10 Things to Do in Greenville That You Shouldn't Miss

March 27, 2018 Russell Mellin

Greenville is a city in, and the county seat of, Washington County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 34,400 at the 2010 census. It is located in the area of historic cotton plantations and culture known as the Mississippi Delta.
Restaurants in Greenville

1. Mississippi Delta

Greenville, MS 38701 +1 877-335-8267
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Mississippi Delta

Region (Tunica, Clarksdale, Cleveland, Greenville, Indianola, Greenwood, Yazoo County) located at the mouth of the Mississippi River that is characterized by mangrove swamps, subtropical vegetation and animal life.

Reviewed By RonWamberal - Sydney, Australia

Love coming every year for the blues festivals in Clarksdale but while Seafarer404 below may be right about the decaying towns, there is still an authenticity about the region. Skip the casinos but everything else has an authenticity and reality of people without the superficiality of the larger cities.
No other place for listening to blues music as it should be heard.

2. Winterville Mounds

2415 Highway 1 N, Greenville, MS 38703-9476 +1 662-334-4684
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Winterville Mounds

Reviewed By 335nedm

Went there 2 times with my children on a school class trip and it's informative and well maintained.

3. Greenville Cypress Preserve

314 Wetherbee St, Greenville, MS 38701-6359
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Greenville Cypress Preserve

Reviewed By Martha W - Greenville, Mississippi

The Greenville Cypress Preserve is a quiet nature preserve with a walking trail and educational kiosks. It provides natural beauty and charm to Greenville, while providing a safe walking or jogging trail. At the same time, it serves as a nature preserve, giving flora and fauna a place to thrive. The Greenville Cypress Preserve was started by the Greenville Garden Club, and is maintained by the Greenville Cypress Preserve Trust.

4. Belmont Plantation

3498 Mississippi 1 South, Greenville, MS 38780 +1 901-652-1390
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5 based on 19 reviews

Belmont Plantation

Belmont Plantation, Est 1857 is the last antebellum mansion along the river in the Mississippi Delta, standing at over 9,000 square feet. The house and the grounds are currently undergoing an extensive restoration but are already available for weddings, events, tours, accommodations, and luxury sportsmen excursions!​

Reviewed By Debi C

We have visited Belmont several times & have enjoyed every minute each time! The owner & staff could not be more accommodating. If you are looking for a true antebellum home experience then this is the place to see. The architecture of this home is beautiful & the owner has furnished her with gorgeous period furniture. We will definitely return to visit this southern lady!

5. River Road Queen Welcome Center

Highway 82 and Reed Road, Greenville, MS +1 662-332-2378
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4 based on 21 reviews

River Road Queen Welcome Center

Reviewed By luvdatcat - Eudora, Arkansas

I travel to Greenville frequently and never see visitors at this center...another government waste of tax payer funds!!! Greenville is not large enough, nor interesting enough to have this center that should be long closed.

6. E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center

323 S Main St, Greenville, MS 38701-4746 +1 662-332-2246
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center

Reviewed By Citallwic - Columbia, South Carolina

The 1901 Armitage Herschell Carousel housed in the former gym of this ordinary-looking recycled school building is the crown jewel of the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center and a historic treasure that any town would be proud to put on display. This rare gem is in working condition too! The brochure we were given says that the carousel operates only on Saturdays. We were able to ride it on a Sunday, but perhaps special arrangements were made for our tour group. If riding the carousel is a vital consideration, be sure to call ahead to verify operating times.

The art galleries are interesting, but not noteworthy.

7. 1927 Flood Museum

118 South Hinds, Greenville, MS 38701 +1 662-378-6998
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4 based on 13 reviews

1927 Flood Museum

Reviewed By LouisianaDeltagirl - Mississippi

This is a small museum with interesting and informative information about the 1927 Mississippi River flood. Unbelievable photos showing the evacuation and living arrangements on top of levees. If you read "Rising Tide" you will relive the book through this museum.

8. Century of History Museum at the Hebrew Union Temple

504 Main St, Greenville, MS 38701-4044 +1 662-332-4153
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Century of History Museum at the Hebrew Union Temple

Reviewed By Citallwic - Columbia, South Carolina

Our guided tour began in the Hebrew Union Temple and continued into the adjoining Century of History Museum. The historic (1906) Temple has many interesting features, including gorgeous stained glass windows. The compact, tidy museum, which is accessed via a photo-filled Wall of Memories hallway, has exhibits and memorabilia dealing with the activities, accomplishments and contributions of Greenville’s Jewish community through the years.

The museum’s historical narrative is very interesting, even surprising. Odd as it may seem in a Mississippi Delta context, Greenville's Jewish community has played a very important role in the town's political, economic, and social life dating all the way back to the early settlement years. (Greenville's first mayor and first merchant were Jewish immigrants.) I particularly enjoyed viewing the room devoted to military service exhibits.

The museum’s posted hours are 9:00 am to noon, Monday through Friday.

Addendum: Greenville’s Jewish population tallied almost 200 families in the early 1960s and was the largest concentration of Jews in Mississippi. The population is much smaller now, only about 50 families, so the Hebrew Union Congregation must get help from the Greenville community at large if it is to offer guided tours. Claude Marchesini, the very friendly and knowledgeable docent who greeted and guided us, is a Catholic.

9. Greenville History Museum

409 Washington Ave, Greenville, MS 38701-3617 +1 662-335-5802
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4 based on 6 reviews

Greenville History Museum

Reviewed By Citallwic - Columbia, South Carolina

Browsing the many interesting exhibits in this small museum took about 30 minutes, and we came away feeling that it was a half hour well spent. The life of the Greenville community is documented from the late 1800s through the 1970s. Each area of the museum is themed, with exhibits on Fads and Fascinations, The Turn of the Century, The Great Flood of 1927, The 1960s and 1970s, etc. Space in this recycled commercial building has been used very intelligently, so the museum doesn’t appear cluttered even though it contains a surprisingly large collection of memorabilia, artifacts, photos, and news clippings.

Inspecting the old photos and news clippings was very entertaining. Some even hold little surprises. For example, Greenville native Shelby Foote, a historian who was prominently featured in Ken Burn’s “The Civil War” TV series on PBS, appears in several photos of mid-1930s vintage.

A sign on the door of the museum states that it is open daily 10-5, but a website that posts information about Greenville museums lists the hours as 9-5. (If you need clarification, call the Washington County Museum Coordinator at 662-378-6998.) Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 15. The museum is privately funded and receives no federal/state/local subsidies or grants.

10. Washington County Courthouse

900 Washington Ave, Greenville, MS 38701-3752 +1 662-378-8355
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4 based on 6 reviews

Washington County Courthouse

Reviewed By Citallwic - Columbia, South Carolina

After visiting the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center and its wonderful 1901 carousel, we walked a few blocks to have a look at the historic Washington County Courthouse. This courthouse, which was constructed in 1890 to replace a building burned by Union troops during the Civil War, was built of Illinois brownstone in the Richardson Romanesque style. Personally, I think this building is too massive-looking to be called beautiful, but it’s certainly impressive. I still don’t know for sure why the windows of the courthouse belfry have been permanently sealed (see photo).

The courthouse grounds, which have been designated the Courthouse Arboretum, are planted to magnolias and other native trees. An eye-catching feature of the arboretum is a tall Confederate monument topped by the statue of a southward-gazing soldier. It's one of the better photo ops I've seen lately.

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