Five things to know before you visit Clinton:
Whether relocating or visiting “You Belong” in Clinton. From the Olde Towne Markets to the award winning schools, Clinton is working hard to help people find a place where they belong. Below are five things you need to know before you visit Clinton that will help you connect.
1. Start your visit at the Clinton Visitor Center.
Start your visit on a high note at the Clinton Visitor Center located at 1300 Pinehaven Road
Clinton, MS 39056 (Mile marker 89 Exit off the Natchez Trace Parkway). Our visitor center has the look and authentic charm of the period farmhouses once located along the Natchez Trace. Bricks are a native building material and the handmade bricks used here are the same bricks used in Monticello and Mount Vernon. Cypress, reclaimed from a century old sugar mill that was demolished in South Louisiana, is used for porch posts and railings, the fireplace mantel and front counter.
Come sit on the porch in our rockers, picnic on the beautifully landscaped grounds, view the artifacts and photos inside and enjoy internet access including wireless. With changing exhibits throughout the year, our museum highlights the history of the Trace and Clinton. Hosting many local gatherings, the meeting room provides a venue for musical jam sessions each weekend. The reception area includes a shop where you can purchase work from local artisans including pottery, jewelry, books and delicious Mississippi food products.
We are here to provide information about Clinton as well as along the Natchez Trace. Our promise is that we will provide you the warmest welcome that you will find anywhere in the world.
Monday through Saturday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Major Holidays
2. Award Winning Schools
Clinton is one of only the only cities in Mississippi where students can receive an award winning education from kindergarten through post graduate. Top rated public schools, two outstanding academies and Mississippi’s largest private university (Mississippi College) underscore the long held commitment to education in Clinton.
Clinton Public School District is a shining example of performance across the state and nation, maintaining a high level of excellence in all areas of a child's education.
The Clinton Public School District has long held the motto – “Where Excellence is the Only Option." As one of only three Star school districts in Mississippi, Clinton is an educational pioneer by integrating technology into the curriculum. Our 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative is on the leading-edge in our state and serves as a model for other school districts throughout the Southeast. Our technology philosophy is based on a holistic approach where personalized, digital learning and technology skills are infused throughout the daily teaching and learning process.
Clinton High School is also home to Attache Show Choir. Attache’ is a nationally-ranked, award winning high school show choir made up of 42 singer/danceers, 15 instrumentalists, and a crew of 12. Attache’ is the reigning 2014 show choir National Champions.
Clinton High School’s Indoor Percussion are the 2014 WGI World Champions in Scholastic Open Class. Their dedication to excellence and commitment to hard work attracted some of the nation’s top designers. Now, with a name that is recognized in the percussion community world-wide, Clinton Percussion strives to keep it’s goals and aspirations higher than ever.
District is made up of 8 schools and fully accredited by the Mississippi Department of Education. The school district recently won accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation & School Improvement (SACS-CASI).
Founded in 1826, Mississippi College is the oldest institution of higher learning in Mississippi and second oldest Baptist university in the nation.
With more than 80 areas of study, 15 graduate programs, a doctor of jurisprudence, a doctor of education leadership degree and a doctor of professional counseling degree, Mississippi College seeks to be a university recognized for academic excellence and commitment to the cause of Christ.
3. More than education
Clinton’s cultural opportunities are second to none in the area. Enjoy our growing art community and view the sculptures of nationally recognized artist Dr. Sam Gore as well as the water color paintings of regionally renowned painter Wyatt Waters. Each year, Mississippi College sponsors fascinating speakers - such as Dr. Condoleezza Rice - sharing information and antidotes on timely topics of great interest. And our Main Street volunteers host “Dinner and a Movie” eight times each year – so bring your chair and enjoy the friendliness of neighbors and friends old and new. Throughout the year, our varied activities range from the “Brick Street Festival”, “Cruzin Clinton” car show, local/regional softball and soccer tournaments, the Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza, and the “Fresh at Five” market.
Our 43 churches offer a variety of religious activities.
4. Bring your walking shoes
Our downtown historic brick streets, constructed in 1929, welcome you to a charming Olde Towne community. With many historic homes throughout this district, you can walk back into a time when life was slower and enjoy Southern hospitality at its best. Bordered by Mississippi College, Olde Towne enjoys a great mix of students and families browsing through antique shops and an old book store. Take a leisurely walk along tree lined streets without the worry of busy traffic laden streets. Take a jog on one of five walking trails located in one of our award winning parks.
5. Get back to nature…
Our 6 recreational facilities offer over 100 activities including softball/soccer/baseball, square dancing, tennis, basketball, and Frisbee golf. Kids Towne Park, built by community volunteers, offers a unique, child friendly experience, enjoyed by thousands of our youngest citizens. The privately run Clinton Nature Center offers an opportunity to learn the value of nature in an unspoiled environment.
Whether you are single, newlywed with children in your future, already raising children, or retired (Clinton is a designated “Retirement Community”), our town enjoys many distinct and diverse neighborhoods. Today, Clinton continues to evolve as a community blessed with an unparalleled quality of life, hardworking volunteers, educational opportunities, abundant/varied recreational activities and a willing "can do" spirit. Whatever your interest, Clinton is ready to include you. Visit us and enjoy the small town feel of a growing, progressive City.