Attractions Near Guntown, Mississippi

by Ryan Fergerson

Guntown is located in Lee County, Mississippi. When visiting Guntown, take the short drive to Tupelo and visit the birthplace of Elvis Presley. More destinations include Tupelo Automobile Museum, Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo, and one of the Civil War battlefields in the area. A handful of family-friendly attractions are located less than 20 minutes from Guntown.

Elvis Presley's Birthplace

Only a short drive from Guntown is the birthplace of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley -- located at 306 Elvis Presley Drive in Tupelo, Mississippi. You can visit the room where Elvis was born, and the Assembly of God church where he began singing gospel music. This location includes a memorial garden, a "Walk of Life" and "Fountain of Life," and a story wall featuring 11 different narratives told by childhood friends of Elvis.

Tupelo Automobile Museum

The Tupelo Automobile Museum features over 100 automobiles at 1 Otis Boulevard in Tupelo, Mississippi. The self-guided tour consists of early vehicles such as an 1886 Benz, 1899 Knox Porcupine, and 1903 Cadillac. Elvis Presley's 1976 Lincoln Mark IV and Liberace's 1982 Barister Corvette also count among the many rare and collectible cars and trucks available for viewing at the museum. The Tupelo Automobile Museum is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo

A petting zoo, pony rides, open-air trolley and "Monster Bison Bus Tour" are just a few of the attractions available at the Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo in Tupelo, Mississippi. The zoo is home to a rare white buffalo named Tukota -- this animal is hailed by Sioux Indians, and its color is said to occur only once in every five million buffalo births. Enjoy viewing and photographing: Bears Camels Cougars Deer Emus Exotic birds Giraffes Hedgehogs Kangaroos Lions Llamas Monkeys Reptiles Tigers Wallabies Yaks Zebras

National Battlefields

The Tupelo National Battlefield and Brice's Crossroads National Battlefield are both near Guntown, Mississippi. Brice's Crossroads National Battlefield houses a bookstore, restrooms, and a permanent exhibit known as "Forrest's Finest Hour" -- this exhibit showcases Civil War artifacts, an informative video, and over 1,500 painted miniatures displaying the final stages of the battle. The Tupelo National Battlefield is only one acre in size, and has no visitor center. The Battle of Brice's Crossroads occurred on June 10, 1864, while the Battle of Tupelo occurred July 14 to 15, 1864.

About the Author

Based in Austin, Ryan Fergerson has been writing about the art and music scene since 2001. His online articles cover photography and other topics. Fergerson graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in English.