clarksdale, mississippi


this summer on my road trip across america, we stopped at the shack up inn located in Clarksdale, Mississippi. named accordingly, the shack up inn consists of collection of restored slave shacks that you can stay in for a minimum of two nights.  we were told our shack was home to a family of nine.

we were greeted with corona beers from the woman who worked there and hot hot humidity, along with a run down of the surrounding area and its history.  the shack up inn is located three miles from the crossroads of highways 49 and 61 – where legendary blues player Robert Johnson supposedly sold his soul to the devil for the ability to play music.

Listen to his song, recorded in 1937  here: Crossroads by Robert Johnson

the inn is on the hopston plantation, which remains in almost unchanged condition from when it was a working plantation.

if you ever find yourself driving down the mississippi delta, i highly, highly recommend you stay here. it was an amazing experience and truly brought you back to that time.

– smiley


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