Historic Jefferson College is an 80-acre state-owned historic site that housed Mississippi's oldest institute of higher learning. Chartered in 1802, the college operated primarily as a boys military boarding school until 1964. The beautiful buildings and grounds are complemented by a 40 acre wildlife area with 3 nature trails. Today, the facility is used for camps, lectures, meetings, reunions, Civil War reenactments, Pioneer Living History events, a fiddle contest & music festival, and Saturday hands-on programs for kids and adults.
Hours OpenVisitors Center -- Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 1:00-5:00pm; Grounds open dawn to dusk every day
Time Period Represented1802-1964
Visitor FeesFree, except for special programs
Wheelchair ramp to Visitors Center, but no other wheelchair access to buildings or bathrooms. Interpreters are present to provide oral history of site in the Visitors Center. Extensive signage on the 19th century history of the school in the Visitor Center.
Pet Friendly Notes
Dogs on leashes are always welcome. Horses may not be taken onto the nature trail.