The Mississippi Delta

The Mississippi Delta has often been described as “The Most Southern Place on Earth.” The delta name officially refers to the triangular strip of land wedged between the Mississippi River to the west and the Yazoo River to the east. It begins in Memphis, Tenn., and ends somewhere north of Vicksburg, Miss. The area has a history marked by heartache and poverty. But out of the ashes of despair rose a genre of music that would shape pop culture and influence artists like the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Jimmie Hendrix. Visitors to the area are usually greeted with a warm smile that’s a signature of a Southerner’s tendency to show hospitality and make guests feel welcome. The towns are small, but charming. Mixed in with the haunting tales and winding back roads is breathtaking scenery you aren’t likely to find anywhere else. A visit to the Delta is not only a lesson in history, but also an enlightening glimpse into a simpler way of life.