The Magnolia State: Wiggins, Hattiesburg and Natchez, Mississippi 

After some family farewells and a beautiful sunrise on the Panhandle of Florida, our sites turn to Mississippi.    Our backroad journey took us past and through many state and national forests. It is the time of year for prescribed burns.    At first glance it is both concerning and frightening to see the blue sky turn to smokey brown billowing clouds.  Thankfully the forest service has a plan.

Wiggins, Mississippi is on the edge of the DeSoto State Forest. There are hiking trails and lots of wildlife. Can you see the deer?    Wiggins was a timber industry town, and still sustains many lumber related businesses. At one time,Wiggins had been known for its pickle production.  It claimed to be home to the world’s largest pickle processing facility. Unfortunately for me and probably Wiggins, the pickle processing facility closed and moved to Texas in the 1980’s. Fortunately they have a great donut shop.Feeling guilty after our morning donuts, we stopped at a fruit stand. Mostly because of the giant watermelon beckoning us. Not only was there no watermelon, there was no fruit.   

We did have a great brunch with a dear friend who lives in Hattiesburg. Her home as warm and welcoming as she is. The restaurant, Cotton Blues has a great southern menu and decor to match. About two hours west of Hattiesburg is Natchez. Our bed and breakfast, Bluff Top, overlooks the Mississippi River. The home was built in the mid 1800’s and it is in beautiful condition.Natchez has homes which date back to the Early 1700’s and it’s history dates back with the Native Americans several hundred more years. 

We walked along the Mighty Mississippi and explored the town a little. We booked a mansion tour for the morning and relaxed by the blooming honeysuckle vines and blossoming magnolia trees. We had yet another meal. This one at Biscuits and Blues. How could we refuse Southern Pecan Beer and crawfish nachos in Natchez?  


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