Rising from the woods yet merging with the surrounding water and forest sits Pinecote Pavilion. One of several major structures which define architect E. Fay Jones, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Pavilion is the highlight of the Crosby Arboretum located near Picayune, MS.
Fans of E. Fay Jones will delight in the Pavilion which is a symmetrical shed. As with all of his designs, this ones blends into its environment with the base being earth toned brick surrounded by earth, water and trees. The structure is used for various events with the main use being a gathering place. There are also talks and discussions, music events and the starting point for nature walks. But again, like most of Jones’ designs, Pinecote Pavilion brings peace and serenity to most who view it from a distance.
The Arboretum is much more than the Pavilion. There are walking trails highlighting the Gulf Coast Region as well as the Mississippi woodlands. The Savanna Exhibit is a landscape native to the original Gulf Coast featuring wildflowers, grasses and native shrubs and trees. The Woodland Exhibit was planted on the abandoned strawberry farm. It will take the forest approximately 200 years to be dominated by the hardwoods.
These exhibits and all that goes with the Crosby Arboretum would not have been possible if it were not for a strawberry farm. The farm was developed by the Crosby family out of necessity due to the depression. The family’s main business was timber and related products. One family member, L. O. Crosby, Jr. may have enjoyed strawberries, yet he was more – lumber executive, civic leader and philanthropist. After his death in 1978, his family turned the strawberry farm into an interpretive center. The Crosby Arboretum Foundation was formed and in 1997 it teamed with Mississippi State University. The Arboretum has various exhibits and focuses on native plants of the Pearl River Drainage Basin.
If you enjoy nature walks, trees, water and flowers, Crosby Arboretum is the place to visit. Plan a day – pack a picnic lunch, grab your walking stick and hat and have the camera ready.
Clearwater RV Park is the perfect place to stay to enjoy all Crosby Arboretum has to offer. We are approximately ten miles from the Arboretum. Call, (601) 749-8142, to reserve your site today and remember “Quiet Never Sounded So Good!”