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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
for the current schedule of events.
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.
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.
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
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
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.