Historic Jefferson College is Mississippi's oldest institute of higher learning. It was chartered in 1802 as a school, and classes began in 1811. It is the birthplace of the state of Mississippi, as the state's Constitution was written on the grounds in 1817. It ended its life as a private boys military boarding school in 1964, and was taken over by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in 1972, and renovations have been on-going ever since.
Today, the 80-acre property is open to the public to tour, with eight historic buildings, beautiful grounds, and a several nature trails. Yearly community events include a Civil War reenactment, the Big Yam Potatoes Fiddle Contest, a women's Civil War reenactors training school, a Halloween program with an after-dark rubber duck hunt, summer camps for kids, adult education lectures, and plenty of other programs that encourage a hands-on look at our natural world and the role Jefferson College played in the past.