Posted by: RasmaSandra | July 4, 2019

Mississippi Off the Beaten Path

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The creator of The Muppets, Jim Henson was born in Greenville in 1936. As a boy, he played in the swamplands of Leland.

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This small town now claims that it is the birthplace of his most famous Muppet creation Kermit the Frog. The small museum is housed in two rooms in the Leland Chamber of Commerce and displays puppets and memorabilia honoring Kermit the Frog. Henson’s boyhood friend was Kermit Scott and is the one that the character of Kermit the Frog is based on.

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Once Leland had established this Muppet museum they were given the original Muppet figures of Dr. Teeth, The Swedish Chef, and Chester the Rat to display. When these puppets were returned to the Jim Henson Company the original Kermit the Frog puppet was donated by Henson’s wife. Visitors can have their photos taken with a giant stuffed Kermit.

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Rowan Oak in Oxford is a two-story Greek Revival home which was built by planter Colonel Robert Sheegog in the 1840s. This is the home where author William Faulkner wrote many or this legendary Southern gothic tales. Faulkner named his home in honor of the mythical rowan tree which is considered to be a tree of peace and security. The family lived in the home until Faulkner’s death in 1962.

This is where Faulkner lived when he won a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and the Nobel Prize for Literature. In 1972 the house was sold to the University of Mississippi. Today visitors can tour the house and the grounds.

Grave of the Lady in Red

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It was in the summer of 1969 when the farmhands on Egypt Plantation in Cruger were digging. Suddenly they dug up an old coffin that was made of cast-iron and glass and a body could be visible inside. It was the body of a young woman in a red velvet dress, white gloves, and square-toes boots. It was unusual that the body had not decomposed. The coffin had been filled with preservative alcohol and sealed. Local historians had no luck discovering her identity and she was reburied in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Lexington marking her birth date as 1835 and date of death 1969 the year discovered. People intrigued by this go to visit the grave of the Lady in Red.

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Clark Creek Nature Area in Woodville is an amazing place with more than 50 waterfalls, some over 30 feet tall. Here you can enjoy the beauty of nature, hike, and cycle.

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There are large beech and magnolia trees. It is a wonderful state park to explore. The hardwood forest has some rare flora which has been carefully marked.

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Sky Lake in Belzoni was occupied by Native American several thousand years ago. Here you can see some ancient bald cypresses.

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Sky Lake is an abandoned channel of the Mississippi River.

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 Mitchell Farms in Collins has been in business since 1960. This is a great place to visit where you can pick your own tomatoes and peaches.

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The farm also offers other fresh fruits and vegetables including peanuts.

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You can tour the farm and the on-site historic cabin filled with memorabilia collected through the years.

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The Noxabee National Wildlife Refuge is home to a wide variety of wildlife native to Mississippi. All around there is wonderful natural beauty. The boardwalk at Doyle Arm offers great bird watching and is a feeding area for migratory birds.

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This is a great place to see alligators in their natural habitat.

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  1. Great to learn the origins of Kermit the Frog!

    • I thought that was one of the best on this blog post. I have always been a Kermit fan, Christy.

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