If you like the sea...you might like to stop in The Seafood Industry Museum.
They also have a side room and you can see a video of what hurricane camille did to the area in the '60s
It has an array of pictures, paintings and anything connected to boats. It also has old silver, glass and coins that were found in digs around the Gulfport-Bilioxi area.
UPDATE: The Seafood Museum was totally destroyed after Katrina.
A new one is in the process of being built.
Biloxi is a city of over 44,000 located on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Like a lot of beachfront areas the coast is almost wall to wall towns. I have spent a lot of time in Biloxi at Keesler Air Force Base teaching classes. Biloxi is my favorite town along the coast.
Biloxi has very nice beaches, casinos, great hotels, and a variety of types of restaurants. Biloxi was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina but is working hard to bounce back better than ever. There is a lot to see and do here and Biloxi is one of the BEST destinations in the state and the region.
Attractions include (but are not limited to): Beauvoir (the home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis); many casinos; a very nice beach; several museums; sculptures from trees; a nice historic district; and more.
Carrollton is a very small town of under 500 located in Central Mississippi. It is the county seat of Carroll County. The town and the county were named after Charles Carroll of Carrollton the last surviving signatory (at the time) of the Declaration of Independence. Carrollton has a decent little historic district with a few buildings of historical and/or architectural interest; the Merrill Museum (a nice small town museum with limited hours); and veterans monuments to Civil War Veterans and another to all other veterans.
Brookhaven is a rapidly growing small city in Southwest Mississippi with a population of over 12,000. That was a 26% increase over the 2000 Census. Brookhaven was founded in 1818 and was named after the hometown of one of its founders, Brookhaven, New York. Brookhaven is the county seat of Lincoln County. Brookhaven has a newer modern looking courthouse, a decent historical district with a great church and a nice veterans monument on the courthouse grounds.
While here, try to get to Bowie's BBQ.
For more information, see my Brookhaven Page
The Natchez Trace Parkway follows an old Indian trail and a route used during the American revolutions. In 1796 Natchez Trace was a mail route. Today it is a scenic parkway that travels from Natchez, Mississippi (a beautiful small city on the Mississippi River in the southwest part of the state) to Nashville (passing through Jackson and Tupelo on the way). There is a small park on the river in Natchez with a stome monument to the begining of the route.
Shepard State Park is located on the Singing River in Pascagoula River country, where legends say members of the Pascagoula Indian nation linked hands and walked into the Pascagoula River rather than be taken captive by hostile Indian tribes. The mournful death chant earned the Pascagoula River the nickname "Singing River." Tales of the heroic exploits of French and Spanish settlers and romantic legends of the Pascagoula and Biloxi Indians are standard fare in the scenic coastal area surrounding Shepard State Park. Make sure you check out the beautiful wetlands.
There is a nice nature trail here. I am not sure the total length but it was a pretty easy trail with nice views of the wetlands.
For more information and photos see my Shepard State Park Page.
The Battle of Vicksburg was one of the most decisive battles of the Civil War. The Confederate's defeat foreshadowed the inevitable victory by the north. The battle began when Union Forces under General Grant started his movment towards Vicksburg leaving Milliken's Bend on 31 March 1863. Grant's army continued marching and fighting Confederate trrops until he reached Vicksburg on 18 May. Vicksburg was essential to control of traffic on the Mississippi River. If Grant could take Vicksburg it would disrupt supplies for the south and drive a wedge between Confederate Forces in the east and the west. The south surrendered Vicksburg on 4 July 1863. A fact that so angered people in the town that they refused to celebrate the 4th of July until during World War 2 when the nation was trying to reunite after the war.
There are several different types of monuments and displays in the park to include: state monuments; specific unit monuments; monuments to different key people; significant sites of interest; the USS Cairo and it's museum; and others. Probably the most impressive and most photographed of the State Monuments is the Illinois Monument (Photo 2).
Also worth a visit is the USS Cairo and the small museum associated with it. The USS Cairo was sunk on 12 December 1862. It remained sunk in the Mississippi until it was salvaged in the early 1960s. Many of the artifacts recovered from the ship are on display in the USS Cairo museum.
For more information and photos see my Vicksburg National Military Park Page
Trace State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities ranging from fishing and water sports to exploring miles of secluded nature trails. There is also a disk golf course, picnic areas, and other attractions. I really enjoyed this very pretty park. A special arrangement with the Pontotoc Country Club allows Trace State Park guests to enjoy the club's 18-hole golf course without paying green fees. It is also conveniently located minutes from Tupelo.
Trace State Park is named after the Natchez Trace and is also called Old Natchez Park.
Trace State Park offers a variety of accomodations ranging from cabins to primitive campsites.
Trace State Park has a nice lake for boating, water skiing, fishing and other water sports. I talked to this local guy for a while and he said there is good fishing on the lake, although he wasn't having much luck that day.
For more info and pictures see my page under Belden, Mississippi.
Natchez has always been a place of history and opportunity. Natchez National Historic Park preserves Melrose Plantation (the impressive mansion of plantation owner John McMurran) and the home of African American barber and diarist William Johnson in downtown Natchez. Natchez is in a beautiful spot, too. Natchez National Historic Park is well worth a visit. If you are lucky, you may get Barney (no relation to VT Barney) as your docent.
In June of 1864, Union MG William Sherman successfully kept Confederat MG Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry corps in Mississippi at the Battle of Brices Cross Roads and away from the Federal supply line in Tennessee. To keep Forrest there in July, Sherman had to order another attack. This landmark commemorates that battle. It is located on the intersection of a very busy road and a smaller suburban street. I thought there was more to it so I missed it the first time I drove by. There is a small pullout for parking and nothing more.
The park is administered through the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitors Center, and is connected with Brices Crossroads.
Gulf Islands National Seashore preserves the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, pristine white-sanded beaches and coastal marshes with a variety of unique plant and animal life in both Florida and Mississippi. Although there are parts of the park on the mainland by Ocean Springs, Mississippi and Pensacola, Florida, most of the park consists of barrier islands and 80% is underwater. The portion of the seashore in Mississippi consists of: The Davis Bayou area by Ocean Springs; Petit Bois Island; Horn Island; and Ship Island. Davis Bayou offers: A visitor's center where you can get information to enhance your visit and look at displays about the gulf region and its habitat; a fishing pier; picnic areas; a campground; a boat dock; and hiking trails. The visitor's center, picnic areas and campground are all handicapped accessible. The islands are about 10 miles off shore and are accessible only by boat. You can use your own, hire a boat, or take the ferry from Gulfport to West Ship Island. The cruise is nice and on Ship Island you will find Fort Massachusetts an interesting Civil War Fort with interpretive signs and rangers assigned to tell you about the fort, and a reconstructed lighthouse.
If you have any interest in literature or history like I do, then you'll enjoy a visit to the home of American author William Faulkner. It's a beautiful home in a quiet setting. Inside you can see where he wrote on the walls - a real glance into the creative process.
Be sure to go into downtown Oxford as well, though. He set so many stories in the town. You'll be able to recognize things, like the town square with the soldier statue.
This is the inside of one of the many Civil War plantation homes that you can visit while in Natchez, MS. Many of the original relics and artifacts are original to the homes, which helps to create a sense of what it must have been like living there. To obtain a map of the homes in Natchez, go to the Natchez Convention and Visitors Bureau for information.
The beaches in Gulfport and especially Biloxi are absolutely gorgeous...the sand is VERY fine and is somewhat free of shells. Personally, I prefer Biloxi Beach because it appears to be cleaner and has more to offer in the form of shops, rentals, etc.
This is not officially related to the Parkway, but it made a fitting exit for me in Tupelo.
This is another of those poky but charming museums of Southern rural life, with an old schoolroom, and old dairy, an old trolley... Nothing earth shattering, but a pleasant visit. I'm sure that during the school year, it must be packed with field-trippers.
Oh, and in the back room, there is an oddly somber War Memorabilia section, with Nazi collectibles. Hmmm...
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