Meridian flourished as a result of the railroad. During the Civil War, Meridian served as the location for a confederate arsenal, hospital, and even a prisoner of war stockade. The destructive force of General Sherman's army descended on Meridian in 1864 and changed the course of the town forever. Once nearly eliminated, Meridian made a comeback of grand proportions. In fact, at one time, Meridian was Mississippi's largest city.
Today, visitors will enjoy discovering Meridian's nine unique historic districts and neighborhoods. One such district is the Meridian Downtown Historic District. Contributing to downtown Meridian's distinctive character are over 100 historically significant structures. Glorious architecture seems to be found around every corner, making exploring Meridian an exceptional treat.
Visitors will enjoy Meridian's variety of quaint shops positioned along well-landscaped streets. Specialty shops, cafes, antique stores and galleries are just some of the places waiting to be explored.
Although shopping and site seeing opportunities are plentiful, those looking for outdoor adventure won't be disappointed in Meridian. Bonita Lakes, a city run park, features a 3,800-acre lake, perfect for fishing, swimming, and all water-sports. Nature trails make for a relaxing walk, and the Lakeview Gold Course is the perfect place to break out those clubs. More excitement can be found at Splashdown Country, a popular water park. An inner tube river ride and waterslides make for a fun way to cool off. Dunn's Falls, located less than 20 miles away in nearby Enterprise, is a gorgeous site. A 65-foot waterfall compliments a historic gristmill, and natural wildlife refuge.
Children big and small will be delighted to discover that Meridian loves its carousels. In fact, one very special carousel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Over 50 individual carousel horses can be found around Meridian. Each has a theme, and has been created by a regional artist.
Country music fans can't miss the Jimmie Rodgers Museum and the Jimmy Rodgers Memorial Festival, held annually in May.
Meridian is located in the eastern part of the state, just 30 miles west of the Alabama boarder, at the intersection of Interstates 59 and 20.