Shady Acres Village
We appreciate you !!!
Oasis of Hospitality
When you travel to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the main road for folks headed south is Hwy 49. When you reach the rolling hills of the Piney Woods region of the state, you know you are getting close to the coastal plain and the longest man-made white sand beaches anywhere. A drive through the rolling hills of the Piney Woods of south Mississippi will take you to an oasis of Southern Hospitality at Shady Acres Village in Seminary.
US Hwy 49 is the artery that connects the southern edge of the Mississippi Delta at Indianola to the coastal plains at Gulfport. The town of Seminary lies along this route, about 20 miles north of Hattiesburg, the “Hub City” of the southern part of the state. Seminary has an interesting history to go with its population of 300 or so folks and they can tell you that one of the best places to eat anywhere is right here at Shady Acres Village. The buffet and shopping make each visit a treat, as the décor and inventory change with the seasons of the year. Pretty potted plants and flowers, hand-crafted jewelry, confections and homemade goodies for your kitchen and dinner table will bring a smile to your face every time.
Shady Acres Village was originally located several hundred yards north, a 20'x40' fruit stand the offered the public local produce. That location and operation were sold to new owners in 2005 and then unfortunately burned down in 2011. The original founders of Shady Acres Village purchased the property back and began to rebuild, adding outdoor displays and a gardening center along with a store and buffet restaurant. They now operate in a setting that looks like it has been there forever, so comfortably situated next to the farm lands and vinyards and pine trees. Walk in to a great experience at Shady Acres Village and inspect the homemade delicacies on the shelves of the village store.
Owner Martha Mixon says "We are not only a family style restaurant featuring daily blue plate specials, but also a general store with fresh produce, homemade jams and jellies, candies and cookies, and homemade cakes and pies baked right here as well as a unique gift shop featuring Mississippi pottery, t-shirts and trendy apparel . We hope you can stop by soon and have a delicious southern style lunch and browse around awhile. We are sure you will find something pleasing to your taste. We appreciate your business."
Shady Acres Village Diner offers fresh vegetables, Pecan Smoked BBQ Ribs and original recipes for dishes that rank as some of the best Southern Cooking you can find anywhere. The lunch menu is served buffet-style to make it easy for you to pick out your favorites.
The variety you will find at Shady Acres Village Store reflects the local tastes for home décor and traditional foods. Many of the items you will find come from local farms, like fresh corn on the cob, peaches, tomatoes, apples, and in season, fresh Louisiana strawberries. You can also find the special jars of chow-chow-style relish, which is a serious delicacy that is great on lima beans and any dish that needs a little snappy flavor. Remember your special people when shopping at Shady Acres Village, because the birthdays are just around the corner and you always want to be ready for a speical occasion with a special gift.
Seminary lies along the Okatoma Creek, part of the Pascagoula River watershed and is a popular spot all year round for canoe and kayak trips. The Town of Seminary is named for Zion Seminary, founded in 1845 by Presbyterian Pastor A.R. Graves. Zion Seminary operated as a boarding school for men and women, offering courses in law, medicine, religion, and at one point, housing over 500 students. The Civil War brought calamity to Zion Seminary, with all but one building burned to the ground under mysterious circumstances. The school was rebuilt and continued to operate until 1890 when the campus was again destroyed by fire. During the boom times of logging in the virgin Piney Woods of south Mississippi, railroads brought new settlers to the area. Farming and ranching began to take hold in the rolling hills and communities began to spring up throughout Covington County, like Eminence, Foxtrot, Lone Star, Lux, Okahay, Richmond, and Sanford.
The Town of Seminary was incorporated in 1899 and the Post Man has been there ever since to serve the 300 and something residents. The leaders and families of the area later built another school on original seminary site, which lies in the center of downtown, and it now is the home of the Seminary Bulldogs high school football team and Seminary Attendance Center.
When you make your tour of downtown Seminary, be sure to include the Conner-Graham Memorial Library, the L.B. “Shang” Hemeter Fire Station, a good look at Okatoma Creek, and some pictures in front of the famous Seminary Attendance Center.
Make time to make friends at Shady Acres Village. This Oasis of Hospitality will win you over. You will meet people from all over America and the world there and the atmosphere makes it easy to talk to strangers because they most likely have already eaten some food and are in a happy disposition. Enjoy some great barbecue food at Shady Acres Village and be sure to tell Mrs. Martha and Mr. Tommy Mixon that you heard about them on the Mississippi BBQ Trail.