A Trip To Greenville

On one of these dreary winter days we’ve been having this year, I took a drive with an old friend up to Greenville. We went the back way, which I loved–through the deep woods of Yazoo County, over the Yazoo River at Satartia, and then into the Delta and the National Forest bottomlands. I was pressed for time, and it wasn’t a great day for architectural photography, but it was atmospheric, as the Delta usually is, so I snapped a few shots here and there. Here’s what I saw along the way.

This very cool lift-type drawbridge over the Yazoo River at Satartia was built in 1976 and designed by engineer Maxwell Huff

Questions that make you think.

St. Joseph's Catholic Church (1908)

A friendly and informative historic marker always at hand.

Temple Israel (Hebrew Union Temple), 1906, H. A Overbeck, Dallas, TX, archt.

First Baptist Church (1955)

Oh look--a cornerstone saved from the old Baptist church of 1906! Let's see who the architect or builder was. Hmmm, pastor . . . deacons . . . building committee . . .

Can't leave town without stopping in to see William Alexander Percy's grave monument.

Perhaps the creepiest grave marker in the state

Categories: "To . . . and Back", Bridges, Churches, Cool Old Places, Greenville

3 replies

  1. I enjoyed seeing the photographs of the old buildings in Greenville. Back in the sixties, I spent a year of my life there teaching school. Greenville is full of beautiful old buildings, one being Carrie Stern Elementary where I taught.


  2. Carrie Stern is one of my all-time favorite schools–the Art Deco interior is so completely unexpected after that stately Colonial Revival exterior! The 1960s must have been quite a time to be in Greenville. Downtown was probably still going strong, but the Highway 82 strip was booming too?


  3. Regarding the as you call it ” creepy” gravestone of Leroy Percy, the last line in the poem refers to the wall which existed on the grounds of the Percy residence. I believe it deteriorated years ago but was infamous in Greenville history. There was even a poem written about it, “The Wall”.


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