If you’re looking for an idyllic Southern town that’s conveniently located near major cities and fun tourist spots, Olive Branch, MS is the perfect place for you. Located just south of the Mississippi border, Olive Branch is a short drive from Memphis, Tennessee, as well as Germantown and Tunica. Keep reading for a full overview of our neighboring city of Olive Branch, from the city’s history to current fun attractions!
Olive Branch was first settled in 1836, given its name ten years later, and officially incorporated another eight years after that. Olive Branch’s growth was slow for its first hundred years; but by the mid-1900s, its population began to grow exponentially, from 1,600 in the 1970s to 33,000 today. For 20 years, Olive Branch was the fastest growing city in the US; Memphis residents decides to adopt a quieter lifestyle and relocate to the suburb.
Its proximity to Memphis isn’t all there is to Olive Branch—there are plenty of things to do in the town as well. Olive Branch is a beautiful town with attractions like Brussel’s Bonsai, an enormous bonsai tree nursery that also holds an annual gathering for bonsai enthusiasts called Rendezvous. Nature lovers and fans of Asian culture will love this spot.
Visit historic Olive Branch Old Towne, which features the Historic Walking Trail, the Arts in the Alley exhibit, and lots of shops and restaurants. Depending on when you visit, there are all kinds of festivals to attend and free concerts in the summertime. For a closer look at Olive Branch’s history, visit the Wesson House, one of DeSoto County’s three Dedicated Mississippi Landmarks that has been standing for 120 years.
Home to lovely bed and breakfasts and hotels, Olive Branch is the perfect place to make your home base while you explore the surrounding area. If you’re in need of a new car in the Olive Branch area, be sure to make the short drive up to Gossett Volkswagen Germantown! Our dealership offers a wide selection of new VW cars, including the Beetle, Passat and Golf. Browse our website to learn more, or give our dealership a call to set up a meeting with a sales representative.