The charming town of Laurel, Mississippi came to prominence as the yellow pine capital but most recently has appeared on the hit HGTV show Home Town, which premiered in 2016. Starring Ben and Erin Napier, the couple restores homes in their town while also highlighting small businesses.
It’s made Laurel a popular destination, especially for fans. Want to see where your favorite episode was filmed? Look no further. We’re highlighting the most popular spots from Home Town.
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Home Town Places to See in Laurel
You might recognize these landmarks from your television screen! We haven’t included the homes, which are private property, but these places are open to the public.
Bird Dog Cafe
Set in a former home, Bird Dog Cafe was one of the locations the Napiers renovated during the fourth season of the show. The cozy cafe has sandwiches and coffee by day and cocktails and live music by night. It’s full of reclaimed wood and artwork.
If you only make one stop in Laurel, it should be here. Laurel Mercantile Co. is the Napiers’ shop where you’ll find the iconic blue truck parked out front, along with a mural designed by Erin. Inside the store is everything a fan needs, from Erin’s artwork to Ben’s coffee, along with coffee mugs, candles, clothing, and home decor.
The lawn next to it, called the “Front Yard,” hosts events and a few blocks away is a lot where the film crews set up during the season. You never know when you might spot them!
Lauren Rogers Museum of Art
Erin has gained inspiration for her design projects at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, located a few blocks from the downtown shops. The museum opened in 1923 as a memorial to a local man who died at age 23.
The Georgian Revival building has artwork and artifacts from all over the world, including rare titles from Mississippi native William Faulkner. You can also get a walking tour brochure while you’re here.
Featured on the show, Pearl’s Diner is often mentioned as one of their favorite places to eat, set in a former jewelry store. The meat-and-three style restaurant is known for its fried chicken and collard greens, not to mention the Kool Aid Pie. Be sure to go early or expect to wait.
Scotsman General Store
Ben’s store and woodworking shop, Scotsman General Store, is right by the Amtrak station. There’s a lawn next door where you can grab a popsicle and watch the trains pass. Inside the store is a window where you can see him work as well as gifts like dog gear, beard oil, and Ben’s line of coffee.
Nearby Places to See
The Napiers have also featured nearby places, including in Hattiesburg, a 30-minute drive south.
The Lucky Rabbit, Hattiesburg
This funky store has been featured on the show for the unusual items found here, including vintage video games, signs from closed businesses, antiques, and gifts. There’s a converted school bus full of Pyrex crockery and pop-ups based on television and film, including Schitt’s Creek and Stranger Things.
The small town of Ellisville appeared during a season five renovation. While you’re here, check out The Carpenter Bros Emporium of Wonderful Whatnots & Hole In The Wall Food Joint, a flea market and restaurant with vintage furniture, clothing, and artwork.
Where to Stay in Laurel
Laurel has seen a large influx of Airbnb properties to meet fan demand, including some of the homes featured on the show. Mallorie runs the Laurel Cottages, a collection of rentals throughout town.