Visiting Dockery Farms

Dockery Farms is open year round and welcomes visitors to this place that is entrenched in blues history. The site is open from dawn until dusk unless a special event has been approved for use later in the evening. Most of the farm’s notable spaces are outdoors and can be viewed by taking a walk across the property. You do not need permission to visit Dockery, but if you would like to arrange a tour, please contact Bill Lester at wclester@gmail.com. Fees for guided tours are $10 per person for individuals or groups, and a set fee may be approved for large groups. A 50% discount is available for school group tours. 

A lot of time and expense goes into keeping up the buildings and grounds of Dockery, so we encourage visitors to make a donation of $10 to support our mission of ongoing restoration of the property. A theft-free box for cash and check donations is located with the sign-in book near the seed house, and you may also donate online through this link to PayPal:

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=sWfr4ULrpSbrFQtzpswYrvzA3pyFFnQMLDEjl-6U1D5gflPkt-hm6bWzlgR_JLsL0p4SlG&country.x=US&locale.x=US

All gifts are tax deductible through the 501(c)(3) Dockery Farms Foundation, and all donors with gifts above $100 will receive a letter from the Foundation to serve as a receipt. 


Getting here:
Dockery is approximately two hours south of Memphis, TN, and two hours north of Jackson, MS. Memphis offers the nearest large airport, and there’s a smaller regional airport in Greenville, just 40 minutes away.

The widely followed Mississippi Blues Trail has a marker at Dockery named "Birthplace of the Blues?", and there are many other Blues Trail markers in nearby Bolivar and Sunflower counties. Download the Blues Trail app through iTunes or Google Play to build your own itinerary or find content from each marker on the Trail.

Listed below are links to help you find events happening during your visit as well as other attractions. GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, located on the campus of Delta State University in Cleveland, is certainly worth a visit.

And remember, after you visit, share your photos and videos with us. If you post them to Facebook, Flickr or YouTube, make them public and tag them Dockery Farms and just send us a link.

 

Below are some links you may find helpful in planning your visit.

visitclevelandms.com

grammymuseumms.org

visitmississippi.org

visitthedelta.com

bbkingmuseum.org

 

Here are some suggestions on dining, lodging and attractions in Cleveland, Clarksdale, Indianola, and Greenwood:


Dining in Cleveland

Airport Grocery
3806 Hwy 61 North
662-843-4817

A La Carte Alley (currently closed for remodeling)
111 South Court Street
662-843-6510

Backdraft (dinner only)
337 Cotton Row
662-846-9991

Christina’s Exquisite Edibles (lunch and homemade treats)
331 Cotton Row
662-719-2362

The Country Platter
700 Ruby Street and Hwy 61
662-846-7051

Crave (coffee, lunch, and cupcakes)
103 South Davis Avenue
662-843-5222

Crustaceans Crawfish
724 Davis Avenue
662-846-6456

Daylight Donuts
316 North Davis Avenue
662-887-2047

Delta Dairy Frozen Yogurt
113 S. Sharpe Avenue
662-202-5008

Delta Meat Market
118 North Sharpe Avenue
662-719-9778

Fat Baby’s Catfish House
Highway 61 North
662-721-9001

Guadalajara
Industrial Drive
662-846-6965

Hey Joe’s Café and Record Shop
118 East Sunflower Road, Suite C
662-843-5425

La Cabana
702 Highway 61 North
662-843-1917

Little China Kitchen
604 North Davis Avenue
662-843-1688

Lost Pizza Company
3745 Hwy 61
662-846-1300

Mississippi Grounds
219 South Court Street
662-545-4528

Mosquito Burrito
301 Cotton Row
662-843-4822

Papa Roc’s
Highway 8 West
662-846-5282
Simply Southern Buffet
214 North Davis Avenue
662-846-7565

Sweets BBQ Kitchen
122 North Street
662-545-4950

The Pickled Okra
201 South Sharpe Avenue
662-843-8510

The Senator’s Place
Hwy 61 South
662-846-7434

The Sweetery
112 Sharpe Avenue
662-054-5452

The Starving Musician
323 Cotton Row
662-843-7535

The Warehouse
229 North Sharpe Avenue
662-846-1288


Dining near Cleveland

Bellazar’s
114 South Gaines Hwy
Boyle, MS
662-846-8949

The Blue Levee
Hwy 8 and Hwy 1
Rosedale, MS
662-759-6333

Crawdad’s
104 South Park Street
Merigold, MS
662-748-2441

The Gallery (lunch only)
100 Sunflower Street
Merigold, MS
662-748-2754

 

Lodging in Cleveland

Bolivar County Expo
601 First Avenue
662-846-5877
RV parking First come, first serve Call 662-719-6589

Comfort Inn
807 North Davis Avenue
Hwy 61 N
(662) 846-1525

Delta Inn
Hwy 61 South 
(662) 846-1873

Hampton Inn
912 Davis Avenue
(662) 846-2915

Holiday Inn Express
808 N. Davis Ave.
(662) 843-9300
(877) 863-4780

Rodeway Inn
721 North Davis Avenue, Cleveland, MS 38732
(662) 843-4060
(800) 424-6423

Super 6
Highway 61 South
(662) 843 7535

Western Motel
907 South Davis Avenue
(662) 843 6908


Attractions in Cleveland

Bologna Performing Arts Center
1003 W. Sunflower Road
Cleveland, MS 38733
(662) 846-4626

McCarty’s Pottery
101 Saint Mary Street
Merigold, MS 38759
(662) 748-2293

Po Monkey’s
Po Monkey Road
Merigold, MS 38759
(662) 843-2712


Dining in and around Clarksdale

Abe’s BBQ
616 State Street
(662) 624-9947

Great River Road County Store
Hwy 1
Rena Lara, MS
(662) 627-4837

Ground Zero Blues Club
Blues Alley
(662) 621-9009

Hicks Famous Hot Tamales and BBQ
305 State Street
(662) 624-9887

Ramon’s (Steak and Seafood)
535 Oakhurst
(662) 624-9230


Lodging in Clarksdale

Blues Hound Flat
309 Issaquena Avenue
(901)272-0230 or info@blueshoundflat.com.

Bluestown Inn
238 Issaquena Avenue
(662) 624-5251

The Clark House
211 Clark Street
(662) 621-1632

Delta Bohemian Guest House
Seminole Street
662- 392-9249

Delta Cotton Company Apartments
0 Blues Alley
(662) 645-9366 or book online groundzerobluesclub.com

Delta Digs
104 E. Second Street
732-740-6155

Eastern Star Executive Suite
301 Issaquena Avenue

Isle of Capri Casino
777 Isle of Capri Parkway
Lula, MS
1-800-789-5825

The Loft at Hopson Plantation
8141 Old Hwy. 49S
(662) 624-5756

The Lofts at the Five and Dime
211 Yazoo Avenue
(888) 510-9604

The Hooker Hotel
112 E Second Street
732-740-6155

Shack Up Inn/Cotton Gin Inn
001 Commissary Circle, Clarksdale

Shacksdale USA Motel
8144 Old Hwy 49 S, Clarksdale
(662) 624-8329

Seven Chimneys Farm
145 Delta Avenue
(662) 483-0114
shonda@sevenchimneysfarm.com

The Squeeze Box
108 E. 2nd Street, Clarksdale,
(732) 740-6155

Uptown Motor Inn
305 E. 2nd Street, Clarksdale
662.627.3251

Uncle Henry’s Place and Inn
5860 Moon Lake Road
Lula, MS
Experience the atmosphere of the infamous Moon Lake Casino immortalized in several Tennessee Williams’ plays, now a bed & breakfast. Located on Moon Lake about 25 minutes north of Clarksdale off Route 1. For reservations call 662.337.2757.

Comfort Inn – (74 rooms)
818 State St.
Clarksdale, MS 38614
662-627-5122

Executive Inn – (93 rooms)
710 State St.
Clarksdale, MS 38614
662-627-9292

Hampton Inn – (63 rooms)
15000 New Africa Rd.
Clarksdale, MS 38614
662-621-1717


Attractions in Clarksdale

Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art
252 Delta Avenue
Clarksdale, MS 38614
662-624-5992

Delta Blues Museum
1 Blues Alley
Clarksdale, MS 38614
662-627-6820


Dining in Greenwood

Crystal Grill
423 Carrollton Avenue
662-453-6530

Delta Bistro (lunch only)
117 Main Street
662-455-9575

Delta Bistro Pub (dinner only)
222 Howard Street
662-459-9345

Giardina’s (dinner only)
314 Howard Street
662-453-2114

Lusco’s (dinner only)
722 Carrollton Avenue
662-453-5365


Lodging in Greenwood

America’s Best Inn & Suites
335 Highway 82 W.
662-453-4364 - 1-800-329-7466

Comfort Suites
2008 Hwy 82 West
662-453-6565

Hampton Inn
Highway 82 & Highway 49 Bypass
662-455-7985
800-HAMPTON

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
401 Clements St.
662-455-1885
800-HOLIDAY

Tallahatchie Flats
58458 County Road 518
(Money Road)
662-453-1854


Attractions in Greenwood

Museum of the Mississippi Delta
1608 Hwy 82 West
662-453-0925

The Alluvian Spa
325 D Howard Street
662-451-6700

Viking Cooking School
325 C Howard Street
662-451-6750


Dining in Indianola

Crown In Town (lunch only)
112 Front Street
662-887-4522

NOLA
112 Court Avenue
(662) 887-2990

The Blue Biscuit
501 Second St.


Lodging in Indianola

Bed on the Bayou
114 Percy Street East
662-887-1129

Best Western - Indianola
910 Hwy 82 East
662-887-6611

Days Inn
1015 Hwy 82
662-887-4242

The Blue Biscuit Bungalows
501 Second St.
662-645-0258

The Cottage at Holly Ridge
25 Holly Ridge - Holmes Road
662-887-9911


Attractions in Indianola

B.B. King Museum
400 Second Street
Indianola, MS 38751
662-887-9539