I've had the occasion to be in McComb, Miss., a few days here and there lately, and I have been so impressed! If you have the chance to visit, here are a few things I've enjoyed:
1.) The McComb Railroad Museum. Just adjacent to the McComb train depot is a delightful one-room railroad museum. You can operate a train whistle, fold down a sleeper car sink from the wall, and snoop through old railroad china and other artifacts. They have lots of photos, a model train, and even uniforms on display. This is an adorable exhibit and a quick stop. Outside, they have an old train engine and some cars on display, as well as a small train-themed playground for little ones.
2.) Once you're done visiting the museum, walk a block or two into downtown McComb to eat at The Caboose! It's a nice white tablecloth restaurant with a variety of food at reasonable prices. We had delicious oyster po boys (They bring their french bread in from New Orleans. Mmmmmm!), and their smoked chicken salad is also yummy.
3.) Another legendary dining spot in McComb is The Dinner Bell. Everything wonderful you've heard about this restaurant is true. You are seated at large, round tables with massive lazy susans in the middle. The kitchen just keeps bringing out scrumptious food for your table, and you serve yourselves, family-style. (We went on a Sunday afternoon and had ham, fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, green beans, dressing, fried eggplant, sweet potatoes, rolls, deserts, the list just went on and on and on) Oh. My. Goodness. Pure deliciousness. I have had quite a bit of fried chicken in my life, and what they are serving at The Dinner Bell ranks right up at the top.
So if you find yourself south of Jackson with a free afternoon, stop on by! McComb also has a traditional shopping mall and other things to see and do, but I was completely charmed by the old downtown area and the depot district. Enjoy!