I recently took 44 Mississippi Gulf Coast residents to the Mississippi Delta. Many people when the word “Mississippi Delta” is mentioned wonder why you would want to go there.
But there is so much to see and do in the Mississippi Delta. There is so much music and great food and then there are the wonderful museums in the region.
The Grammy Museum in Cleveland is a must for anyone who is traveling to the Delta. There is a new Taylor Swift exhibit there which will be at the Museum thorough August of this year. While I am not a huge Taylor Swift fan I thought the ten minute video showing all the awards and some of her major songs was really well done. Then there is an entire room where you learn so much about the Grammy award winner.
One of the highlights for me at the museum is the soundstage that shows all of the Grammy winners. It is about a twenty minute film and I watched it twice this time at the museum. There is country, gospel, rock and rap represented. It is so well done. You see several seconds of some of the major artist of our time.
In addition you have the chance to play musical instruments at the museum but no one but you will hear how it sounds. This is something that even those who do not play an instrument will find interesting. The cost to get into the museum is only ten dollars and it is worth every penny. The museum is open year round.
Another place to visit in the Delta is the Delta Blues Museum located on Highway 61 in Leland, Ms. There you will find a wide variety of articles and posters showing the major blues artist of our time. If you are lucky you might find Pat Thomas singing to the visitors to the museum. His dad Son Thomas was one of the most popular blues singer to come out of Leland, Mississippi. He will entertain you with his singing as well as draw a cat caricature for you.
The cost to get into the museum is only six dollars so it is quite a bargin. The museum is open every day and the two times I have been there you rarely see anyone there. It is a hidden gem in the Delta.
Another small museum in the Delta is the Jim Henson museun in Leland. There you will learn how Jim Henson was inspired about his surroundings to design the various muppet characters. You can have your picture taken with Miss Piggy and many other Muffets. There is no charge to visit this museum but a donation is accepted.
If you want to see where the blues began in the Delta then head out to Dockery Farms just a few miles outside Cleveland. At one time it was a thriving plantation with hundreds of workers. After work many of the planation workers would love to play where is known to us as the Blues. So over time historians say this is where the Blues really started in the Delta. There are a few buildings still standings and they are located right off the road. There are a few buttons to push on some of the buildings which tells the story of how Blues started on the plantation.
It is rustic but authenic and something that I like to see when I travel.
At a later time I will add some of the wonderful restaurants we had a chance to visit.