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Picayune: Small town close to New Orleans

CHRISTOPHER BOSTICK/SUN HERALD 
 Edd Scafidl's blacksmithing art is on display during Crosby Arboretum's eighth annual Forge Day, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Picayune.
CHRISTOPHER BOSTICK/SUN HERALD Edd Scafidl's blacksmithing art is on display during Crosby Arboretum's eighth annual Forge Day, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Picayune.

Picayune is nestled east of New Orleans and northwest of the Mississippi Coast. It offers a hometown atmosphere with the big city a short drive away. The City Hall area of town is adorned with armed forces memorials. Eliza Jane Poitevent Nicholson named the city after the newspaper she owned and published ­­the New Orleans Daily Picayune, now the Times­-Picayune.

Population: 10,749

Points of Interest

Blues & Heritage Festival, Oct. 22, 2016, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., downtown historic area, Picayune, (601)  799‐3070

Crosby Arboretum, 370 Ridge Rd., (601) 799‐2311

Millbrook Country Club, 600 Country Club Road, (601) 798‐8711

Highland Community Hospital, 130 Highland Parkway, (601) 358‐9400

Picayune Municipal Airport, 148 Runway Road, (601) 798‐9770

Lower Pearl River Valley Transportation Museum, 200 Mississippi 11 S., (601) 798‐3122,

Picayune Main Street Street Fair, Nov. 5‐6, 2016, and April 1‐2, 2017, Downtown historic area, 601‐799‐3070

● Pine Tree Lanes, 426 Memorial Blvd., (601) 799‐2081

Pontoon Bridge Battalion Memorial (and other military memorials and monuments), by City Hall, 203 Goodyear Blvd., (601) 798‐6271,

Run with the Pigs, Oct. 28‐29, 2016, Crosby Commons, Picayune, 601‐798‐3122

Friendship Park, 1701 South Haugh, (601) 799‐0602

Christmas on the Rails “Shop by Candlelight,” Early December each year, downtown historic area, (601) 799‐3070

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