Whether you're a native or just passing through,
here are some places which are well worth your time and visit. For general
information, the friendly staff at Ripley City Hall, the Tippah County
Development Foundation, the Ripley Public Library, and the Southern
Sentinel newspaper are excellent sources of information.
First Monday (flea market)
First Monday Trade Day was established
on July 3, 1893. Held just south of Ripley on the first Monday
of every month and the weekend preceding, First Monday is one
of the largest flea markets in existence, covering 50 acres. It
draws thousands of people to Tippah County from many different
places to buy, sell and trade almost anything imaginable.
Wammack Public Park
Clayton Wammack Public Park
is located on MS 15 near Ripley High School. It features lighted
tennis courts, softball, baseball, and Little
League fields. There is also a walking and jogging track and
a concession stand.
Faulkner Family Burial
At the cemetery is a marble statue
of Colonel Faulkner, great-grandfather of award winning author,
William Faulkner. Col. Faulkner is, in his own right, one of Ripley's
most colorful characters. William Faulkner made reference to the
monument in several of his works.
Many history and architecture buffs enjoy
the unique architecture of the Tippah County Courthouse on the
square in Ripley. The courthouse was built in 1870. A previous
brick courthouse, built in 1838, was burned by federal troops
Tippah County Fair
The Tippah County Fair and Livestock
Show is held each August, and unfailingly draws crowds of thousands. The 68th Annual Tippah County Fair will be held August
3 - 10, 2013.
Historic Antebellum Homes
Historical homes of interest
include the Dr. John Y. Murry home in Ripley. The home was built
prior to the Civil War. The Jim Harris home was built in 1884,
the Cole Home in 1898, and the W.R. Cole (R.J. Thurman) Home in
County Historical Museum
Visit Tippah County's historical museum
and learn more about our rich history. Hours of operation are
Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Holly Springs National
Holly Springs National Forest
offers many activities including hunting for several months of
Located five miles south of the
Tippah County line is this historic Civil War battle site.
Tippah County Hospital serves all of Tippah
County as well as surrounding areas. At Tippah County Hospital, they not only care about the
customer, they care about what the customer thinks about them.
Tippah County Wellness Center
The Wellness Center is open and ready for your patronage! It has a walking track,
an indoor Olympic-size pool, racquetball courts, cardiovascular equipment, weights, aerobics
classes, a whirlpool, saunas and steam rooms, and locker rooms
with showers and dressing areas.
Health promotion classes are offered periodically. So, if you are
looking for a place to tone up that figure, this is the place to
The Ripley Public Library is an excellent
source of local information, including local records on the
early history of the county, as well as genealogical information.
If you need help finding a topic , the people here will go out
of their way to help you find what you are looking for.
Tippah Lake is located about six miles north
of Ripley. The lake is 165 acres and features primitive and
developed campsites, boating and boat rentals, as
well as a snack bar and picnic tables. Scenic Wicker Mountain
is just south of the lake.
Historic Blue Mountain College is located
in the town of the same name, about six miles south of Ripley
on MS 15. The four-year private co-educational college was founded
in 1873, by General Mark Perrin Lowrey. The college
is supported by the Mississippi Baptist Convention.
Dumas Lake is located 10 miles
south of Ripley and features picnic areas, boating, fishing, and
swimming. Whether you're looking for a place to fish or a place
to think, Dumas Lake is the place. It may be small but
you'll have a ball!
County Development Foundation
If your interest in Ripley and
Tippah County comes from a business or industrial standpoint,
the Tippah County Development Foundation office should be your
first stop in Ripley. The office has information on employment
figures, land availability, and a great deal of other business-related
material. Contact Duane Bullard, Executive Director, Phone
Tippah Math and Science Complex
Located on Ripley High School's campus,
the South Tippah Math Science Complex provides all schools in
South Tippah Consolidated School District with state-of-the-art
facilities and equipment.
* The information on this page
was reprinted from or paraphrased from FYI-1998, printed by the Tippah
County Development Foundation, 212 East Jefferson Street, Ripley, MS
38663, (662) 837-3353.
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