On a recent day trip to Laurel, MS, my wife and I decided to stop and take the walking tour through something called Landrum’s Homestead & Village and we were certainly glad we did. After paying the small admission fee, we walked through a set of double glass doors and stepped back into time.
The first sight we saw was a beautifully constructed fountain and the sound of gurgling water which was only a prelude to the water wheel we saw just a few paces further up the path. We crossed under an arbor covered with Wisteria vines which we were sure would be beautiful in the spring when it bloomed but which was just a tangled web of vines since we were visiting at the end of January. It added to our sense of mystery as we started on our self-exploration of this landscape of old buildings full of artifacts from a by-gone era.
Once upon a time just a few miles outside of Laurel, Thomas Landrum decided to build a building in a pecan grove to show his grandchildren how it was done in the old days. And then he built another. And another. Until his first building had turned into a village. The Landrums believed future generations would benefit from seeing how their ancestors lived, so Landrum and his family opened the village to the public. Now, managed by Thomas’ children, Bruce Landrum and Deborah Landrum Upton, the village is a living history museum spread over 30 acres of land featuring more than 85 different buildings and/or exhibits.
With just a few steps and after crossing the man-made creek feeding the waterwheel which drives the gristmill, we stepped back in time to the 1800’s and found ourselves looking around at unique antique buildings serving every kind of purpose you can imagine. From the aforementioned gristmill to restored cabins to tool sheds to barnyards, you’ll see it all at Landrum’s Homestead & Village.
Established in 1984. What started out as a Family project to teach their Grandchildren how their forefathers lived has turned into , “A Living History Museum”, where they encourage others to remember and learn the history of their ancestors and the importance of hard work, family dependence on each other and the need to preserve our collective heritage.
A replica of a standard 1800’s settlement, Landrum’s Homestead and Village can offer visitors an experience like no other. History comes to life at this Laurel attraction. The historically accurate village includes a general store, smokehouse, shooting gallery, trading post, Indian village, schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, a chapel, and more. This place is a wonderful place to remember the past by emersing yourself in history, celebrate the present with family events and anticipate the future with weddings. You can do it all at Landrum’s Homestead & Village.
To top it all over, shop at the gift shop where you’ll find lots of jewelry, home decor, toys and candy to purchase and take home with you. You can create memories at Landrum’s and take some home with you too!
|Location & Directions||Landrum’s Homestead & Village|
1356 Highway 15 South
Laurel, MS 39443
From I-59, take Exit 96-B/Cook Avenue. Located 4.5 miles down on your left.
|Contact Information||Phone: 601-649-2546|
|Hours Of Operation||Open Year Round|
Walk In Visitors: Thursday – Saturday 9AM – 4PM
Groups By Appointment Only: Monday – Saturday 9AM – 4PM
Admission: $10.00; Children 3 and under enter FREE