Ferriday, LA – “Great Balls of Fire”
What could possibly attract us to the small town of Ferriday, LA? How about, ”Jerry Lee Lewis’ birthplace and drive through liquor store?” I mean, come on, how do you get close to Ferriday and not go? Ok, so it was not just the drive through liquor store which attracted us, hence we began at the Delta Music Museum. Originally the Ferriday Museum, build to highlight the three famous cousins of Ferriday, Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley, and Rev. Jimmy Swaggart, the museum is now a state museum. All about music, it has a Hall of Fame honoring Mississippi Delta musicians from Memphis to New Orleans.
Although rather small, the museum is pretty cool, is housed in the old Ferriday Post Office and still has the wall of PO Boxes. Besides the three cousins, two network journalists: Howard K. Smith and Campbell Brown along with Ann Boyar Warner, the wife of movie mogul Jack Warner are from Ferriday. A multimedia interactive exhibit of the Hall of Famers live performances is both interesting and entertaining. Besides the cousins, other honorees include Fats Domino, Irma Thomas, and Percy Sledge. Personal items of the honorees run the gamut — a briefcase/satchel from Conway Twitty, a dress from Irma Thomas, and the most famous, a piano from Jerry Lee Lewis. Outside the museum is a patio of “Stars” for the inductees in the Hall of Fame.
After rocking and rolling and listening to songs that brought back many, many memories we decided to venture over to Jerry Lee Lewis’ birthplace and drive through liquor store – interesting combination. Neither the home nor the liquor store was open. We did get to view the yard which included what looked like a shrine and weird sculptures. The birthplace and drive through liquor store would not in itself rate the trip but overall was entertaining and the museum was worth the short ride.
We returned to ‘home base’ which is our favorite RV Park of the area, Riverview RV Park on the Mississippi River in Vidalia, La, across the river from Natchez, MS. We ate too much, imbibed, and watched the 4th of July Fireworks on the river. As always. . . good company and good times – a good trip.