Downtown Brookhaven has several great dining options, all within walking distance of the Inn. A full list of restaurants and shopping is located in our lobby.
Located right beside the Inn, Janies is a long time staple of Brookhaven. Serving everything from homemade pastries made fresh daily, to chicken salad sandwiches and fried pickles on a stick, Janies is sure to have something for everyone. Take a seat in her front window and indulge in homemade delicacies while enjoying the slow-paced lifestyle of a small southern town.
Located in the historic Inez building, Pasta Junction serves downtown Brookhaven with homemade italian and american food. Boasting “Where Italian Meets American”, the Pasta Junction is open for lunch and dinner and is also available for take out.
Hungry for a personal pan or feel like sharing with the family? Fox’s Pizza offers offers a delicious array of made to order pizzas, sandwiches and salads. Located in a historic downtown building just a few blocks from the Inn, Fox’s is perfect for a quiet dinner on the patio, or a lively evening with friends and family. Open for lunch and dinner, and orders to go.
If you feel like venturing out of downtown, there are other great options just a few miles from the Inn.
Bowie’s is a great option for delicious, local barbeque. From ribs and pulled pork to fried okra and corn on the cob, Bowies has everything you’re looking for in a bbq lunch or dinner. Bowie’s is located right off the interstate and is open for lunch, dinner, and take out.
Located right off the interstate, Bromas Deli is a great option for lunch and dinner. Serving sandwiches and paninis, homemade soups, and big salads, Bromas is a great deli option with unique local décor. Be sure to try the Ole Brook Chicken Sandwhich or the Natchez Avenue French Dip- both named for this “Homeseekers Paradise”.
In the mood for Mexican? Brookhaven’s newest mexican restaurant offers great service and delicious food. Located on the boulevard, it’s a short drive from the Inn on Whitworth.
Kings Daughters Medical Center Fitness
Visit Kings Daughters newly renovated fitness center. With cutting edge equipment and full time trainers on staff, you’re sure to have a workout worthy of returning. view website
With numerous club amenities, visit snap fitness for a free week long trial. From lifting weights and running on the treadmill to nutritional snacks and personal training, snap fitness offers a variety of health options. view website
Mt. Zion Bike Trails
Brookhaven is home to one of the best single-track trails in Mississippi. There are trails for beginners, intermediates, and expert riders. Brookhaven hosted its first USAC sanctioned XC races in 2011.
World War II Museum
Located 1 block from the Inn.
Jewish Historical Museum and Brookhaven Historical Society
Located 3 blocks from the Inn.
Ole Brook Festival
The first weekend of October the Brookhaven-Lincoln Count Chamber of Commerce hosts the premier family festival for south Mississippi. 200 arts and crafts vendors and 20+ food vendors descend on Downtown Brookhaven. The festival concludes Saturday evening with a Christian concert.
Brookhaven is a survivor of small towns. Historically similar to those which resulted in the disappearance of formerly flourishing Lincoln County villages and towns such as Beauregard, Bogue Chitto, Cold Springs, Hartman, Nola, Norfield, and Wellman, for more than a century Brookhaven has achieved a fairly steady, gentle prosperity for reasons other than its designation as the seat of Lincoln County government.
A part of West Florida governed by England from 1763 to 1779 and then by Spain until ceded to the United States by the Pinckney Treaty of 1795, it was included in the Territory or Mississippi when created in 1798 by the U. S. Congress, which accorded statehood to the area presently named “Mississippi” in 1817.
Situated amid the steep hills and dales covered with dense forests of towering virgin longleaf yellow pines, interspersed occasionally with boggy swamps and stretches of rich bottom land and grassy prairie, political dominion meant next to nothing to the relatively thin population of Choctaw Indians or their use of the land as hunting grounds and for food crop patches until 1805 when, under the Treaty of Mount Dexter, the Choctaw Nation forever yielded their Indians’ federally recognized possessory right to the soil and its usufruct to the federal government.
There began a gradual settlement for purposes of the area embraced since 1870 by Lincoln County, but then comprising parts of Lawrence and others of the original 14 Mississippi counties.
Until the late 1850’s, along the line from New Orleans to Jackson, which would ultimately be the center of the Illinois Central main line railroad right of way, there was neither village nor town worthy of the name. By and large, the settlers and their retainers came from Georgia, the Carolinas, Kentucky and Tennessee where their families had been established for many years previous. They were Protestants of English, Scotch-Irish, and African heritage.
At completion of the railroad in 1858 the town was “a mere hamlet with a dozen wooden houses”. Included was the first place of worship built in 1858. Between railroad completion and Mississippi’s 1861 secession from the Union, not a universally popular action in the “Piney Woods” section of the state which included Brookhaven, the potential provided by rail access to major market points drew the attention of far sighted individuals with both commercial and cultural vision and there were laid the foundations for timber products manufacture and education at the college level which invigorated the community for many years.