Thursday, January 24, 2013

Country Roads Lagniappe

This is a continuation of a day trip my husband and I recently made to Columbia, Mississippi, which is located in the south central part of the state. If you missed the first part of the story and would like to read it before you read this post, you can click on the following link: A Place Called Columbia, Mississippi.

It was a gorgeous sunshiny day, and we traveled the back roads from Vicksburg, which took us through several small towns and communities in rural Mississippi. I would like to share a few of the pictures I captured along our journey of things and places you typically see when you explore off the beaten path of the interstate highways and travel the back roads.

As you enter the city limits of a small town or community, you'll usually see a welcome sign beside the road and a water tower in the distance.

I love photographing water towers, especially old ones, but the Newhebron tower was bright and colorful against the brilliant blue sky and we went in search of it to get a closer look.

On our way to the tower, we passed the Newhebron United Methodist Church. Isn't it pretty!

If you have the time to get off the highway and explore these little towns, there is a very good chance that you will find something of interest.

This next town is Prentiss, the county seat of Jefferson Davis County (which means that a courthouse is nearby).

The courthouse is usually easy to find in the center of the downtown area.

As we drove around the courthouse, we came across this pretty little house still decked out in its Christmas finery. There was a sign in the yard identifying it as the Dumas House, ca 1906 ...

Sawmills are a familiar sight along the rural highways in south central Mississippi, and we passed this one near Georgetown, on MS Highway 28 ...

Water is sprayed over the logs to keep them from drying out and splitting, and also makes the logs easier to cut. This makes for interesting pictures on icy winter days.

Old barns always catch my eye, and I spotted this one not too far from the sawmill ...

It looks as if it would have fallen over a long time ago if it wasn't wedged between those trees ...

For some reason, this old horse trailer was calling out to me, and I captured it with my zoom lens from the highway.

We passed this next bit of lagniappe, if you can call it that, on Hwy. 27 between Georgetown and Crystal Springs. This supports my theory that you never know what you're going to find when you travel the back roads.

You can click on the pictures to enlarge them, if you'd like.

When I first saw the signs, I thought they were inspirational messages, but as I got closer to photograph them I realized that they weren't quite what I was expecting.

This sign was my favorite ...

While researching some of the places and things I captured in pictures during our trip, I came across a very valuable and interesting source of information — Landmark Hunter — a huge database of historic and notable landmarks of the United States. Categories include battle sites, courthouses, cemeteries, houses, farms, and monuments ... and even water towers, just to name a few. I was delighted to discover it and I'm sure it's going to become my favorite research site in the future, especially when planning our "off the beaten path" adventures.

I love to photograph old bridges, and was excited to come across this old abandoned bridge over the Strong River on Bridgeport Road (between MS highways 28 and 478), in Simpson County.

My discovery of Landmark Hunter led me to a similar website called Bridgehunter, and I found this bridge listed, but there wasn't much information available on its history.

Historical, or not ... I found it fascinating.

Isn't it amazing how those little pine trees are growing up through the bridge ...

Not too far down the road from the bridge on the outskirts of Crystal Springs, Mississippi, we saw a billboard sign advertising Four Seasons Garden Art, and it was the last stop for the day.

I hope you will join me next time for a walk-by photo tour of five acres of the most amazing outdoor gallery of garden statuary, pottery, and elegant fountains in the South.

2 comments:

Pat said...

Janie,
What wonderful pictures of the back roads of rural Mississippi.

There IS so much to see if we can avoid the Interstates....thanks for sharing.

Looking forward to the next segment of your travels.

Pat in Tallahassee

Dorothy said...

Wonderful pictures of your trip. Love the little church! This is the kind of thing we like to do. When possible, we travel the back roads when on vacation. I bookmarked the Landmark Finder page :)