Mississippi John Hurt lived in Avalon until he died in Grenada, Mississippi. Avalon is a small town on Mississippi Highway 7, about 12 miles north of Greenwood. Carroll County placed a highway marker at Avalon to commemorate the music of Mississippi John Hurt. Avalon today has the remains of a store, a few houses, and the 'Mississippi John Hurt Museum' which is contained in the shack where he lived. In 2006, a gospel festival and a blues festival were held on the grounds of Mississippi John Hurt's home and the current site of the museum.