Historic Jefferson College

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.

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Latitude: 31.581308 Longitude: -91.300927 Elevation: 273 ft
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Hours Open

9:00-5:00, Monday-Saturday, 1:00-5:00 Sundays. Closed major holidays

Time Period Represented

1811 to present

Seasons Open


Visitor Fees

None, except for special event fees

Accessibility Notes

The Visitors Center has a wheelchair ramp and accessible exterior bathroom. The remaining historic buildings are not wheelchair accessible. The nature trails are rugged and hilly, and are not recommended to those who have trouble walking up hills.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs are welcome, on leashes. Horses are not allowed on the nature trail. Please pick up after your pet, and keep them under control and on a leash at all times.

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