Blues is one of the few music genres considered to be wholly American, and its roots are firmly planted in the rich soil of the Mississippi Delta. Here, too, is where legendary musician B.B. King came of age. Indianola's B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center celebrates not only King's prolific career, but also the significance of the Mississippi Delta to music then and now. Interactive exhibits take visitors through the guitarist's life in chronological order, starting with his boyhood in the Delta and culminating with the highlights of his decades-long career.
The Building: The 20,000-square-foot museum was built on the site of an old cotton gin where B.B. King once worked.
Valuable Relic: Tucked in the section about B.B.'s pre-celebrity life is the Panoram, an early video jukebox on which he first saw the big bands he became so enamored with.
From His Early Career: In the exhibit on what was known as the Chitlin Circuit, you'll find the leather-bound notebook in which King stashed his song charts, meticulously cross-referenced by songwriter.
Other Mementos: Memorabilia from King's life spans the decades, including a quilt from his boyhood home, his draft card, and various iterations of his guitar, Lucille.
Hidden Gem: The museum also includes items from other artists of his era, such as Janis Joplin's handwritten lyrics.
Hands-On Exhibit: Under video instruction from B.B. King himself, visitors strum tunes on guitars.
From the Press: "The ... facility is likely the most elaborate museum in the U.S. about a single living musician, but Mr. King's stature justifies the investment." ? Wall Street Journal
The Carlyle House has garnered accolades for the dishes of chef David Crews, who placed second at the Great Mississippi Seafood Cookoff and helped the establishment win three "Best Of" awards from Delta Magazine. This year's winter menu showcases the chef's creative comestibles and eternal battle against Jack Frost, tempting palates with the Dr. Pepper chili cheeseburger, which blankets ground beef in Dr. Pepper chili, cheddar, and an onion ring ($9). A study in layers, the grilled pimento cheese stacks roasted red pepper, sharp-cheddar spread, and Texas-smoked bacon on sourdough ($6). Alternately, herbivore-friendly fare such as the five-bean vegetarian chili surmounts hunger like a giraffe plucking the highest-growing pot of chili ($5). Post-main options treat patrons to genuine desserts, such as the mason-jar cake of bacon, chocolate, and cardamom whipped cream. While tucking in, diners can luxuriate in The Carlyle House's restored Southern architecture and swig libations from Lazy Magnolia brewery.
The licensed physicians and medical practitioners at Vascular Access Centers call upon 50 years of experience and the latest medical technology to address all manner of vascular and endovascular issues. Aside from treating unsightly veins and their underlying causes, the practice provides comprehensive maintenance and venous access care for dialysis patients, and can help soften hardened arteries by performing angioplasties or showing them pictures of kittens wearing rain boots. In addition to doling out knowledgeable, compassionate care, VAC's physicians work tirelessly to pioneer new treatments in their field, and hold more than 30 issued and 100 pending patents for new, groundbreaking treatment devices.
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Dedicated to preserving Mississippi’s heritage, Cottonlandia Museum educates visitors with an array of interdisciplinary displays and collections. Cottonlandia’s permanent exhibits and rooms include the Mississippi Art Collection, an anthology of Mississippi-made art, most of it purchased from the winners of the biannual Cottonlandia Fine Arts Competition, and the Archaeology Room, home to a large assortment of Native American beads and a 12,000 year-old mastodon skeleton that they used to hang sabertooth fur coats. Meanwhile, the Malmaison Room presents photographs and furniture salvaged from the home of county namesake Greenwood Leflore, the last chief of the Choctaw tribe before their removal to Oklahoma, and the Swamp Room lets guests absorb the sights and sounds of the wetlands without brewing their own bog water out of bullfrog tears.