I love to travel. In college I spent quite a bit of time traveling internationally (and writing grants to cover my jet setting expenses) – but since I graduated in 2011, I’ve traded in pricey airfare for quirky road trips. Road trips are great for so many reasons, but my favorite part is catching glimpses of teeny tiny towns that you never would have seen otherwise. In my most recent trip, Rolling Fork, MS was one of my favorite towns we found. As you can see below, it’s pretty rural. The large stretches of farm land are strikingly beautiful, and make a great backdrop for the few trees sprinkled about the land.
From what we could see, the town mostly consisted of mobile homes and trailer style living- clustered close together on one main road. While we were there, some sort of commotion was happening in the middle of the road. There were multiple police officers and about 20 residents huddled together – a large percentage of the towns population (2,143 people as of the 2010 census). We didn’t stay to find out what happened, but we did stop on our way out of town to catch some spectacular photos of this amazing old shack.
I imagine this is what much of the housing looked like back when the town was first built in the 1800s, which doesn’t look too different from the homes in the early 1900’s – when famous Blues musician – Muddy Waters was born in Rolling Fork, MS.
There isn’t too much to do in this tiny town, but it is absolutely worth stopping at for photo ops if you’re driving through. We didn’t see many businesses, but they do have a Subway in the middle of a giant field, very reminiscent of the Marfa, TX Prada store.
This is just one of the many amazing places we saw this winter on our Mississippi Blues Trail Road Trip. So much more to come. Stay tuned!