The South’s Best Small Towns 2021

Kaitlyn Yarborough ,

Once, it might have been a convenient pit stop along a stretch of U.S. 61 where the mighty Mississippi meets the “Blues Highway.” But this rural burg has since undergone a cultural renaissance that has reinvigorated the former cotton boom-town. Now it attracts folks from nearby Memphis, escaping the city for a laid-back weekend. Be sure to hit Wilson Cafe, a popular local trough situated on the town square. Here, everyone is family, and the cozy homestyle fare is served with a smile. Then visit White’s Mercantile, and stop by Wilson Gardens, which works as both a community garden and a shared neighborhood farm.