The Belhaven Historic District offers nothing short of charm with its tree-lined streets, 1900s-era craftsmen homes, and unique businesses.

Belhaven was first established after residents sought refuge north of the city center post-Civil War. As the community grew, so did liberal arts centers like Belhaven University (c. 1883) and Millsaps College (c. 1890) that remain top academic choices. Several notable Mississippians have called Belhaven their home, including late author and photographer Eudora Welty, whose home and gardens remain open to the public for tours, classes, and events.

A typewriter once used by writer Eudora Welty on a table
The Royal Signet typewriter once used by writer Eudora Welty, on display at the Eudora Welty House and Gardens in Belhaven.

Flash forward to today, and the neighborhood is experiencing more growth and interest than ever before. With nationally-touted restaurants, theaters, eclectic shops, and seasonal events, Belhaven is a go-to spot for experiencing the creative energy of Jackson. One of the most well-known and well-loved happenings is the annual Belhaven Bright Lights, an end-of-summer event that celebrates the creative spirit of the neighborhood and its businesses. Spread throughout Belhaven and Belhaven Heights, artisans and musicians from the area are featured.

Belhaven Town Center features many of the area's notable foodie hotspots, including French and Southern-inspired Elvie's - named to the 2022 New York Times Restaurant List, New Orleans' favorite District Donuts + Sliders + Brew, craft brewery and beer garden Fertile Ground Beer Co. and Spectrum Sip shakes, loaded teas, and workout drinks. New to the center is open-air bar, Good Bar, and ice cream shop, MayDay.

Native Coffee serves up seriously good custom and seasonal blends, and Shoe Bird Cafe at Belhaven University serves students and the community alike. For dinner, you can't miss out on the dishes at The Manship and Lou's Full-Serv before heading over to the Historic Fairview Inn for an author-inspired cocktail at their Library Lounge.

New Stage Theatre is a Belhaven staple. Image: New Stage

Belhaven contains three parks to relax outdoors, including Belhaven Park, Laurel Street Park and Woodrow Wilson Park.

At New Stage Theatre, a rotating calendar showcases the best in local arts and culture.


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