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A.B. McKay Food Research and Enology Lab
Located on the MSU campus, visitors can see how research produces wine, juices, and jellies from local muscadine grapes. A guided tour concludes with a wine tasting. Tours available by appointment. Located on the North Farm on campus.

Aquaculture Research Center
The latest in catfish farming and freshwater shrimp research can be explored at the Aquaculture Research Center on the MSU campus. Tours are available by appointment.

The Engineering Research Center for computational field simulation gives visitors the chance to try out their virtual reality programs in the CAVE™ (Computer Automatic Virtual Environment). Ride a virtual roller coaster or fly through a forest. Tours by appointment only.

Chapel of Memories & Carillon Tower
The MSU Chapel was constructed with bricks from the Old Main Dormitory, which was the nation's largest dorm when it burned in 1959. A beautiful sitting garden is attached to the chapel. The Carillon bells play at noon and 5pm daily.

College of Veterinary Medicine - Wise Center
A tour of the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine including its classroom, laboratory, and animal clinic is available with advanced notice.


Cotton District
Starkville's Cotton District is the most photographed area in the community. The district was formerly a collection of row houses and shanties associated with the neighborhood cotton mill. Today it is filled with award-winning, brightly colored buildings reminiscent of Savannah, Charleston and New Orleans.

Cully Cobb Museum
The Cully Cobb Museum showcases more than 350 antique tools and primitive machines.

Department of Art Gallery
The Department of Art Gallery, located in McComas Hall on the MSU campus, showcases visual art exhibitions of regional and national scope.

Department of Music Education
The MSU Department of Music Education provides the community with a variety of concerts by their talented and distinguished faculty. In addition, the Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, now in its 30th season, presents a yearly concert series.

Downtown Starkville
Starkville has retained the flavor and character of its "boomtown" years around the turn of the century when it was known as a "boardtown." Several restored brick stores from Main Street's wagon-high sidewalks, well-preserved churches and a variety of other buildings add character and charm to the area.

Dunn Seiler Museum
Located on the MSU campus, the Dunn Seiler Museum exhibits rocks, fossils and other geological pieces including a triceratops skull and sabertooth tiger head.

Greensboro Street Historic District
Starkville's prosperous merchants and professionals made Greensboro Street their address of choice for their Victorian, Tudor-Revival, Bungalow and Craftsman homes from the 1860s through the 1930s.

Herzer Dairy Science Building & Cheese Tour
A tour of the Herzer Dairy Science Building begins with an overview of the dairy plant ends with a slide show describing the cheese making process. Samples of cheese and homemade ice cream are for sale in the gift shop. Tours are available by appointment.

John Grisham Room
The John Grisham Room in the Mitchell Memorial Library at MSU is the only complete collection in the US of the Mississippi author's papers and publications. The collection includes literary manuscripts, legislative files, photographs, signed works, international editions, and other materials on display.

Lois Dowdle Cobb Museum of Archaeology
The Lois Dowdle Cobb Museum displays artifacts from the ancient Middle East and the Southeastern United States, as well as small collections from Central and South America, Greece, Rome, and eastern Europe.

Lyceum Series
The popular Lyceum Series brings a variety of quality musical and theatrical performances to the area. With innovative programming, this series presents the finest in the arts to Starkville throughout the academic year.

Mississippi Entomology Museum
The Mississippi Entomology Museum is home to the third largest insect collection in the Southeast. Visitors can view insects both under a microscope and in display cases. Tours are available by appointment.

Mississippi Horse Park & Agri-Center
Home to several regional rodeo events, the park is the state's only full service horse park. Other events held on the grounds include the World Famous Lipizzaner White Stallions, Monster Truck Nationals and Thrill Show and barrel races.
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Mississippi State University
The fully accredited, highly respected Mississippi State University is one of the nation's premier research and service universities, and a national leader in veterinary medicine, agricultural research and engineering. Established in 1878, it is now the largest university in the state with an enrollment of more than 16,200 students, 800 faculty members, and over 85,000 alumni. MSU brings excitement and energy to Starkville with championship football, basketball and baseball teams. In addition, it is home to the highly-acclaimed Lyceum Series and the Mississippi Piano Showcase, attracting top-notch cultural talent from around the world.

MSU Arboretum
Visitors can take a guided tour of this MSU arboretum, showcasing annuals, perennials, landscaping, plants, flowers, and trees. Tours are available from spring through fall by appointment only.

Nash Street Historic District
Nash Street is representative of Starkville's earliest subdivision, built by MSU scholars and staff members in the Tudor-Revival, Bungalow and Craftsman styles. The buildings date from the 1930s and 1940s.

Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum
The Heritage Museum was established in 1976 as a Bicentennial project. The museum is housed in the 1874 GM&O Railroad Depot and displays a variety of items older than 50 years, including antique dolls, arrowheads, confederate flag and soldiers' letters, military uniforms, household and farm tools, grist mill, hospital instruments and incubator, homemade brick forms, wedding dresses, school pictures, and quilts. Located on the corner of Fellowship and Russell Streets.

Overstreet Historic District
Built close to downtown and to Overstreet School (circa 1894), the Overstreet Historic District is Starkville's largest historical area. Homes range from ornate Queen Anne to mid-twentieth century Craftsman and Bungalow styles. Occasionally visitors may catch a glimpse of a cook's house or smoke house behind the main houses - reminders of another era. The district is bordered by Washington Street to the west, Wood Street to the south, South Montgomery to the east and Hogan Street to the north.

Pinedale Farms
At Pinedale Farms visitors can meet and greet with the animals, have a picnic or take a hayride. Tours by appointment only. Located at 1835 Reed Road.

South Farm
Guided tours of the South Farm show beef cattle production and research as well as swine, sheep and poultry units. Tours are available with advanced notice.

Starkville Community Theater
For 25 years the Starkville Community Theater Company has been bringing quality theatrical productions to the area. Now in their newly renovated downtown auditorium, the Playhouse on Main, community support for the dramatic arts remains stronger than ever. Contact the theater for specific performance information. Located at 108 E. Main Street.


Elm Lake Golf Course
Elm Lake is an 18-hole course located 15 minutes from Starkville on Highway 82 at 1609 Taylor-Thurston Road.

Highlands Plantation Golf Course
Set in a residential subdivision, Highlands Plantation is a beautiful 18-hole course. It was recently voted "The Best in Starkville" by readers of the Starkville Daily News. Located at 1900 Stirling Drive.

Mississippi State University Golf Course
Designed by Brian Ault, the MSU golf course is an 18-hole with a challenging layout that is meticulously maintained by university students. The course has been recognized by Golf Digest magazine as a Top 10 Public Golf Course in the State of Mississippi, by USA Today as a Best Golf Deal under $50.00 in Mississippi and rated as a 4-star course by Golf Digest 2000 "Places to Play". Located on Highway 182 East.


John W. Starr Memorial Forest
Located near the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, the John W. Starr Memorial Forest is an 8200-acre natural woodlands park managed by the University of Mississippi.

Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
Located 13 miles south of Starkville, the 48,000-acre Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge is an outdoor paradise. The refuge is home to the bald eagle, alligators, red-cockaded woodpeckers, bobcats and wild turkeys. Open year round, the refuge offers three observation platforms, canoeing, hunting, fishing, bird watching, foot trails and hiking. A special Noxubee National Wildlife Week is held in October.


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