Founded by Houston Mitchell and Hamilton Mask in 1854, Corinth, Mississippi, was once billed as the Crossroads of the South because of the importance the city’s railroads played during the Civil War. Those two rail lines which crossed over each other at city center, made Corinth one of the most strategic transportation hubs fought over by both the Union and Confederate armies.
Today the Crossroads Museum and Historic Corinth Depot sits only a few feet from railroad tracks that remain busy with frequent traffic from freight trains.
In the mid to late 1800s, ithe Memphis & Charleston and the Mobile & Ohio railroads paved the way for Norfolk Southern and Kansas City Southern today. With views of the famous crossroads from the safety of inside the museum, the museum is a train enthusiast’s dream come true. A new construction on the grounds will also allow visitors rare conductor-level views of passing trains from a second-level viewing platform above a historic fire truck display.
In addition to railroad and Civil War history, the museum is home to thousands of artifacts detailing the city’s rich history in both cultural and industrial pursuits. Exhibits pay homage to aviation pioneer Roscoe Turner, baseball star Don Blasingame, NFL great Jackie Simpson, a Rotary Club’s impact on the community and a Southern delicacy known as the hot tamale.
The museum is also home to the resourceful Margaret Greene Rogers Library as well as a gift shop where visitors can find the perfect souvenir. Adjacent to the depot, visitors can climb aboard a vintage train caboose and snap the perfect selfie in front of the bright red machine. Another great photo spot cis in the front courtyard where a Civil War cannon used during the Battle of Shiloh sits.
Not only is the museum and depot a great place to visit, community benefits are also plentiful. From the availability of rental space inside the depot and on depot grounds to the many events that highlight the area’s history and culture, the museum helps preserve the past and shape the future.
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Board of Directors:
Ben Tucker – President
Willie Walker – Vice President
Morgan Williams – Secretary
Jack Griffith – Treasurer
John C. Ross
Ella Jean Whalen