The Official 101 Mississippi Places to See Before You Die List

As I mentioned yesterday, due to my natural soft-hearted nature, our famous and infamous list of 101 Places is actually a list of 106 Places, but I make no apologies. It’s not the list I would have come up with on my own, but that’s the point of doing polls–to find out what other people think. Come to think of it, any list I came up on my own would be much longer than 106 properties, so this list is probably as lean and mean as we’ll get it.

For the most part, the highest polling properties in each region made it on the list. Further down on each list, I did cut a few here and there so that I could add a few properties I thought needed to be on the list. Most of my tweaking was made with the intent of bringing the regions into slightly better balance, or ensuring a variety of building types (i.e., not all churches or courthouses) and architectural eras (i.e., not all antebellum). I still wish I had been able to get a few more post-World War II buildings on the final list, but that’s a battle to be fought another day.

Here’s the final results by region and by architectural era.

In the next week or so, we’ll add a map to this list for easier trip planning, should you wish to take advantage of the fabulous non-winter weather we’ve been having lately.

And so, without further ado, here’s the final list. Read ’em and rejoice, read ’em and weep, just don’t read ’em and whine.

Natchez District (view regional poll results):

Gulf Coast (view regional poll results):

Jackson (view regional poll results):

Oxford/Holly Springs area (view regional poll results)

Hills/Northeast (view regional poll results)

East and Central Mississippi (view regional poll results)

Vicksburg (view regional poll results)

Delta (view regional poll results)

Columbus area/Golden Triangle (view regional poll results)

Central (view regional poll results)

Piney Woods/South of Jackson

Categories: 101 MissPres Places, Contest

12 replies

  1. I congratulate all who participated (and thank them) for what already has proved a very enjoyable list. My only problem is that when I click on the flickr photo, I then go down tangents such as that set of postcards of Greyhound bus stations. I won’t pander to all of you by remarking upon your taste and sensitivity; that is best left unsaid as those qualities come through the selections ou have made.

    Now I have to leave the computer, but this list represents hours of fun to come.


  2. Thank you for your challenging work. However, may we have the amount of votes each of these properties received and show the rankings in numerical order or alphabetical listing with number of votes received,


    • As I mentioned in the previous post, the final list will not be ranked because of the vast differences in total votes between regions. I’m working on the map now but when I finish that I’ll try to put together a full list of all properties in the polls in order from most votes to least.


  3. this list is going to be so much fun. thanks for creating it. i must mention that the 1918 date on pinecote pavilion must be a typo. the pavilion is closer to the 1980s. also the information in the link mentions e. blake as though he designed the pavilion which was actually the work of e. fay jones.


    • Thanks for catching that–transposed 1918 and 1981. Made the correction above!

      I didn’t notice that reference to E. Blake. It does say he designed the arboretum, not the pavilion, but it is a bit confusing. Do you have a better photo/history I can link to?


  4. Thank you so much for all the hard work! Will print and put in glove compartment of my car so when I am in these areas, I will visit the places I did not know about. Magnificent job!


  5. Great work! I’m looking forward to the glossy publication (is University Press listening?), the organized field trips, and the blog for future running comments! Now we all have a community bucket list!


    • “Organized field trips,” “glossy publication”? Need I remind you of the official MissPres policy of “You suggest it, you own it?” :-)

      As for the blog with running comments, are you envisioning a blog page for each property, similar to what W. White started with the Natchez region? If so, I’m all for it, but hope MissPresers will submit their photos and history for each so we can all build it together.


  6. You should check the Marion Park School in Meridian. If I am not mistaken, it is on the National Register. I know it is listed as an historic building. It’s mission-like style, complete with red tile roof and incredibly huge inner arches walkways, (no halls) create a beautiful cloister that used to be completely filled by a tremendous oak tree.


  7. Thank you for all your dedication to this blog. Enjoy the rest of your day.



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