Sleep Inn & Suites Downtown - Convention Center
209 South Gallatin Street
Jackson, MS 39203
Phone: (601) 896-0390
Fax: (601) 896-0397
In the distant past, the rails made Jackson an important distribution center even before the Civil War, and today, Amtrak travel is still a great way to move around the South. Although much less utilized than in previous generations, Jackson is still a main stop on the route from Chicago to New Orleans, and daily trains still service the Crescent City. For general departure information and reservations, call Amtrak directly at +1 800 872 7245.
This two-story classic revival brick structure was built in 1903 by Thomas Hill, uncle of Kermit Wells Holly; thus, the interesting name. Located in Jackson's Farish Street district, the Hill-Holly has witnessed nearly a hundred years of local African-American history from its perch on North Farish. Today, it is the proud home of Jackson's leading black newspaper, the Jackson Advocate. Hill-Holly building is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Guided tours by appointment.
Founded in 1938 by Civil Rights leader Percy Greene, the Advocate was conceived to help give a voice to oppressed people in segregated Jackson. Still considered the voice of black Mississippians, this weekly newspaper features news of particular significance to African-Americans and still strives to serve those citizens who find themselves with a limited voice in society. The Advocate's offices are currently housed in the historic Hill-Holly Building that dates to 1903 and is a nationally-registered Historic Place.
Erected in the year 1987 by Dean and Dean Associates, One Jackson Place sure is a magnificent landmark. The building thrives with a line of varied companies on its 14 floors. It's a commercial building which has well-known legal firms, architects' offices, banks and real estate developers too. The construction is impressive with the lobby of polished Italian granite on two story.
Whether you are a bona fide stargazer or just looking for a little excitement, this theater at Jackson's Davis Planetarium is not to be missed. McNair's wide, hemispheric theater, with its wraparound screen, is the perfect venue for the center's multimedia astronomy "skyshows" that are as educational as they are entertaining. The planetarium features exhibits on space exploration, astronomy and the challenges of filming in outer space. The theater also features meeting capacity for 190 participants. Call for more information or booking details.
This location is far from your ordinary Greyhound Bus Station. This is a marker along the Mississippi Freedom Trail, commemorating the nine Freedom Riders who arrived on board here in 1961. Marking an important part of the Civil Rights struggle, this landmark honors those who were arrested for integrating public transportation.
Downtown Jackson is all you could possibly want in a district of a city. It has copious amounts of fun things to do. The Farish Street Entertainment district is located here as also are many theaters. The Jackson Zoo and the Mississippi Fairgrounds and Coliseum are in Downtown Jackson too. This is one place where you will always find something to do or a great new attraction to enjoy. Plunge into Downtown with its parades community events and attractions, and have a whale of a time.
Organized in Jackson in 1846, the first Catholic Church was burned by General William Tecumseh Sherman in 1863. A second structure suffered a similar fate; the current cathedral was begun in 1897 and dedicated three years later. As the seat of the archdiocese, St. Peter's is home to the area's Catholic bishop and serves as general headquarters for Catholics in the state. Daily and weekly masses are held, with confessional services taking place every Saturday.
The stunning antebellum mansion that is the home of Mississippi's governor is also widely considered to be a prime example of Greek Revival architecture in the United States. Mississippi's chief executives have resided in the stately manor ever since 1842, which ranks it number two in the rankings for continuously occupied governor's residence. Guided tours are available every half hour during public hours. Admission is free.
When it first graced the capital city's skyline in 1924, this building soared as Jackson's only bona fide skyscraper. Noted for its distinctive lines and crenellated clock tower, a close observation reveals it as nothing less than a scaled-down version of New York City's Woolworth Building. Home to the oldest Mississippi-based insurance company, Lamar's president at the time of construction was the father of author Eudora Welty. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this building still stands as a distinctive presence over downtown Jackson.
Constructed of slave-made brick, this building went up between 1843-44 as the First Baptist Church. The classical block construction has been admired for its dignified simplicity. Used by local Baptists until 1893, construction of a new Baptist church allowed the structure to be used by the Methodists for a few years. The much-used facility even had stints as an apartment building and as the headquarters of the Consolidated American Life Insurance Company. The congregation of the First Baptist Church once again has possession of the popular landmark using it for various church functions.
Founded in 1837, the Clarion-Ledger is the second-oldest company in the state, and one of the nation's few remaining statewide-circulated daily newspapers. Purchased by Gannet in 1982, this remains Jackson's chief source for daily news, and is delivered to most hotels and available at all area news stands. Tours are available at the site, or visit their Web site for a virtual, on-line tour.