Greenwood, Mississippi, is a town steeped in rich history, delicious cuisine, and captivating locales. This charming Southern town, known as the heart and soul of the Delta, offers visitors an unforgettable experience sure to leave a lasting impression. From winding streets and stunning vistas to the vibrant arts scene, Greenwood, Mississippi, has something for everyone.
The people of Greenwood are known for their heartwarming hospitality, and visitors are greeted with a welcoming smile wherever they go. Shop owners, restaurateurs, tour guides, and homeowners are eager to share their stories and make visitors feel right at home.
Greenwood and the surrounding Delta have abundance that goes beyond the fertile soil that binds them—history, arts, food, blues, outdoors, festivals, music, and so much more.
The Emmett Till statue is one of the many significant historic landmarks in Greenwood. Visitors can explore the rich history of the region and learn about the people and events that helped shape it into what it is today. Greenwood has this itinerary for those interested in Civil Rights history.
Not a history buff? Art lovers from near and far are magnetized to the town’s vibrant arts scene with galleries and studios showcasing the works of talented local artists.
For those whose idea of art is the kind created on a plate, food enthusiasts can sample award-winning cuisine from local restaurants or learn to cook like a pro at one of the many themed classes at the famous Viking Cooking School. Click here for a good summary of Greenwood’s culinary offerings.
Outdoor types can find stunning vistas and breathtaking sunsets along with many opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of the area, from a leisurely stroll through one of Greenwood’s many parks to a challenging hike through a nearby nature area.
For event goers, one of the most exciting events of the year in Greenwood, “Que on the Yazoo” barbecue festival, is coming up April 28 and 29. Visitors can enjoy a barbecue cooking competition, live music, and all sorts of activities for culinary activities. Best of all, admission is free, making it easy to enjoy all the festivities without blowing the budget.
For those interested in the blues, from B.B. King’s birthplace to Robert Johnson’s grave, the Greenwood area is a blues fan’s dream and the perfect starting point to the Mississippi Blues Trail. Greenwood can also be the perfect starting point to a thriving live music scene throughout the Delta. Click here for Greenwood’s blues history itinerary.
Greenwood’s catchphrase, “Stay and Stray,” encourages visitors to make the town their home base and explore the Delta’s vibrant culture in every direction. There are plenty of accommodations, from the luxurious five-star Alluvian Hotel & Spa to Tallahatchie Flats (six rustic sharecropper-type cabins on the bank of the Tallahatchie River) to cozy bed-and-breakfasts or short-term rentals with fascinating histories. This list of Greenwood accommodations has something for everyone.
Whether visitors are planning a weekend getaway or a more extended stay, they can “find their beat” from Greenwood, the heart of the Delta.
- by Erin Byers Murray