Greenville (Photo:JB Manning/Shutterstock)
Greenville (Photo:JB Manning/Shutterstock)
3.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating

Millie Ball
Cruise Critic Contributor

Port of Greenville

Known for the writers who grew up or lived here -- ranging from Shelby Foote to Walker Percy to Muppets creator Jim Henson -- Greenville calls itself "the Heart and Soul of the Mississippi Delta," which writer David Cohen said "begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis and ends on Catfish Row in Vicksburg."

There are 35,000 residents in Greenville, which is on Ferguson Lake, formerly part of the Mississippi River. Yet a quick tour from a riverboat will make visitors wonder where they are. Downtown is beyond sleepy; there are no public buses and no taxis, "but we have cars," said a tour guide. On a recent Friday in December, it was difficult to find many signs of activity downtown.

H. Ben Nelken, who was born here, said he began opening the first of five local museums about 20 years ago, because there weren't any. His Greenville History Museum is a hodgepodge of donations, some quirky and interesting. You need to hunt among its exhibits; among them is a feature on a former editor of the"Delta Democrat Times," Hodding Carter, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1946 for his editorials outlining social and economic injustice and intolerance.

The Hebrew Union Congregation Temple is an attraction, with an exhibit of its history in Greenville, as is the E.E. Bass Auditorium & Cultural Center, where visitors can ride an 1899 carousel. There's also a casino boat, Lighthouse Point Casino.

Shore Excursions

About Greenville


There are several interesting and unique museums to explore here, as well as a popular casino boat


Though there are organized tours available, there are no public transportation options

Bottom Line

Greenville's a sleepy town, but it's full of history and exemplifies Mississippi Delta culture

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Currency & Best Way to Get Money

Currency is the U.S. dollar. Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere. There is no ATM at Greenville Waterfront; however there are three banks downtown in the 400, 500 and 600 blocks of Washington Avenue.


English -- delivered with a Southern accent -- is the language spoken there.