To understand French Camp, you must let your mind wander back to the first settlers — the Choctaw Indians. You must imagine a time when bison roamed the American grasslands and the natives followed, living and dying by the land. You must imagine the early Europeans who traveled these backroads, seeking trade with the Indians and looking to conquer this wild, untamed territory. You just imagine an era of bandits and highwaymen and the preachers who made the circuit, trying to bring religion to the settlers of the region. You must walk into French Camp not with the eyes of a seasoned traveler but with the curiosity of an explorer, looking not to the brochures but to the landscape itself for clues to its riches.
Northern Louisiana is so well-known for its Ruston peaches that people arrive by the carload to buy them, and the city of Ruston, Louisiana celebrates their sweetness every summer at the Louisiana Peach Festival, which begins today.
Meridian, Mississippi is homegrown blues wafting through a breezeway, mingling with the scent of fried green tomatoes and collard greens. It’s “sugar” and “darlin’” with a side of sass. It’s everything you expect and nothing you think it will be, steeped in South, dyed in cotton, and starched for church on Sunday.
To understand the Mississippi Delta, you need to experience it for yourself, and Greenwood, Mississippi is a fine place to start. You can spend an afternoon or a lifetime, but a weekend jaunt will give you the best of both worlds. This is a 48-hour agenda, but Greenwood is best savored in slow, lingering bites.