I Just Need Something to Blog About
Posted by Heliocentrism on August 7, 2010
July 18, 2010
Just stop whenever you see something interesting.
From Little Rock we headed south to New Orleans. To get there we had to drive through the state of Mississippi. Most American kindergarteners know “Mississippi” as the first multisyllabic word they can easily spell, but they may not know where it is or what they can do there.
I knew where the state was, but I had no idea what I could do there. I looked on wikitravel.org, but there wasn’t much information there. I tried a map; nothing. I kept searching the TomTom for tourist attractions on our route, but there was nothing very Mississippian around.
Don’t misunderstand me. There were some stuff in Jackson, the state’s capital. It had science museums, parks, and malls. But I wanted something that could only be done in Mississippi.
Then we came across a sign for the Little Red School House in the town of Ebenezer. We stopped in, but it was closed. We took a few pictures and I later looked up the information on the internet.
It was built back in 1847 by the Masons to serve as a school. It later became the place where the Order of the Eastern Star started. Here women who were related to master Freemasons could get together and do Freemason like things. The building later became a school for black children.
It’s not used as a school now. Now it’s really only a tourist attraction, though not many tourists stop by. Once a year, the building does see some action when the Order of the Eastern Star holds its annual picnic in August.
That’s all we saw in Mississippi. But if you are wondering why we didn’t see the famous river for which the state was named, it’s because other states like Tennessee and Louisiana have better, more accessible views of the river.
How to get there:
You can enter my country by land, air, or sea. But I think flight would be your transportation method of choice.
I have no clue how to get a visa to the US or who needs one. Just assume that you need one if you are not American or Canadian and check with your local US embassy.
- Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
- Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)
- Crash Course:
- CGP Grey:
- Mental Floss:
- American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
- Area 51
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X
- Dandelion Wine
- Girl in Translation
- The Hemingses of Monticello
- The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
- The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America
- Notes from a Big Country
- One Summer: America, 1927
- Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails with America’s Hoboes
- Stealing Buddha’s Dinner
- That’s Not In My American History Book
- A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
- The Water Is Wide
- Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland
- It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.
- 32°58’17.1″N 89°59’12.6″W
The Little Red School House may be reached by exit No. 144 or exit No. 146 from I-55, fifty miles north of Jackson, Mississippi.
- (662) 472-2897
- The building is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
If you come early enough in the day, go to the house across the street and ask for a tour.