Words by Paige Townley
Tucked into the corner of northeast Mississippi is Corinth, a small city big on culture and charm. From historic attractions and unique events to culinary offerings and sought-after shopping, it’s a destination that serves up a little something for everyone. So whether you’re looking for your next weekend getaway or simply plan to just pass through, there’s so much waiting to be explored.
Corinth’s history runs deep. The area played a significant role in the Civil War, with a major battle, Shiloh, being fought between Union and Confederate militaries. This history comes alive at numerous local landmarks and attractions. It all starts with Shiloh National Military Park, a hallowed ground where the battle occurred. The Park features a 12.7-mile tour of the battlefields, as well as exhibits, films, and artifacts that bring the history to life. The Civil War Interpretive Center shines the light on Corinth’s complete Civil War history through its 15,000 square feet of space that houses interactive exhibits, videos, and even a memorial garden. The history continues at Corinth Contraband Camp, which shares the story of how more than 6,000 newly freed African Americans made the move toward freedom. For a truly unique viewpoint of the Civil War, visitors can step inside the Verandah-Curlee House, which is where Confederate military leaders planned the 1862 attack on Union troops. Another must-see Corinth landmark is the Crossroads Museum & Historic Depot, which showcases artifacts from the Civil War, as well as other significant aspects of the city’s railroad history.
Corinth is a destination known for its past, but the present day comes alive with the city’s calendar of events. That’s thanks, in part, to Corinth’s grand venues, such as the Crossroads Playhouse, the home of Corinth Theatre-Arts, Corinth Coliseum, and Trailhead Yard. The city hosts ever-popular events like the Slugburger Festival, an annual event that will be held July 11 through 13 this year.
Southern fare is served at its finest in Corinth, along with a heaping helping of hospitality. But along with the comfort food classics, the city’s eateries are also known for dishing out delectable international cuisine as well. So in addition to meat-and-three favorites, it’s just as easy to find tasty tamales, authentic Thai stir fries, and even falafel and kababs.
Corinth is synonymous with shopping. From its downtown district to the shops dispersed all throughout the city, there are opportunities to find everything from clothing and shoes to jewelry and home décor, not to mention a locally-made memento to serve as a reminder of fun times that can only be had in Corinth.
Ready to plan your Corinth getaway? Learn more at corinth.net.