There’s a few things that Home Town folks really love; food, family, community––and hosting some company!
It’s true that we have a tight-knit community. Our folks know each other by name, shop locally, and try to promote each other the best we can.
A lot of visitors tell us that we’re so charming that they don’t want to leave! Others decide to make Laurel their forever home.
But even if you don’t want to move in with us, the least we can do is take care of you while you’re here!
Home Town Treatment
Like I said, our people can’t be beat when it comes to Southern hospitality. When you arrive, we’ve got your itinerary covered. Stop by the Laurel Welcome Center first to get the scoop on our walking tour of the Historic District, brochures for things to do in surrounding areas, and some historical info you may not know!
LOCALS TIP: Ask any merchant where you can find a map of Downtown Laurel! This will come in great use to you.
After you’re rightfully welcomed, make your way around town and visit our local merchants! Those are the people who will make you feel right at home.
LOCALS TIP: You may see a few friendly and familiar faces! A few of our local merchants were featured on HGTV Home Town. Grab a selfie with them!
Folks Who Loved Laurel
For proof that our Home Town charm is real, we included some testimonies of visitors from all over! (Even Canada!)
“We fell in love with Laurel MS!! We live in Nashville and decided to see if what we see on the show is legit. It is!! ???We walked and drove all over (blisters to prove it), and I can’t stop thinking about it. The charm is for real. The people so friendly. We will visit again.?” -Tricia Haux Baxter; Posted in HGTV Home Town Fan Group
We spent all day today exploring my parent’s hometown of Laurel, MS. . I grew up visiting Laurel every summer and major holiday, but in the last decade or so most everyone has moved away from town and we haven’t been back too often. . Laurel has been getting some really cool national attention for the HGTV show ‘Hometown’ and a lot of neat stores are going in the downtown. . Today was such a fun trip down memory lane to see tons of spots I knew and loved plus some new and gorgeous shops that have arrived. . We also spent a good thirty minutes driving up and down every street in town so my mother could tell us the names of 75% of the houses’ former occupants and regale us with tales of sneaking in that ones backyard or secretly riding that one’s elevator up and down until someone’s mama came home or praying that one’s owner didn’t call her mother… again. (In other news – I now totally blame my mother and my husband for Bowen’s wild streak) . It was so fun to hear the history of a town that has so much meaning to our family. Laurel, we love ya! . #Laurel #LaurelMS #Mississippi #HGTV #HGTVHometown
“Visiting my childhood hometown for the day and got to meet Miss Pearl! Loved seeing Laurel come alive again!” -Kathy Myrick Reid; Posted in HGTV Home Town Fan Group
I loooove Laurel, and am pretty sure you will too. ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ It's the hometown of @hgtv 's "Home Town" TV show #saythatfivetimesfast and is just the cutest lil small town you ever did see. Plus, the food is wonderful and the people are friendly >> prepare to be hugged by complete strangers bearing large plates of fried everything. #heaven ♡ ♡ ♡ Sharing travel notes + #foodporn pics from our trip down to Laurel over on the blog. Head over to @motivatedgeny and click the link in bio to read! ♡ ♡ ♡ #laurelms #hgtvhometown #hgtvaddict #millennialtravel #mississippi #liveinlaurel #mississippilife #travelblogger #smalltownusa #madeinmississippi #historicdowntown #ohtheplacesyoullgo #mainstreetamerica
“Laurel is a lovely town. We enjoyed every moment, from last night ‘s Home Town season 2 finale, Miss Pearl’s diner and a wonderful conversation with Josh. We were treated like royalty when the chamber of Commerce saw where I put my pin to show where we’re from: Oshawa Ontario Canada. They gave us a shout out and asked us to stand. Some of Laurel ‘s citizens stopped by with welcome words. So, Canada stop by Laurel. You won’t be disappointed. ?” -Valdeen Button; Posted in HGTV Home Town Fan Group
We are thrilled to have so many visitors from across the country stoping by to pin their hometowns down at the JUNKtion ! This sweet couple from Georgia were excited to be here in #downtownlaurel to see what all the excitement is about . Maybe they will run into @erinapier and @scotsman down at the @laurelmercantile . #pinyourhometown #visitlaurel #hgtvhometown @laurelmainstreet #shoppeddlersjunktion #antiquestoboutiques #vintage #msmade
“We are from Parkland, FL and enjoyed the first part of our adult spring break in Laurel. We have a lot going on in our hometown right now and it was nice to relax here in Laurel. It was as sweet of a town as the show portrays it! We loved it!” -Pam Turner; Posted in HGTV Home town Show Followers
The Home Town experience is one that you need to come enjoy in-person! We’d love to have you anytime. Don’t be a stranger!
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