This 40-acre complex located in the heart of the city celebrates 40 years in 2023, bringing to life Mississippi’s rich agricultural heritage.
A 40,000-square-foot Heritage Center traces the history of agriculture and forestry through an extensive collection of artifacts and lifelike exhibits from the early contributions of the Choctaw population, to turn-of-the-century forest conservation, to modern catfish farming. The enchanting Fitzgerald Collection exhibit is tucked away behind the Heritage Center and features a museum-quality collection of antiques from the Fitzgeralds of Inverness, Mississippi. Outside, the Fortenberry-Parkman Farm restoration and Bisland Cotton Gin, both circa 1860, tell the story of farm life in early Mississippi. Walk down Main Street in “Small Town, Mississippi” (circa 1920) and spend a day in the lives of the people who once toiled and worshiped in these buildings. The General Store is located in the middle of Small Town, where you can sit a spell and play checkers on its front porch, or pop inside for old-fashioned toys, treats, local produce and honey, and the Museum's line of jarred goods and take-home casseroles.
The Children’s Barnyard and Exhibit Barn let kids and kids-at-heart get up close to farm animals and historic and modern agriculture machinery. The Display and Agriculture Gardens provide enjoyment year-round with the award-winning Rose Garden, medicinal plants, herbs, and pollinator-friendly flora. The museum is also home to the National Agricultural Aviation Museum, where actual planes are on display that once flew over Southern farmland. Wrap up your visit with a walk on the serene Nature Trail, where visitors can experience the beautiful natural landscape of middle Mississippi.
Open Monday thru Saturday from 9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.
General admission: $6 for adults, $5 for ages 3-17, military personnel, seniors
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Family Friendly
- Good for Groups
- Meeting/Event Space
- Tours Available
- Age Discounts
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