Borroum’s Drug Store, located at 604 East Waldron Street on the square in Corinth, Mississippi, is a landmark in the northeastern part of the state. Borroum’s has existed for nearly a century and a half and continues to serve as a site of tourism and a resource for local living history as well as to minister to the medical needs of Corinth residents.
The store was established in 1865 by Andrew Jackson Borroum, a doctor who had obtained his degree from Louisiana Medical School and served as an assistant surgeon in Company C of the 34th Mississippi Infantry in the Civil War. Convinced by a friend to settle in Corinth, Borroum began practicing and then opened a drugstore. He moved it to its present location in 1916.
The store has remained in the hands of family members and is presently owned and operated by the founder’s great-granddaughter, Camille Borroum Mitchell, one of the first two female students to obtain pharmacy degrees from the University of Mississippi. Early in her involvement with the store, Mitchell recognized the importance of making it a tourist destination as well as a drugstore and added a museum that included old medicine bottles, antique fixtures, photographs of the early days of Corinth, family relics from the Civil War, and an arrowhead collection compiled by her father, James Lannes Borroum. The store also features a working 1926 cash register, Mitchell’s portraits of the store’s former owners, and a functioning antique soda fountain and Art Deco–style bar. The store has been featured on numerous television programs and in such magazines as Mississippi Farm Country and Southern Living. Along with tourists, customers continue to come to buy both prescription and over-the-counter drugs and to have sodas, phosphates, and malts at the soda fountain, making Borroum’s Drug Store an intriguing combination of a historical artifact and living organism unique and important to the texture of Corinth and North Mississippi.
- Borroum’s Drug Store website, http://www.borroumsdrugstore.com/
- Elmo Howell, in Mississippi Scenes: Notes on Literature and History (1992)
- Scott Jones, Southern Living (June 2003)
- “Solve the Mystery,” Mississippi Farm Country: Publication of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation (July–August 2002)