Road Trip to Wesson


aturday is my favorite day for a road trip. My husband and I decided on a trip to Wesson, which is about an hour drive from my home. Our first stop was in the Beauregard Community just north of Wesson on Hwy 51 where my third great grandparents are buried. The cemetery was full of history with graves marked back to the early 1800’s.

We noticed a directional sign to Lake Lincoln State Park. The last time I had been there was in high school – a long time ago! The drive is absolutely beautiful – the topography is hills, pastures and heavy wooded areas. The road leading to Lake Lincoln was a couple of miles out in a very rural area. The park is a hidden treasure and secluded. It cost $4 to enter the park which is okay because we have to take care of our state parks. The lake is surrounded by walking trails, camps, RVs, tents and cottages. There is an ample amount of bath houses, and a picnic area for the children. I noticed signs everywhere that said, “watch out for alligators”! Of course, the park was fairly empty except for a few fishing boats – great hideaway for the winter months to hibernate.

Our next stop was at the Mill Town Mall. On entering the old mill factory, the smell of fresh popcorn drew us in. The building was once an old factory and is full of antiques of every kind from vendors who rent small spaces to sell their wares. The traffic of shoppers is plentiful and always a long line to the one seat bathroom behind an old wood door and latch. The beaded wood throughout the building is gorgeous! The vendors are set up downstairs and upstairs and it will take plenty of time to see it all. Overall, it is well worth the trip to see this mall in Wesson.

After we left the mall, we drove just a little piece north on Hwy 51 to a diner that looked like it had been there since the 1950’s. The walls were adorned with antique toys and pictures of Elvis. It was a treat! The menu had a variety of food items. The waitress recommended hamburger steak and their variety of salads. We stuck with the hamburger and fries. Of course, I had to have onion rings too. In the South, when you eat something that is really, really, good – you might hear, “Oh, my God”. Well, I said it! The onion rings are fresh battered and fried – could have made a meal off of them! To top it off, we chose a chocolate sundae for dessert. They also have malts, root beer floats, ice cream, and fresh baked cookies. I will definitely be back to the Hwy 51 Diner!

It was a full day of sights in Wesson. The town is well maintained, and the old homes there are stately. Just one more beautiful small town in Mississippi you must see!

Wesson, MS

Submitted by
Tammy Strickland
RE/MAX Southland Real Estate
McComb, MS

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