“Corinth holds a place in history, but history is only half our story.”
Located in the northeast corner of the state, Corinth is often referred to as Mississippi’s Gateway City. Southern Roots caught up with Christy Burns, Executive Director with Corinth Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, to find out more about the other half of the story.
“Although our town is rich in Civil War history, we have so much more to offer our visitors,” said Christy. “Our Downtown is an attraction in itself. We are blessed with many locally owned restaurants and boutique shops that can make any visit worth the time.”
For those with only a few hours to spare, Christy suggests stopping off at the Civil War Interpretive Center.
“The center is a 10 million dollar facility that takes you through how the railroad crossing in Corinth played such a pivotal role in the battle,” she said. “It also talks about the Contraband Camp where freed slaves came to learn skills to equip them to be successful in their new found freedom.”
Plan your few hours in Corinth around lunchtime because dining at any one local spot is a must to enjoy Corinth’s rich culinary offerings.
An overnight trip can start off the the Civil War Interpretive Center, Christy explained. “I would then suggest the Crossroads Museum that is located downtown along with a stroll through our Art Gallery.”
Another “must see” for the entire family is Borroums in Downtown Corinth, the oldest drug store in the state. Borroums is the stop for everything from a slugburger , to cornbread salad or just a milkshake. Former CSA army surgeon A.J. Borroum founded the drugstore in 1865. It also houses Native American artifact, Civil War relics, and an authentic, working soda fountain. This business has been owned and operated by the Borroum family since its founding. Another longtime family business is Biggers Hardware, which opened 1918. Its ownership is in the fourth generation of the Biggers family.
If you decide to stay over on a Thursday, Pickin’ on the Square begins at six that night. “People bring lawn chairs or sit on the courthouse steps to listen to local musicians playing bluegrass music.”
The entire year in Corinth is filled with festivals with summer kicking off with the Slugburger Festival. Then, the Alcorn County Fair runs from Tuesday through Saturday every September.
“Hog Wild is a BBQ cooking contest and festival combined into the first weekend of October,” said Christy. “ Changing things up to make our festivals more of a regional pull is what we are trying to do.”
And Corinth has accomplished that with the Slugburger Festival adding the MLE sanctioned Slugburger Eating Contest, which happens the weekend after the MLE Nathan’s hot dog eating contest.
“We get national coverage when they talk about the MLE eaters coming to have a slugburger.”
New art exhibits are on display monthly at the Corinth Artist Guild Gallery. Every year, the Corinth Symphony Orchestra performs five concerts. The Crossroads Arena hosts a variety of entertainment events and big-name entertainers. Art exhibits and educational programs are held at the Corinth Library. The Crossroad Museum, through permanent and traveling exhibits, tells the story of Corinth’s past. The Corinth Theatre-Arts season offers a variety of productions and readings.
Corinthians never meet a stranger, so when you visit Corinth, you may arrive a visitor, said Christy, but you leave a friend.
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Ninety years ago (July, 1924) the palatial, multi-purpose Coliseum Theater celebrated its opening in downtown Corinth. The Coliseum has been and remains today the most monumental theatre space in Corinth, Mississippi and the surrounding area. Built in 1924 by self-styled architect, Benjamin Franklin Liddon, the Coliseum has long been integral to the cultural development of Northeast Mississippi as well as being architecturally significant in its city and state: in the City, as a major congregation space and physical reminder of the richness of the City and County’s past; and in the state, as a breed of shelters for culture built in a day when concern for quality was manifested in people’s reverence of the arts. In its life the Coliseum has served a variety of purposes.