In addition to touring the Brice's Crossroads's Battlefield, visitors learn more about the history of the battle at the Brice's Crossroad's Visitors and Interpretive Center. Opened as part of the first phase of the Battlefield development in 1998, the center offers exhibits, a gift shop and an interpretive video about the battle.
The visitor center's professionally designed permanent exhibit, "Forrest's Finest Hour," tells the story of the battle, the opposing armies, and the leaders and personalities involved. The centerpiece of the exhibition features a beautifully done battlefield model that uses over 1,500 finely painted miniatures to show the final stages of the battle. Several of the exhibits have interactive features. The visitors center preserves and display a collection of interesting Civil War artifacts, many from the Brice's Crossroads battlefield. In addition to its exhibit gallery, the center also features a media room. Here visitors can see "The Battle of Brice's Crossroads," a 22-minute video program produced especially for the visitor center. The video uses battle reenactment footage, animated maps, photographs and period artwork to bring the June 10, 1864 battle vividly to life. The program also includes appearances and commentary by noted author and historian Shelby Foote.
Three temporary exhibit cases feature items that were metal detected or excavated at the Brice's Crossroads Battlefield and other local sites by local residents.
Another special feature is a memorial on the visitor center lawn dedicated to the soldiers from all of the states, north and south, that fought at Brice's Crossroads. This memorial includes the flags of 13 states, a U.S. flag and the flag of colored troops who fought at the battle.
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The Center also boasts a full array of amenities including clean, modern restrooms and full wheelchair accessibility. A group camp site is available by permission only for both day and overnight use by scouts and other organizations. Advance reservations are required, along with payment of a $25 user fee. Contact the visitors’ center to request a reservation packet.
The museum hosts a book store and gift shop where visitors can find an assortment of books, prints, postcards and gift items.
National Park Passport holders can even get their passport book stamped.
The Brice's Crossroads Visitor and Interpretive Center is located near the junction of Mississippi Highway 370 and U. S. Highway 45, and is easily accessed by following the signs.
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Visitor Center hours:
Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday
Tours and school groups are welcome. Guided tours of the battlefield and other special programs can also be arranged for groups with advance notice.
For more information, call Edwina Carpenter, Curator, at 662-365-3969 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.