Yesterday I visited Itawamba County’s museum in the woods – the Jamie L. Whitten Historical Center and Park located just north of Fulton on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. The center, designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District, includes an interesting museum with exhibits created by several Federal agencies involved in the economic development of Mississippi’s beautiful hill country including The Appalachian Regional Commission, Tennessee Valley Authority, USDA and Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Park Service and the U.S. Forestry Service. Several of the exhibits are multi-media displays and many illustrate the rich history and heritage of this area.
The historical center also includes a modern auditorium and a large covered terrace overlooking the beautiful waterway below. There is a gift shop area featuring regional books and other unique gift items. But this center is just a small part of the large complex which includes picnic pavilions, nature trails, boat ramp, paved volley ball and basket ball courts and a large camping area. The next time you are in Itawamba County, discover the rich history and heritage of Mississippi’s scenic hill country by visiting the Jamie L. Whitten Historical Center at 100 Campground Road just off the John E. Rankin Scenic Highway north of Fulton. It will be a fun time well spent.