I have visited Mississippi many times, usually traveling in the Spring to visit customers and do trunk shows in stores. I’m always charmed and feel well welcomed by their hospitality, no one does it better. Unfortunately I’m a little late for the gorgeous azaleas this year but have seen plenty of lovely thing nonetheless.
I have passed through the picturesque town of Canton a number of times on my way to Jackson, the state capital and ground zero for national Annieglass sales per capita.
The city of Canton is architecturally lovely — much of the city is on is on the National Register of Historic Places. The center of town is dominated by its large elegant courthouse that dates back to the Civil War era and is surrounded by mature magnolia trees. It is the center of the downtown square ringed with well preserved buildings — My customer, Noble Watts, is in one of these amazing buildings.
The town looks familiar maybe from being used as a background for several movies — this is Grisham country. The author John Grisham often sets his novels in towns like this, and the first movie based on his novel A Time To Kill was filmed here as well. The courthouse was well featured in it. George Clooney’s Brother Where Art Though was also filmed here. The set designers have an easy time conjuring up the past here, and I was told one liked it so much they stayed on here after filming wrapped.
The Noble Watts store was thronged with customers when I arrived and it only slowed down long enough to grab a quick lunch. Everyone was so happy to be there — as was I — and very gracious. I’ll have some pictures from that wonderful event and my other Mississippi travels next week. Have a great weekend!