If you’re interested in the history of Starkville and the surrounding area, be sure to stop by the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum at 206 Fellowship Street. The museum was founded in 1976 to honor the U.S. bicentennial. It is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.
The museum contains material on the Civil War history of the area (Confederate troops composed a song in honor of local ladies, titled “Starkville Girls,”), native American history, local aviation history, and the local history of Coca-Cola. Miss American pageants are well represented, in donated pageant items from 1980 Miss America Cheryl Prewitt and 2002 Miss USA Shauntay Hinton.
Let sports be not far behind in the land of the Bulldogs. The Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum contains items from Cool Papa Bell, T-ball, Travis Outlaw, Bailey Howell, Elon Walker, and Willie Daniel.
The museum also hosts regular lectures by local experts. Past presentations have included MSU researchers on the history and presence of black bears in Mississippi, local quilting (with exhibitions of quilts), memories of the home front during World War II, ham radio, and the Negro Baseball Leagues.
There are multiple events of local interest held at the museum as well. For example, Oktibbeha County’s Mississippi Blues Trail marker is located on the museum’s grounds and a dedication ceremony was held at the museum in 2011. There are cookouts and movie viewings held by MSU’s Department of Landscape Architecture, as well as frequent garden parties to honor volunteers and other county luminaries.
The next time you find yourself looking for a mid-afternoon activity, be sure to check it out! Contact us for more information on luxury living in Starkville and schedule a tour today at HELiX Starkville Student Apartments.