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History

See history with your own eyes. You might have seen the documentary or read the book, now it is time to see the places and hear new stories about events that changed America’s history. Greenville Washington County is rich in history. Please contact your museum coordinator to experience all of our museums and take a trip through history.

Greenville Air Force Base Museum

Mid Delta Regional Airport, Mezzanine Level, Greenville, MS 38701 • 662-334-3121

The base opened for training in August, 1941. The Greenville Army Flying School instructed thousands of U.S. airmen and women, as well as NATO cadets, Air Force firefighters, and emergency medical personnel. This museum tells their story from the darkest days of WWII through the Cold War.

Greenville History Museum

409 Washington Avenue, Greenville, MS 38701 • 662-335-5802

Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Housed in the meticulously restored Miller Building, the museum provides a unique glimpse into life in Greenville from the late 1800’s through the 1970’s. A fascinating collection of memorabilia, artifacts, photographs, and news clippings take visitors through each day of the historic 1927 flood as well as other important events and cultural collections indicative of the area.

Hebrew Union Temple, Century of History Museum

504 Main Street, Greenville, MS 38701 • 662-332-4153

The Century of History Museum details the contributions and culture of Greenville’s Jewish residents since 1867. Important memorabilia as well as stories and photographs are displayed here.

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Old #1 Firehouse Museum

230 Main Street, Greenville, MS 38701 • 800-467-3582 • 662-334-2711

Monday - Friday; Weekends by appointment
Contact: Mike Bostic, Museum Coordinator

Take a journey into fire fighting history at this vintage fire station, circa 1923. From antique fire trucks to hands-on interactive exhibits, this meticulously restored firehouse leaves visitors with a new appreciation for courageous firefighters, past and present.

River Road Queen Welcome Center

Highway 82 and Reed Road, Greenville, MS 38703 • 662-332-2378

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Great River Road parallels the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana. In similar grand tradition, our state Welcome Center resembles the Victorian riverboats that once ruled the Mighty Mississippi. This unique structure originally served as the State of Mississippi Exhibit in the 1984 New Orleans World’s Fair. Today it’s also home to unique Delta exhibits. Stop in and stay a while as you learn about all the amazing sights and sounds Washington County and the great state of Mississippi have to offer. The River Road Queen Welcome Center hosts many special events during the year.

The Flood of 1927 Museum

118 South Hinds, between Main and Washington Avenue, Greenville, MS 38701 • 662-378-6998 • 662-334-2711 • 1-800-467-3582

Monday - Friday; Weekends by appointment
Contact: Mike Bostic, Museum Coordinator

Exhibited in the oldest structure in Downtown Greenville, this museum presents the history of one of the greatest natural disasters this country has ever known. On Thursday April 21st 1927, at 7:45 A.M., the levee at Stops Landing, 8 miles north of Greenville, broke due to the pressure from the swollen Mississippi River and created the greatest single crevasse ever to occur anywhere on the river. View actual flood artifacts and photographs illustrating the flood’s impact on life and death during the four months Greenville and the Mississippi Delta was inundated. Screen the twelve-minute documentary video superbly illustrating the cause and effect of the Great flood of ’27 and the ensuing struggle of man against nature.

Winterville Indian Mounds and Museum

2415 Highway 1 North, Winterville, MS 38782 • 662-334-4684 • Fax: 662-378-5559

Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Directions: Winterville Mounds is located on Mississippi Highway 1, six miles north at intersection of Highways 82 and Highway 1 in Greenville, Mississippi.

A National Historic Landmark, the Indian Mounds at Winterville constitute one of North America’s most significant pre-Columbian archeological sites. Twelve mounds, including the massive 55-foot-tall Temple Mound, contrast dramatically with the flat Delta landscape. The on-site museum tells the story of an advanced North American civilization that once thrived in this location from about A.D. 1000 to 1450.

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