Preservation

 
 

Downtown Tupelo is a historic district, which is why we are committed to MAINTAINING its historic integrity while adapting it to usher in the modern age.

 

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Downtown Tupelo on the National Register of Historic Places

North Broadway and Lawyers' Row

North Broadway and Lawyers' Row

Lee County Courthouse

Lee County Courthouse

Goodlett Manor

Goodlett Manor

First United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church

The People's Bank and Trust (now Gumtree Museum of Art)

The People's Bank and Trust (now Gumtree Museum of Art)

Historic Mill Village

Historic Mill Village

 

The Early Days of Downtown

 

Tupelo Tornado of 1936

Unlike many other downtowns with long histories, Tupelo’s downtown was devastated by a horrific tornado on April 15, 1936. Gone were 48 city blocks, 216 dead and 700+ injured. Hundreds of homes and buildings were destroyed. Today, downtown is the embodiment of post-war optimism rooted in commerce. It is a dynamic place unencumbered by stereotypes shackling some southern cities.