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While much of Jackson’s historic buildings, including many fine antebellum homes, disappeared under successive waves of urban renewal, you can still get a sense of the city’s past in the Belhaven neighborhood, bounded by Riverside Drive, I–55, Fortification Street and North State Street. Cruise or walk along Poplar or Peachtree Streets to see some distinctive dwellings, which can also be seen on Carlisle and Fairview. At the center of the neighborhood sits Belhaven University and the Eudora Welty House, which is open for tours.
Another interesting part of Jackson history can be seen at the 600 block of Pearl Street, where a plaque commemorates the site of the Subway Lounge. The legendary juke joint occupied the basement of a former hotel that was eventually razed, but not before it saw some truly memorable performances by legendary blues musicians. It is said that the ghosts of blues greats haunt the former locations of Ace Records, Trumpet Records and Speir Phonograph Company, all along Farish Street just outside of downtown Jackson.