Corinth is home to a plethora of experiences that together create a getaway as unique as the town itself
CORINTH, MISSISSIPPI—The Northeast corner of Mississippi holds a special destination with a past carved by Civil War stories and a futured shaped by the relics of yesteryear. What’s unique about Corinth are the local eateries and adventures that can be found nowhere else in the world. Fill a weekend getaway with activities in a thriving downtown district, some history and culture and savor memories enough for a lifetime.
Unique activities and adventures
History enthusiasts will be well-satisfied visiting the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center to set a solid foundation of Corinth’s role in historic battles before touring Shiloh National Park and Cemetery. The Interpretive Center offers archives and narratives supporting Civil War times in the Corinth area with the use of both videos and exhibits. A well-done project, this world-class center is a MUST prior to visiting Shiloh.
Making your way through Shiloh, established in December of 1894, you’ll notice an array of monuments strewn throughout the military park as well as historic sites from the battlefield of Shiloh to the Siege and Battle of Corinth. Plan time to also take a sobering walk through Shiloh National Military Cemetery where about 4,000 soldiers were laid to rest.
One of the most poignant art exhibits you’ll ever see just might be the Corinth Contraband Camp established by Union General Grenville M. Dodge to accommodate enslaved folks escaping from plantations and farms safely behind Union lines. The Camp became increasingly popular following the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation of September 1862 by President Lincoln as more freedom seekers searched for protection. The Camp offered housing, a church, school and hospital, and cooperative farming became not only a way of life, but also a way of making a living. There is literally no telling how many thousands of people were helped by this camp, and today a portion of this historic masterpiece is preserved to commemorate those who sojourned this path in 1862-1863. Spend some time walking the quarter-mile walkway where you’ll see six life-size bronze sculpture exhibits depicting the men, women and children who called this camp home.
Enjoy a visit to Lake Hill Motors where the back of the store is the best. Corinth’s hidden gem, the Bike Museum, is an unexpected treasure complete with motorcycles and tales. Dwayne McLemore takes great delight in his prized 30-year collection of bikes from fully restored sand cast models to WWII German cycles and everything in between. Some of McLemore’s bikes date back as far as the early 1900s. Find a favorite and he’ll be glad to give you the back story.
On Thursday nights, Corinthians let their hair down if you will, and enjoy some bluegrass jammin’ sessions at the courthouse square. If you pick a little or simply love music, show up and join in with Pickin’ on the Square.
While Corinth certainly has its share of flagship restaurants as impressive as any big city, the most unique eateries come with their own stories. Borroum’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain, for example, is Mississippi’s oldest operating drug store and soda fountain, and stands filled with artifacts and memorabilia from days gone by. The restaurant’s biggest claim to fame is the slugburger—the city’s infamous delicacy from the Depression era. Slugburgers were made from ground beef or pork and whatever “fillers” were available (soybeans, flour, etc.) to stretch the meat supply when ground beef was expensive. The burgers were fried and topped with mustard, pickles and onions and they sold for a nickel which was commonly referred to as a slug. And there’s the name—slugburger.
Abe’s Grill is the oldest diner on U.S. Highway 72 operated by the original owners and located on a Civil War Landmark (Corona College). Abe’s is “Home of the Mid-South’s Favorite Homemade Biscuit” and offers seating at a long counter on bar stools. Nothing fancy, but resonating with everyone, the diner is an eclectic mix of remembrances like a Scooby Doo lunchbox or an old car tag. Everyone leaves Abe’s with a smile on their face and a full belly.
Spend a weekend, or longer, enjoying what’s eccentric, unusual and just plain unique about Mississippi’s community of Corinth. You’ll love the people, the culture and hospitality. Honestly, what else is there? For more information on Uniquely Corinth, visit www.Corinth.net.
Perfectly nestled in the northeastern corner of Mississippi, Corinth is strategically positioned to attract visitors in search of Civil War history and Slugburgers. What guests don’t expect to find are all the hidden gems in this town where a railroad crossing became the cornerstone for a community thrust into the forefront of war.
Corinth’s heritage stems largely from Civil War battles including the Battle of Shiloh–one of the bloodiest battles within the Civil War fought just 25 miles up the road. Six months later, the Battle of Corinth was fought in October of 1862 and the once sparsely populated Corinth found itself bursting with soldiers and supplies thanks to the iconic railroad crossing. Today the Mississippi town sports a Civil War Interpretive Center that is a must-see BEFORE heading over to Shiloh National Military Park and Contraband Camp.
An authentic Southern city, Corinth roots are strong with age-old businesses and non-faltering patriotism–a classy combination for sure! Over the past few years, however, Corinth’s downtown district has evolved with boutique shopping, a coffee shop, museums, upscale dining and other fun attractions to stand alongside favorites of yesteryear like the Coliseum, Jarnigan’s and Borroum’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain just to name a few.
Corinth is a place you’ll come for the history but stay for the romantic appeal of small town USA. Find out more at Corinth.net.
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