Surrounding Areas



Just north of Cleveland on historic Highway 61 is Merigold, home of Mississippi artists Lee and Pup McCarty. From an old mule barn in the middle of one of America’s finest gardens, the McCarty’s 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, overgrown with rare herbs and indigenous plants and trees.


The Gallery Restaurant in Merigold is open daily for lunch and serves exquisite cuisine on dinnerware created by the McCarty artists.


Another great place for casual dining is Crawdad’s. Located near the Gallery, Crawdad’s casual lodge atmosphere serves only the best Louisana fare, specializing in spicy crawfish and sizzling steak.


For the adventurous, travel to Merigolds famed Po’ Monkeys, one of the Delta’s few remaining authentic Juke Joints.




Founded in 1887 the city of Mound Bayou Mississippi was founded by Isaiah T.Montgomery, and his cousin Benjamin T. Green former slaves of Jefferson Davis, brother Joseph Davis, former President of the Confederacy. These slaves however were born into a family that ran the business sector of one of the largest and enterprising plantation in that area of the country.


Montgomery’s father, Benjamin were born into a family that ran the business sector of one of the largest and Montgomery was the contributing factor behind the successful mastermind of the Davis' notable enterprise.


After the Civil War, Jefferson Davis and his brother Joseph Davis knew and understood quite well the shaky foundation of the existing situation in the South, and knew only too well that Montgomery’s close relationship to Jefferson Davis posed a threat of the confiscation of his lands. Thus when Joseph Davis lands we returned to him in 1866...




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,” I’m going to Rosedalewith my rider on my side, gone to barrelhouse baby on the riverside.” A Mississippi Blues Trail Marker is on site to tell the story. Visit 


Just over the Mississippi River levee from Rosedale is Great River Road State Park, with acres of riverfront and a 75-foot high observation tower, offering some of the most spectacular views of the nation’s greatest briver.Rosedale’s Grace Episcopal Church is the oldest Episcopal Church in Bolivar County.Visit The White Front Café for some of the best hot tamales in the Delta. Also visit