Stroll through the streets of some of Starkville’s historic districts and Mississippi State University to view the different architectural styles and buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.
Churches built in Starkville’s early days include fine examples of several architectural styles. Episcopal Church of the Resurrection -105 North Montgomery StreetFirst Baptist Church – 106 East Lampkin StreetFirst Presbyterian Church – 307 University DriveFirst United Methodist Church – 200 West Lampkin Street First…
Hotel Chester Constructed in 1925, the Hotel Chester is located at Main and Jackson streets in the Old Main District of downtown Starkville. Since its construction, the building has had a succession of different owners and uses. After undergoing extensive renovations in…
Home to several blues artists, Oktibbeha County and Starkville are part of the Mississippi Blues Trail which highlights the contributions of artists who lived in the area. Big Joe Williams Born in 1903 near the Noxubee Swamp at the southern…
With the nation’s largest, privately held material on Abraham Lincoln, the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, the John Grisham Room, the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum, and nine other museums housing items from insects to historic costumes and textiles, you will…
The stories of the Civil Rights Movement in Starkville, Mississippi, and The South have been chronicled through video interviews in a digital oral and public history project at Mississippi State University. Unity Park in Downtown Starkville honors the contributions of…
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New Name, Same Great Styles One of Starkville’s most popular t-shirt and design retailers has a new name. Formerly known as JCG Apparel, the storefront recently merged with Fayetteville, Arkansas’…
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An Advocate for Downtown Revitalization for Decades Carolyn and Donald Sullivan opened Sullivan’s Office Supply in 1959. The first location of the store was in Eupora. However, just a short…
We look forward to welcoming visitors to Mississippi’s scenic outdoors and numerous tourism offerings throughout the state. Guests are advised to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines while both traveling to and visiting our beautiful state. Safe practices include washing hands regularly with soap and water, minimizing close contact with others, and maintaining a minimum of six feet of social distance from others. Visitors are also encouraged to stay informed of additional public health guidance in local destinations throughout the state to minimize risk to themselves and others.