Laurel named one of '20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2018'

Laurel named one of '20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2018'

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Laurel is gaining some national recognition for its beauty, history and appeal. Smithsonian Magazine named Laurel one of its "20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2018" on Tuesday.

The city has become a destination for tourists from all over the U.S. after being the focus of HGTV's "Home Town."

The list features towns across the country with populations under 20,000 that have historic elements, distinct cultural offerings, natural beauty and other attractions.

It's been just over a year since Erin and Ben Napier, stars of HGTV's "Home Town," introduced their beloved Laurel, Mississippi, to the TV masses, and since then this Southern small town with big charm has taken off. Situated in southeast Mississippi's Pine Belt, the former mill city and oil town is today known for its Oak-lined sidewalks, brick roadways and a splendid mix of innovative restaurants and specialty shops.

The list highlights the Laurel Welcome Center, downtown's Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, the Laurel Little Theatre, Slowboat Brewing Company, Cafe la Fleur, The Knight Butcher, the Napier's Laurel Mercantile and Downtown Thursday.

You can view the full list by visiting

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