'Must See Mississippi' Evokes the Spirit of the State

Must See Mississippi: 50 Favorite Places is a guided tour through the Magnolia State’s historic locales, ranging from the graceful swinging bridge at Tishomingo State Park to the Biloxi lighthouse. Each featured location contributes a unique piece of the state’s rich and multilayered history, told in Mary Carol Miller’s text and more than 100 full-color photographs from Mary Rose Carter.

Carter and Miller have selected a comprehensive list of their favorite places, but those expecting a book full of typical Mississippi landmarks may be disappointed. In his introduction, Greg Iles points out that “Must See Mississippi is not the ‘obvious’ book on Mississippi architecture and the history behind it. This book is a record of more subtle treasures, those likely to be missed on a first or even second journey to our state.”

The scenes depicted and described in this book are geographically diverse, covering as many areas of the state as possible. Some of the places included are the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Little Red Schoolhouse, the Lyceum, Tate County Courthouse, Neshoba County Fairgrounds, and the Eudora Welty House.

Each of these sites is listed on the National Register of Historic Places or is eligible for such a designation. Of the more than 1200 listings from Mississippi, the authors have chosen these 50 to represent the best of the state. From courthouses to college halls to fairgrounds and battlefields, Must See Mississippi carries the reader through a fascinating corner of America.

Mary Carol Miller and Mary Rose Carter from Greenwood, Miss., are coauthors of Great Houses of Mississippi and Written in the Bricks. Miller is also the author of Lost Landmarks of Mississippi and Lost Mansions of Mississippi, which won the Mississippi Library Association Non-Fiction Award in 1997. Greg Iles of Natchez, Miss., is the best-selling author of numerous novels, including True Evil, Turning Angel, and Blood Memory.