“Find history and culture on the Talimena Scenic Byway”
The Talimena Scenic Drive Visitor and Culture Center is a beautiful rock house with a knowledgable staff ready to answer visitors’ questions about the Byway. The staff is stacked with insider knowledge of the road, and can offer a look into the history of the Choctaw Nation and the Talimena Scenic Drive. Although the center opened in July 2014, new things are always being added. The displays depict the heritage and culture of the area, including four panels showing the importance of the Choctaw People to the development of the state and area. Four display cases contain information about the Choctaw Indians' past, present, and future, including two shadow boxes showing Juanita Jefferson’s Indian Dress and Harry James’ Indian Shirt and Bola--both of which were worn during traditional Choctaw songs and dances. These displays also show visitors the beauty of the mountains, forests, and valleys of the surrounding area. In the center you’ll find the Vista Wall, a large mural with four pictures by William Rainey depicting the four seasons on Talimena Scenic Drive. A large map also gives visitors an up-close view of the area and its many offerings. Come explore the history and culture of the Talimena Scenic Drive and experience the adventure in surrounding Choctaw Country!
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