Welcome to Leland, Mississippi!
Leland is a small town located on the banks of Deer Creek, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. With its proximity to Stoneville, the home of one of the world's largest agricultural research stations, Leland may be able to claim more advanced degrees per capita than any other non-college/university town in the state.
Leland is most noted for being the boyhood home of Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets. Along Highway 82 as you enter Leland you will find the Jim Henson Delta Boyhood Exhibit, made possible through a gift from the Henson Family. The Museum houses many artifacts and memorabilia from Henson's early creative years, and is a must-see for any Kermit enthusiast.
Historic Highway 61, the famous "Blues Highway" runs right through the center of town, and along this route you will find the Highway 61 Blues Museum, a true gem for any blues-lover. In fact, the Museum is on the must-see list for many visitors around the world who tour the Mississippi Delta year-round. Leland was home to musician James "Son" Thomas for many years, and was the childhood home of musician Johnny Winter. Winter's grandfather and father, a former mayor of Leland, operated J.D. Winter & Sons, a cotton business. One of the Blues Trail markers in Leland is dedicated to Winter.
In early 2014, the Mississippi Legislature designated Leland as the official site for the Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Museum. Housed in an old hardware store brimming with character in downtown Leland, the Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Museum opened in 2016. It is a fascinating look at not only the fish and animals native to this area, but the tools used to harvest them.
The Mississippi Outdoor Hall of Fame features seventeen members including former slave and bear hunter Holt Collier and Mississippi outdoor video and television personalities Will Primos, Toxey Haas, and Ronnie "Cuz" Strickland.
Each year, Leland hosts the renowned Christmas on Deer Creek celebration. All December long, the two-mile stretch of Deer Creek that runs through town features lighted holiday displays, which are lit every year on the first Friday in December. Join us on December 5th, for the 56th anniversary of this event!