Clarksdale, Mississippi

Playwright Tennessee Williams once wrote, “Home is where you hang your childhood.” For Williams, that home was Clarksdale. Though he had moved out of Clarksdale by his early childhood, he still had relatives there and the town provided the setting for many of his famous works. Clarksdale has since dedicated the Tennessee Williams Park to the playwright. Much of Clarksdale celebrates Williams, like the Cutrer Cultural Arts Center. Take a walking tour of Clarksdale’s historic district to experience many of the landmarks significant to Williams’ life. If you’re visiting in October, enjoy the annual Tennessee Williams Festival to hear historical presentations and live performances. Clarksdale is known to many as the birthplace of blues music, so head over to the famous Ground Zero Blues Club, co-owned by Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman. Afterward, walk across the street, where a train depot has been transformed into the Delta Blues Museum. You can see many blues exhibits, including the shack where Muddy Waters lived in his youth. Next, visit the Rock and Blues Museum to see an assortment of music memorabilia from the 1920s through the 1970s, including old acetates and 78 rpm recordings of blues legend (and Mississippi native) Robert Johnson. For an exploration of the blues in Clarskdale and the neighboring areas, schedule a tour with Delta Queen Tours.