A Home School Field Trip to Laurel & Jones County, Mississippi

Whether you’re virtual schooling, home schooling, or just looking for an educational road trip, Laurel and Jones County is ready for your little learners! From history to art, these fun and informative activities are sure to entertain your whole family!


Landrum’s Homestead & Village Home School Field Trip Laurel MS | Landrums Homestead and Village

History comes to life at Landrum’s Homestead and Village here in Laurel, MS. With a step back in time, your family is in for a uniquely educational experience! The homestead – which is a recreation of an 1800s settlement – spans more than 30-acres and has more than 85 buildings, display, and exhibits. When you’re at Landrum’s, you’ll find an 1863 log house and corn crib, barn and farm animals, blacksmith shop, restored houses, village chapel, one-room school house, antique farm and tool equipment, a barber shop, watermill gristmill, and so much more!

Bonus Idea: Events at Landrum’s such as Old Tyme Fall Festival, Christmas at the Homestead, and Christmas Candlelight Tours offer even more homestead excitement with fun activities for all ages!



If you’ve never been Geocaching, you and your kiddos are sure to love this modern-day treasure hunt! All you have to do is create a free log in at Geocaching.com, and you’re ready for the adventure to begin. The Geocaches (the treasure) are fun to find, but more importantly, discovering them will bring you to a variety of locations. Most of the geocaches located here in Laurel correlate historical facts which are sure to spur interesting discussions with your group. These topics include information on the creation of Masonite, Olympian Ralph Boston, opera singer Leontyne Price, Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, and more! Head to Geocaching.com and search Laurel, MS to get started!


Veterans Memorial Museum

The Veterans Memorial Museum is home to thousands of artifacts, photos, vehicles, and pieces of our country’s history. Many of the items on display were donated by veterans who reside in the Jones County community. Visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to discover truly unique artifacts such as a piece of the USS Arizona, which was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor, artifacts of the US Merchant Marine from the WWII era, a piece of support beam from a German fortification at Pointe du Hoc in Normandy, France, and so much more!

The museum, which was built on land that was part of the Laurel Army Air Base property during WWII, is open Wednesday – Friday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Start planning your visit at Veterans-Memorial-Museum.org.


Lauren Rogers Museum of Art

The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is a free museum located in Laurel on beautiful Fifth Avenue. From the building itself – a Georgian Revival structure erected in 1923 – to the permanent collections and traveling exhibitions, there is an abundance of art, culture, architecture, and beauty to be found! This fall, be sure to explore two new exhibits “Bill Scott: A Garden in the Studio” and “Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings”, both on display through mid-November. Museum patrons will also take in a variety of permanent collections ranging from Japanese Woodblock Prints to classic European and American art.

If one of your homeschoolers is working on an assignment on art history that requires research, they’re in luck! The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art Library is a reference library of more than 10,000 volumes specializing in art history and art reference with emphasis on the Museum collections.

Bonus Idea: If you’re little ones are ready for another treasure hunt, be sure to stop by the front desk of the museum to grab an artBINGO card for an interactive exploration of the exhibits.


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Shop ‘til You Drop: Where to Shop in Laurel and Jones County, Mississippi

Shopping in Laurel, MississippiShopping in Laurel and Jones County, Mississippi is more than just strolling through one street with a few shops. It’s a veritable shopping mecca of various districts filled with antique shops, trendy boutiques, eclectic gift shops, name brand stores, and so much more! Get ready to shop ‘til you drop when you visit Laurel and Jones County!


Laurel, Mississippi: Small Town, Big Shopping

Downtown Laurel and 16th Avenue are truly a shopper’s delight! We just hope you left room in your suitcase for all of the home furnishings and accessories, wardrobe staples for every season, and antiques galore!

Souvenirs are bountiful at shops such as HAND+made, Cotton Boll, Frames Unlimited, Bella Bella, and many more! Find tea towels, Laurel-themed tchotchkes, t-shirts, stationary, seasonal décor, art for your walls, and so much more.  Books make a great gift (and gift to yourself), so be sure to swing by Bookstore in the Window to nab the title you’ve been wanting to add to your TBR pile.

Shopping in Laurel, Mississippi

To furnish your home in classic and Southern style, shop for furniture and home décor at Lott Furniture, J Parker Reclaimed, Rubie’s Home Furnishings, and Today’s Furniture. From large buffets, couches, and your dream dining room table to smaller items such as tabletop décor, flatware and dishes, lighting, and anything else your home may need.

Looking for on trend clothing and accessories? Fill your closet with classic and trendy pieces from  Poppy’s Boutique, Allie’s on Magnolia Boutique, Leila Boutique, The Boutique on Central, The Spotted Dog, plus Guild and Gentry and Bella Bella for menswear and so many more!

Always popular for shoppers in Jones County, antiques abound! Start your search at Peddlers’ Junktion, Southern Antiques, and The Rusty Chandelier. Unique pieces are sure to please the antique-lover in your group!

Of course, Scotsman General Store and Laurel Mercantile Co. are must-stops for fans of HGTV’s Home Town. Be sure to check out our list of must-see places to complete your HGTV’s Home Town experience.


Shop Local in Ellisville, Mississippi

Downtown Ellisville is a collector’s paradise, a souvenir-seekers must see, and every trendy fashionista’s one stop spot for clothing and accessories!

Carol’s Marketplace is a great place to grab some locally-grown fare to bring back to your table at home. From muscadines to fresh-shelled peas, gathering your souvenirs on your dining table back is home sure to bring back Mississippi memories!

Shopping in Ellisville, Mississippi

Carpenter Bros. Emporium of Wonderful Whatnots

Carpenter Brothers Emporium of Wonderful Whatnots features antiques, collectibles, and – well – whatnots! Whether you’re a collector or a browser, you’re sure to find something to make you smile at Carpenter Brothers.

For cute clothes, be sure to swing by Southern Sass Too, which features trendy styles sizes small-3XL! Grab a cute romper, dress, top, jewelry, and more!


Even More Shopping at Sawmill Square Mall

Indoor shopping, playing, and dining fun is the name of the game at Sawmill Square Mall in Laurel.

Find national brands like Bath & Body Works, The Children’s Place, rue21, Claire’s Boutique, Belk, Foot Locker, and many others! Local favorites such as Pretty Please! Children’s Boutique, It’s What a Girl Wants, and Pink Anchor are sure to please as well.

Meanwhile, when hunger strikes, grab a bite from Chick-Fil-A, The Alamo, Classic Cookie, Corndog 7, Estelle’s Southern Cuisine, or Tacos!

The shopping fun continues outside of the mall as well with surrounding shops including Razmes Party Supplies, Goodness Gracious, Quarter Century, and more!


For more ideas on where to shop when you visit Laurel and Jones County, Mississippi, be sure to check out our full list of stores.