Just north of Cleveland lies the quaint town of Merigold, which is known the world over for its delicious restaurants, charming homes and sought-after pottery.
Just north of Cleveland on historic Hwy. 61 is Merigold, home to the world famous McCarty’s Pottery. From an old mule barn in the middle of one of America’s finest gardes, the McCartys developed their studio. Here, beautiful pieces of pottery are fashioned from Mississippi River mud. A short walk through a bamboo tunnel in the artists’ backyard reveals a flourishing maze of gardens featuring rare herbs, indigenous plants and trees.
The Gallery Restaurant
Open Tue - Sat for lunch and serves exquisite cuisine on dinnerware created by the McCarty artists.
Another great place for casual dining. Located near The Gallery Restaurant, Crawdad’s casual lodge atmosphere serves only the best Louisiana fare, specializing in spicy crawfish and sizzling steaks.
Rising from the banks of the Mississippi River is Rosedale, a thriving port whose history, as a center of society and trade, is still evident in its streets, buildings and people.
This city was mentioned in Robert Johnson’s “Travelin’ Riverside Blues.” The Bruce Street juke joints were a gathering place for musicians, where at the end of the street stands a Mississippi Blues Marker citing Robert Johnson and his song about the area. The Bolivar County Courthouse, built in the center of town, has served both judicial and social functions, often being converted into a ballroom.
The world-famous Joe’s White Front Café hot tamales keep people coming back to the city, and they have been recognized with their own marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. Also, Rosedale’s Grace Episcopal Church is the oldest church in Bolivar County.
One of the nation’s most historic black culture sites is Mound Bayou, the oldest town in America founded by former slaves.
Mound Bayou was founded in 1887 by ex-slaves Isaiah T. Montgomery and Benjamin T. Green. Montgomery’s home still stands nearby as a monument to the enterprise of newly freed slaves. The structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
On the grounds of Mound Bayou’s City Hall is a carved wooden plaque depicting famous black Americans. Mound Bayou is also home to the creative artisans at Peter’s Pottery. Started in 1998 by the four Woods brothers, the studio has produced pottery for fans worldwide.