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On December 1, the Possum Ridge model train exhibit will open at the Two Mississippi Museums—the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. There is no charge to view the exhibit, which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. The Possum Ridge exhibit will be closed on December 25, and will end on December 31.

For more than forty years the model trains and town of Possum Ridge have been a holiday tradition delighting both children and adults. The site depicts a typical Mississippi railroad town of the 1940s. In its first year it consisted of a single block of an electrified Main Street with ten buildings, including a bank, dry goods store, newspaper office, and restaurant.

Today the trains circle a town that has grown to include a depot, church, bakery, barbershop, icehouse, sawmill, cotton gin, train yard, and much more. There are also houses located off Main Street, farmsteads, a small airport, and even a river baptism scene. A model of the Panama Limited train runs on a track around the perimeter of the site.

For more information call the Mississippi Department of Archives and History at 601-576-6850 or email info@mdah.ms.gov.

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