Mississippi’s eastern-central pines feature a variety of locations, from unspoiled wilderness settings to modern cities. Antebellum and Victorian homes, the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, and abundant lakes, streams, and swamps are all found in Columbus. Meridian features a restored Victorian-era downtown and the magnificent Riley Center/Opera House. Gaming, golf, and the Choctaw Nation are found in Philadelphia. Starkville, a quaint main street town, features the sprawling campus of Mississippi State University, our foremost institution for agriculture and engineering.