Jackson, Mississippi State Capital Walk – 5 km, rated 1A
Montgomery, Alabama State Capital Walk – 5 km, rated 2A
The city of Jackson was founded in 1821 specifically as the site for a new state capital. It was named in honor of Andrew Jackson not for his role as seventh president of the United States, but for his military leadership as General Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812.
The town of Jackson subsequently suffered during the Civil War when Union forces under General Sherman laid siege and burned the city following their victory at Vicksburg.
We start our day with the Mississippi capital walk which passes the Old Capitol Museum, the Governor’s Mansion and the Mississippi State Capitol.
Later this morning, we continue east into Alabama, bound for Montgomery, and another state capital walk. After checking into our hotel, the Montgomery walk route takes us along the riverfront, and past many historic buildings.
Montgomery has been a center for the Civil Rights Movement and boasts many of its landmarks including the new Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Other features of the walk include the Alabama State Capitol building, the White House of the Confederacy, Martin L. King Memorial, several historic churches, a Confederate cemetery and Hank Williams’s grave site. There’s a lot to see in Montgomery!