Tupelo was a pleasant surprise for us. I had recalled the name of Tupelo, mostly from an old Richard Pryor comedy routine which I’d heard thirty years ago. In the routine, he does his “Mudbone” character and it went something like this: “I was born in Tupelo, you know where that is? No? Well, it’s just below “Onepelo””. Oh well, who can explain the things that stick in your memory…LOL.
Drumroll, I’d like to announce that Stephanie, my lifelong co-pilot has decided to write a bit of review of our travels. So without further ado, below is her write-up from our visit to Tupelo. ( And here is a link, if you prefer)
We also visited downtown and were surprised to find some sort of street festival going on. Lots of your typical handcrafted items and artwork. Stephanie enjoyed visiting the various displays and collecting their business cards.
I decided to skip the artsy stuff and let Stephanie browse alone, (which she prefers, 😉 I’d noticed a large and nicely stocked cigar and pipe store, called Spring Street Cigars. They claim to have the largest humidor in Mississippi, and it was a huge humidor.
We also stopped by a couple museums while in Tupelo, The Tupelo Veterans Museum was very well stocked with an enormous amount of veteran-related items. Items from the virtually every conflict to include many items from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq Afghanistan, 9/11 and others. It is all a private collection, and the owner, Tony Lute, is there to elaborate on the many item’s histories. NOTE: It is inside the Oren Dunn Museum which is ok, with a few interesting artifacts. When you enter the Oren Dunn you gain access to the Veterans Museum.
It was free for Veterans and if I recall correctly $4 per person otherwise and well worth a visit.We spent about 90 minutes looking around the Veterans Museum and speaking with Tony.
Next, we stopped by the Tupelo Automobile Museum. It was $9 each admission and started with a video explaining the origin of the collection. You then were free to stroll through the collection at your own pace. Most vehicles had a small speaker in front of them, and if you pressed the button it would give you about 30 seconds of specific info on the vehicle.
It was an interesting collection of cars and my only criticism would be that you really could not see the vehicles that well, as you only were allowed to view from the rope line, it would have been better if you could walk around the vehicles.
It was a worthwhile visit and since I’ve not visited many automobile museums I’m not certain how this one compares. We spent about 45 minutes strolling through the collection.
No visit to Tupelo would be complete without a visit to Elvis Presley’s birthplace. We drove over to the south side of Tupelo one morning for a visit. It is a small house, that was “salvaged” by the locals at some point and as all things “Elvis”, it has become a tourist trap, we strolled around the grounds and visited the gift shop, but decided not to pay the admission fee to view the home (which I believe was $11 each).
We spent about 40 minutes wandering around the site, it was worth seeing even if you’re not an Elvis fan.
We really enjoyed our visit to Tupelo. If we get back in this area, we’d certainly visit again. Next stop Hohenwald, TN.