Often referred to as Mississippi’s Gateway City, Corinth is the entrance to a region steeped in history and splendor. Standing at the crossroads of the past and present, you will find that Corinth is both easy to find and hard to leave.
Start your tour of the Corinth Area at the Crossroads Museum. Housed in the Corinth Depot, the museum traces the region, from Paleozoic fossils, to Chickasaw Indian artifacts, to Corinth’s role in the Civil War. View Civil War artifacts discovered in the Corinth Area and finish with a look at exhibits from the 20th Century and historic photographs.
Step outside to view the famous Crossroads, the smallest square footage ever fought over during the Civil War. This railroad crossover of the Memphis & Charleston and Mobile & Ohio Railroads was the catalyst for Corinth’s existence and strategic military significance.
Next stop is the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center. This National Historic Landmark site is the Corinth Unit of Shiloh National Military Park. The $9.5 million center explores six major themes with a variety of programs and exhibits. Themes include the role of the railroad, the role of earthworks and fortifications, the African American experience, Corinth as a military learning ground, the Shiloh-Corinth corridor, and America before and after the Civil War. The exhibits use the most innovative and high-tech audio-visual techniques to present the story.
Next, take the short drive to visit the historic Verandah-Curlee House, built in 1857 by Hamilton Mask, co-founder of Corinth. The Verandah-Curlee House is one of Corinth’s 16 National Historic Landmarks. The home served as headquarters for both Confederate and Union Generals during the Civil War. The Verandah-Curlee House also serves as the starting point for the Historic Residential Driving Tour. These are some of the area’s best-known homes and present a myriad of architectural styles.
Only a few blocks away is Historic Downtown Corinth. Take a few hours to tour Downtown Corinth and visit the legendary establishments. Visit Borroum’s Drug Store, founded in 1865. Borroum’s is Mississippi’s oldest continuously operated drugstore, where sodas are still prepared the old-fashioned way. Or visit Waits Jewelry, founded in 1866 by a Civil War veteran. Stop by Biggers’ Hardware, which opened its doors in 1918 and is currently in the fourth generation.
From downtown, visit the Corinth National Cemetery and Black History Museum. The Black History Museum, located on Meigg Street, tells the story of the contributions of the African- American community and the roles they have played in shaping American society. On Horton Street is the Corinth National Cemetery, the final resting place for 1,793 known and 3,895 unknown Federal soldiers representing 273 regiments and 15 states. Also interred in the cemetery are veterans from World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq.
A short distance from the National Cemetery is the site of the Corinth Contraband Camp. Built in 1862 to house escaped slaves seeking refuge with the Union Army at Corinth, the 400-acre camp had a successful working farm, church, commissary, hospital, school, and housing area. As many as 6,000 former slaves resided in what was considered a “model camp.” The present site comprises 21-acres with pedestrian promenade and interpretive exhibits.
For those interested in venturing out into Alcorn County, visit Jacinto Courthouse located off Hwy 356, approximately eight miles east of Rienzi. Completed in 1854, the two-story federal style courthouse tells a compelling story of bygone glory days of a bustling southern boomtown. The courthouse includes a park area, walking trails, and RV hookups. Scattered throughout Alcorn County are remnants of the Civil War. Civil War earthworks, a system of fortifications, was built in and around Corinth by the Federal and Confederate armies. These earthworks are recognized National Historic Landmarks. Maps are available at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center.
Combine an enjoyable bike-ride with stops at historic sites in Corinth and Alcorn County by traveling the Corinth Hiking/Biking Trail. Start at Trailhead Park in Downtown Corinth and travel through the historic Corinth area to unique earthworks and attractions. This unique 20-mile trail stretches through Corinth and into Alcorn County.
Corinth is within a 30-minute drive from Shiloh National Military Park, site of the historic and bloody battle on April 6th and 7th in 1862. The Park has a 9.5-mile self-guided tour and a film, Shiloh-Portrait of a Battle. The Park is open every day except Christmas.
For detailed information on the attractions, please call Corinth Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 800-748-9048 or visit our website, www.corinth.net. Come hear the rest of the story.