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Old 03-19-2013, 10:44 PM
 
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I love Charleston and Savannah, but wondered if there are any small towns in Mississippi that have that decaying, historic architecture and trees with Spanish moss like those areas? I've priced housing in both areas and really looking for something cheaper -- I work from home so I can be remote from cities, but just want to keep my expenses as low as possible. Thanks!
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:00 AM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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I love Charleston and Savannah, but wondered if there are any small towns in Mississippi that have that decaying, historic architecture and trees with Spanish moss like those areas? I've priced housing in both areas and really looking for something cheaper -- I work from home so I can be remote from cities, but just want to keep my expenses as low as possible. Thanks!
I have seen the town you describe, but not in MIssissippi.

Take a map and start in Thomasville, GA. Go West to Bainbridge, and then work your way South and West into Florida. Stay North of I-10. Some of those town are so well positioned and pretty that I was tempted to just stop and buy a house. BY the time you get to Pensacola, though, the party is over, IMO.

Spanish moss, older homes and government facilities, slow moving traffic, kids in the street, and no real growth are the things that make that area attractive to me. Bainbridge isn't much, but Thomasville is. I-10 captured all the traffic and commerce years ago, and the beach areas South of I-10 remain the attraction. If you like Savannah and Charleston, but are reluctant to pay $500,000 for one of those nifty downtown Charleston townhouses, you may like the Ga/FL/AL area.
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:14 PM
 
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I'm going to be doing nursing work via telephone from home, and cannot live in Florida, GA or Alabama due to licensing requirements. Has to be SC, NC, Mississippi, Tennessee or Kentucky
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:23 PM
 
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What a nice thread to start! I have always been interested in these sort of things. I can't suggest anywhere, I live on the Coast and no where around here is like that! I would love it if there were though. Anyway, check out this website misspreservation.com it's a very nice site and talks about tons of historic buildings, homes, and towns in Mississippi. Have you tried looking in Natchez or Aberdeen? Lots of historics there if im not mistaken. You can communicate with others who visit the page and they may be able to help you also. But I strongly suggest visiting the website, I love it. Good luck with your search! Ill be checking back as I'm curious to see any other suggestions. One day I will own a beautiful historic southern home
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Oxford, Mississippi
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Holly Springs has lots of antebellum homes as well as homes built from 1880 to 1920. Some of these are for sale cheap. The deal is that the public school is all black and many whites are leaving because they don't want to pay private school tuition.

You can get a decent house for under 60k, a very nice house for under 120k, and virtually any house in town for 200k save for a couple of mansions. There are a few other communities in Mississippi with similar pricing structure.

No Spanish moss, though.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Southeast Arizona
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Natchez may be a good town for that sort of vibe.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:51 PM
 
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Have you tried looking in Natchez or Aberdeen?
Agree with Natchez, but Aberdeen doesn't have much; Columbus would be a better bet.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:39 PM
 
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Natchez is the most like Charleston and Savannah with Vicksburg probably second.

Also McComb, Brookhaven, Columbia, Port Gibson, Laurel, Corinth, Greenwood, Carrollton, Kosciusko, and Columbus all have their own character.

Oxford does but it's not decaying in any way. Canton, Holly Springs, Moss Point and Yazoo City have some character also but a little too run down.

Pass Chrisitan , Bay St Louis and Ocean Springs are too beautiful and don't fit your gothic feeling requirements. Same for Brookhaven.

I would say of all those...for the gothic with Spanish moss, huge draping live oaks, and dripping with humidity, but it's own unique feel, while Natchez is obvious, I think elegant Laurel, cozy Columbia on the Pearl, and rail town McComb have that Deep Southern feel. You're still in Mississippi's wooded hills but psychologically you can almost smell the gulf and taste the New Orleans food once you get that far south, about an hour south of Jackson.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:43 PM
 
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Oxford does but it's not decaying in any way. Canton, Holly Springs, Moss Point and Yazoo City have some character also but a little too run down.
Honey, I lived in Detroit and loved it... there is no such thing as "too run down" for this girl.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:03 PM
 
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Interesting, well if you like historic and dripping with sense of place but remote and perhaps decaying is just fine...I would put Port Gibson on the list for sure...It's like Charleston or Savannah if they only had 1 or 2 streets. Carrollton is kind of like that also.

I do think Columbia has that dripping southern feel but it's a little bigger, about 6,000 people and 30 minutes from a larger city. If you like historic but run down in parts, Vicksburg is really cool in that way. Big turn of the century mansions and shotgun shacks all mixed together. Canton is very historic and very run down so you might like that. Same for Moss Point except its next the Pascagoula river marsh.
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