Clarksdale, Mississippi: Shack Up Inn

Spend the night in a real sharecropper's shack -- with air-conditioning.
001 Commissary Circle, Clarksdale, MS
A couple of miles south of town, off of southbound US Hwy 49 at the junction of Hwy 322.
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The so-called shack we stayed in was not old. It was built to look old, and they did a great job. They're building more and including silos into the mix. Very nice staff and great bar.

[JayBeeYell, 05/11/2019]

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I am in the Gunny Shack as I write this. I love it. I grew up in the middle of an orange grove and the house was similar (although much bigger) than this, and this takes me right back. The staff is very cool, the prices are reasonable and you're about 3 miles from Robert Johnson's "Crossroads." It's different, it's quirky and it's very very cool. Not to mention they loaned me a guitar at the front desk and I have a piano in my shack.

[Gene Murrell, 01/02/2017]
Shack Up Inn

A wonderful place. We visited from California, our 3rd visit. I just noticed that someone wrote that it was racist! When they set-up and opened the Pine Top Perkins shack, Pine Top (famous blues piano player) himself was there for the opening.

The people who own and run the Shack Up Inn are wonderful people. Most assuredly not racist, but have a love for all people and cultures. I highly recommend a stay there.

[Terrell Swan, 01/10/2010]
Shack Up Inn

We just stayed at the Shack Up Inn. The staff is friendly and helpful. Our room was one of the "bins," as all the Shacks were rented. It was super cool, with a hand-painted mural on the bathroom walls of people dancing to the juke joint piano player. We met almost all the guests and had our own little party. There's a bar on the corner (just a short walk) that had a good band. Drinks were reasonable and the music good.

[Camille o., 09/03/2009]
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These "shacks" are actually former tenant houses, gathered together from the middle of cotton fields. I live in Mississippi and was floored when I heard about this place, where a middle class white couple can have a great weekend drinking beer on an authentic porch.

In reality these shotgun "shacks" represent the horrible living conditions of both white and black poor people for more than two centuries. I guess it's supposed to cute. Or slumming(?). Or whatever.

It's a sick concept. Do I even need to mention racist?

[jeph, 09/02/2009]

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