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Forrest County's Hattiesburg -- known for distinctive architecture and hospitable ways -- serves up cultural, sports, and outdoors options, as does northern neighbor Laurel, seat of Jones County. In 1882, city founder Capt. William Harris Hardy named the community after his wife, Hattie. As a continuing legacy, the city promotes "Hattie's Favorites," among them the Armed Forces Museum, Southern Miss grid action, and the distinctive Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, opened in 1923 as a memorial to the only son of one of Hattiesburg's founding families. Downtown Hattiesburg favorites include the ice cream bar at Walnut Square Pharmacy and Old Time Gifts. After an 1890s blaze destroyed much of downtown, wood debris was replaced with structures of up from the ashes masonry triumph. Notables include the Court Building (also known as the Old Federal Courthouse), a Neo-Classical Revival gem built in 1910 and on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Art Deco Saenger Theater, with its original pipe organ.

Other magnets are Main Street's Historic Library, Hattiesburg City Hall, Hattiesburg Depot, and McLeod House, built in 1897. Attractions also include the Hattiesburg's African American Military History Museum, and outdoors magnets include the Hattiesburg Zoo at Kamper Park, All-American Rose Garden, Veterans Memorial Park, Paul B. Johnson State Park, and Flint Creek Water Park. Hattiesburg's Beverly Drive-In remains as one of fewer than 500 left nationwide. Dining options range from Old South country buffets and barbecue joints to Asian, Italian and Mexican favorites. Established in 1882 amid what became known as the Pine Belt, Laurel's core historic district with oak-lined streets is on the National Register of Historic Places, yielding Mississippi's largest most intact ensemble of early 20th century architectural styles including Queen Anne, classical and colonial revivals.

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Lodging located in the greater Laurel area, located just off Interstate 59 providing easy access to larger metropolitan areas. Laurel's Central Historic district, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is filled with early 20th century architectural styles.
Lodging in Hattiesburg, the fourth largest city in the state. Hattiesburg is centrally located less than 90 minutes from New Orleans, Mobile, the Gulf Coast and Jackson, Mississippi.

Area Facts: The de Grummond Exhibit at the University of Southern Mississippi is the largest collection of original children's literature manuscripts and illustrations in the world. The area code for Laurel and Hattiesburg is 601.

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