Jackson MS Area Homes is the Capital City for the state. It is also centrally located and a hub to central Mississippi. People refer to the Jackson MS Area when also referring to and including the many municipalities and communities surrounding the capital city. Jackson MS Area Homes residents enjoy their proximity to the capital city and the amenities it offers. A few of these larger areas include Madison, Ridgeland, Brandon, and Flowood. But there are several others that are also part of the Jackson Area. A few more of these Jackson MS Area towns include Canton, Clinton, Byrum, Florence, and Pearl. Jackson MS Area Homes are especially pretty during Spring.
Jackson is home not only to government institutions but to many museums and attractions. People from all over the state and the country come to visit, but locals and surrounding communities enjoy everything it has to offer on a regular basis. It truly is the hub of central Mississippi - and the state!
Jackson Mississippi is rich in history. It was established in 1821 and named after Andrew Jackson. The location was chosen because of the transportation available on the Pearl River and the Natchez Trace. Today, Jackson is one of the stops on the Blues Trail and is known for R&B music, gospel, and soul. Museums and exhibits support the history.
Museums, exhibits, and activities to see and enjoy when living in Jackson or the surrounding areas are numerous. Included within the city of Jackson are the Old Capitol Museum, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Museum of Mississippi History, Mississippi Children’s Museum, Eudora Welty House and Garden, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Medgar Evers Home Museum, Mississippi Museum of Art, Municipal Art Gallery, The Oaks Museum House, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, Smith Roberston Museum and Cultural Center, and the Russell C. Davis Planetarium.
Jackson Mississippi hosts many cultural events, entertainment venues, and exhibits throughout the year enjoyed by all of the surrounding areas.
Each year in February, residents of the area look forward to The Dixie National Rodeo. The Dixie National Rodeo is the largest professional rodeo east of the Mississippi River. It has been nominated as one of the top five rodeos for five consecutive years by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. On the heels of the rodeo there is the annual Hal & Mal’s St. Paddy’s Day parade. Plenty of locally bottled craft beer from Cathead Distillery in Jackson and other Mississippi craft beer breweries, local and big-name bands draw people from all around Jackson. St. Paddy activities for kids and a pet parade sponsored by Mississippi Animal Rescue League and Hollywood Feed have become big hits with families.
For two weeks in June each year, ballet and dance enthusiasts enjoy watching the United States International Ballet Competition (USIBC). The International Ballet Competition is an olympic style competition for the most serious dancers from all over the world vying for medals and awards leading to more recognitions and professional dancing careers. Many Jackson area residents involved in the performing arts participate in making this the huge success it has become. It takes place in what was the Jackson Municipal Auditorium but renamed in 1975 to Thalia Mara Hall. Miss Thalia Mara helped establish professional ballet in Mississippi and ultimately was able to get the competition to locate to Jackson.
Each Christmas Season brings the Nutcracker tradition to Jackson. Thalia Mara Hall hosts the annual Nutcracker Ballet presented by Ballet Mississippi. For more than 25 years this performance has been an anticipated event.
Appreciate live performance? You are in luck. New Stage Theatre presents a pleasing variety of plays including a holiday show and plays by the masters, classical contemporary plays, and new “and trending” plays. Five great shows a year. New Stage stays involved promoting performing arts all year by enriching the community with Summer camps, classes, workshops, residencies, a youth acting troupe, and much more.
The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is also a fantastic addition to the arts in the Jackson, Mississippi area. It is the largest orchestra in the state and performs more than 120 concerts statewide. The MSO also encourages young musicians with its Mississippi Youth Orchestra (in which one of my daughters participated as a young violinist). Pepsi Pops on the Ross Barnett Reservoir at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland is one of their largest outdoor events and is highly anticipated each May. The home stage for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra is also at the famous, Thalia Mara Hall.
Many other events are also cherished by local residents as traditions. A few of these traditions include Mistletoe Marketplace by the Junior League of Jackson, Bagwell Antique Show, The Home Show, Garden Extravaganza, Jackson Gun Show, Hot Wheels Monster Truck, Mississippi State Fair, the Singing Christmas Tree on the beautiful campus of Belhaven University, and the Mississippi High School Athletic Association Basketball Championship each year at the Coliseum.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center is the teaching medical school and hospital located in Jackson, Mississippi where major research and medical innovation has changed lives and the world. Dr. James D. Hardy and his surgical team became the first to successfully transplant a lung from one human to another on June 11, 1963, leading to other successful transplants of the heart and liver. UMC is still recognized today for academic excellence and as a leader in innovative research.
Many beautiful homes on tree lined streets in established neighborhoods grace Northeast Jackson. LeFleurs Overlay and the Sheffield Homeowner’s Association along with the neighborhood of the Eastover District have been created to help homeowners in the area maintain property values by improving their neighborhoods to insure residents continue to enjoy the convenience of their location.
Fondren has become somewhat of a trendy “boho” district with a distinctive business vibe promoting creative festivals and local gourmet chefs and restaurants. It borders on the historic Belhaven neighborhood near downtown and hospitals. It is home to the iconic Brents Drugs, where ordering a milkshake is a must to accompany one of their delicious "old fashioned quality" sandwiches!
Belhaven and Fondren have several local restaurants that people in Jackson and surrounding areas make a trip to enjoy including The Manship, Hal & Mal’s, Lou’s Full Serve, Barrell House, Elvie’s, Babalu Tacos and Tapas, Walker’s Drive In, Fairview Inn, Pig & Pint BBQ, Sal & Mookies, and Kiefer's to name a few. “Find it in Fondren” is their business slogan.
Highland Village Shopping on the corner of Northside Drive and I-55 has been a Jackson Landmark since 1960 when the average home price was just a little over $11,000. Many people in neighboring cities and people just passing through Northeast Jackson, Mississippi find it extremely convenient for shopping. Highland Village is still a vibrant corner with many designer shops mixed in with local shops, eateries, and a Whole Foods Market. Aplo’s, a “fast-fine Mediterranean” restaurant, Bravo! Italian, Char Fine Dining, and Beagle Bagel Café are local favorites. And, (so you know), the Highland Village Chevron will still pump your gas for you if you like!
The District of Eastover is a convenient “live, work, and play” development with several local restaurants and shops. Fine and Dandy is known for some pretty special comfort food, upscale bar food, and blue plates. Sophomore Spanish Club is “90’s tex-mex” featuring a “saved by the bell” margarita and other cocktails. The Cultivation Food Hall offers a culinary assortment of delicious food. (Cultivation also has a really “cool” ceiling!) Northeast Jackson residents and families from Jackson MS Area Homes cities look forward to outdoor events on “The Green” on Thursday evenings. People living in The Lofts apartments love the energy and activity surrounding them.
The Country Club of Jackson and the River Hills Tennis Club have been popular clubs for residents of Jackson MS Area Homes for golf, tennis, and recreation to the surrounding neighborhoods for years. The Jackson Yacht Club has been the club for people who love the Ross Barnett Reservoir and enjoy a boating and fishing lifestyle. Each of these club facilities have been used to support corporate functions, social events, and fund raisers as well.
Choosing any one of the Jackson MS Area Homes communities, brings lots of inspiring and enriching activities for your best living. You may choose outside the city – Madison, Ridgeland, Brandon, Flowood - click your preferred area of interest in the side bar. But if living within Mississippi’s Capital City, Jackson MS, is where you want to be, you can search homes from these popular neighborhood links.
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