Was never on our travel agenda but we ended up in downtown Jackson near the Capitol none the less. We were just going to just take a few pictures from the outside but decided to wander inside. From the security guard to the gift shop woman, everyone was just so friendly. We didn't have time for the organized tour so we walked around the interior on our own. Were able to enter both the House and Senate Chambers and take plenty of pictures. Lots of beautiful stained glass images along the stairways. Wife was impressed with the incredible artisanship that went into the marble and carvings throughout the building.
The women who worked the front entrance gave us walking guides and a small color pamphlet type book on the Capitol building. Everyone in the family was also given a free golden pin in shape of the Capitol Dome. They were very friendly and talkative about who the governor was, some history on the building and even on what to see at the older, original capitol building that was just down the street.
The gift shop had few items to sell, but if you were looking for a perfect postcard or print of Jackson, they sold a 5 x 7 postcard of Jackson that was the best one I'd seen in the entire city. Almost good enough to frame. An Aerial shot of the Capitol with the Jackson skyline in the back. They also sold $3.00 sealed bags of postcards that included the 5 x 7 shot along with a bunch of postcards of the interior of the Capitol Building.
When we returned to Seattle after 30 days on the road, we had received a thank you card from the Capitol staff for taking the time to stop and visit. Not your Xeroxed form letter either. Someone had bought an actual thank you card and handwritten several paragraphs on how nice it was to meet us and hoping we had enjoyed our trip to Atlanta and our other vacation destinations. Talk about going the extra mile in hospitality.
Overall, we found the Capitol and downtown Jackson to be incredibly beautiful and friendly. I would rank it as one of the top 3 (I've only visited 25-26 though) most beautiful Capitol Buildings in America. Definitely worth visiting if ever in the area.
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