Vicksburg Things to Do

  • The building is over a century old
    The building is over a century old
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  • Very cool displays inside
    Very cool displays inside
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  • Awesome displays fo yesteryear
    Awesome displays fo yesteryear
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    Old Warren County Courthose- WIP

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated Apr 20, 2014
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    You can't miss the Old Warren County Courthouse when driving through downtown Vicksburg. It stands on a bluff overlooking the City and river. It was built in 1858 using slave labor and served as the courthouse for nearly eighty years. During the Civil War the building remained unscathed but one for one hit by Union shells. The building is both a National Historical Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. By location and size alone I found it to be one of the prettiest courthouses in the United States. The American institute of Architects has identified it as one of the twenty most significant courthouses in the United States.

    Be sure and walk around the entire block housing the Courthouse. The views are significantly different from each elevation. Stop at the top of the courthouse step and look at the view of downtown. Also I found one of the most imposing parts of the building is the clock tower. Currently the Warren County Historical Society is raising money to restore the clock on the clock tower to tell the correct time.

    Today the courthouse houses the Vicksburg and Warren County Historical Society. The establishment of the museum was largely the work of Eva Whitaker Davis who in the late 1940's began collecting many historical artifacts from the courthouse and the surrounding area. The museum bears in part her name for her tireless work, Today the society operates an excellent museum depicting life during the Civil War in Vicksburg. In addition, the society's web site
    oldcountycourthouse.org provides an excellent history in pictures of Vicksburg as well as some interesting information on the museum.

    Hours & Admissions

    Open Monday through Saturday 8:30-4:30
    Sunday 1:30-4:30
    Open until 5:00 during Daylight Savings Time

    Adults $5.00

    Seniors 65 and above $4.50

    Students grades 1-12 $3.00

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    Balfour House

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated Apr 18, 2014
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    Balfour House is one of a group of historic homes on the National Register that are close together on the Vicksburg Scenic Drive. It seems there are at least three or four homes worthy of a closer look when we drove down Crawford Street alone. Anyway this house was built in 1935 and designed in a combination Greek Revival and Federalist Styles and features dark red bricks. While kind of hard to tell from the street there looks like a huge widows walk on the top of the second floor.

    The house was the home of Emma Balfour who was a well known commentator on the Vicksburg Siege and Civil War. On December 24, 1962 during a celebration of Confederate officers at the house a messenger informed the gathering that the Union Army was less than thirty six miles away. During the Siege of Vicksburg Emma Balfour refused to abandon her home while nearly all of her neighbors fled their homes to live in caves underneath the City.

    The house is not currently open to the public for the tours. For years the house was a Vicksburg bed and breakfast. There is a stunning spiral staircase in the 6,800 square foot home. Walking around the house to take pictures the house remains in very good shape and there is also a very nice garden in the rear.

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    Visit the Vicksburg National Military Park

    by etfromnc Written Sep 2, 2013

    In May and June of 1863, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's armies converged on Vicksburg, encircling the city and entrapping a Confederate army under Confederate Gen. John Pemberton. On July 4, Vicksburg surrendered after prolonged siege operations. This was the culmination of one of the most brilliant military campaigns of the war. With the loss of Pemberton's army and this vital stronghold on the Mississippi, the Confederacy was effectively split in half. Grant's successes in the West boosted his reputation, leading ultimately to his appointment as General-in-Chief of the Union armies.
    With over 1330 monuments, this is one of the most heavily monumented parks in the world.
    "Vicksburg is the nail head that holds the South's two halves together...Vicksburg is the key." The preceding sentence is actually a compilation of a statement made by Confederate President Jefferson Davis and another made by Union President Abraham Lincoln. Which president made which comment?
    President Lincoln wanted the key to gain control of the river and divide the South.
    President Davis knew it was vital to hold the city for the Confederacy to survive.
    Vicksburg National Military Park commemorates the campaign for Vicksburg and its significance as a critical turning point of the Civil War.

    It is truly a shame that most battlefield parks around the world look so beautiful and serene and Vicksburg is one of the prettiest.

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    Old Courthouse Museum

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Aug 21, 2013

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    Built in 1858, this was where the Confederate president Jefferson Davis got his start, The courthouse served as confederate headquarters during the siege. Today it's a museum with a wide range of historical items.

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    USS Cairo Museum

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Aug 21, 2013

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    During the siege of Vicksburg Confederate forces sank one of the Union Ironside ships, the USS Cario. In 1965 the ship was recovered from the bottom of the Yazoo river restored and placed in the Vicksburg NMP for display.

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    Vicksburg National Military park

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Aug 21, 2013

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    This preserves the key sites of one of the pivotal battles of the US Civil war, the Siege of Vicksburg. Suffering from defeat after defeat in the east, the union forces in the west under Ulysses Grant were able to take control of the Mississippi River in this battle, opening up the waterway for northern agricultural goods and denying it to the South.

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    Coca Cola bottled here first

    by TheTravelSlut Written Feb 12, 2013

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    The Biedenharn Candy Company in historic downtown Vicksburg also houses the Museum of Coca Cola History and Memorabilia (not to be confused with the Coca Cola museum in Atlanta, Georgia).

    Coca Cola was 1st bottled here in 1894 and shipped to rural areas of Mississippi and it created a new sensation that had captured the world.

    The museum has a HUGE variety of the bottles used over the decades along with equipment used to bottle the soda, advertizing, memorabilia and the entire museum features authentic furnishings and displays that would have been present in the 1890's.

    You can also get ice cream, candies, and a wide selection of Coca Cola souvenirs.

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    Lower Mississippi River Museum

    by Jim_Eliason Written Dec 17, 2012

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    This free museum is run by the US Army Corp of Engineers and highlites the natural system and history of the Mississippi River. The highlite is the M/V Mississippi, a boat that served as the working headquarters of the Mississippi River Commision until 1993.

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  • McNutt House Tour

    by PaulaWilson Updated Aug 25, 2012

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    My husband and I visited the McNutt House while on the walking tour and returned the next day for the house tour. Elvin, the owner, gave us one of the best tours we have ever taken. Very informative about the history of the house and its past owners. Beautiful period furnishings and several unusual vintage and antique curios to include a copy of a 1863 edition of Harper's Weekly. The tour also included the story of Confederate Lt. David Weeks Magill (burried on site) and the story of the "Little Girl in the Blue Dress" ghost. Best $5 I ever spent.

    The house is also a B&B. The guest rooms in the main house include a private bath and a kitchen! The property also has very lovely gardens worth seeing.

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    u.s.s. cairo museum

    by doug48 Updated Oct 28, 2010

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    u.s.s. cairo museum

    located in the vicksburg national military park is the u.s.s. cairo museum. the u.s.s. cairo was a ironclad gunboat commissioned in 1861 and was named after the town of cairo illinois. in december 1862 the cairo was patroling the yazoo river and hit two mines and sank. the u.s.s. cairo was raised 102 years later in 1964. because the cairo sank in river mud it is in very good shape. a very interesting civil war relic to see at the park.

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    vicksburg national military park

    by doug48 Updated Oct 28, 2010

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    most visitors to vicksburg come to see the vicksburg national military park. you can take an auto tour on a 16 mile road that runs through the park. the seige of vicksburg was a decisive victory for the union in the civil war. for more information on this interesting park see my vicksburg national military park pages.

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    christ episcopal church

    by doug48 Updated May 15, 2009

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    christ episcopal church

    the christ episcopal church is one of several historic churches in downtown vicksburg. leonidas polk, the bishop of alabama and louisiana laid the corner stone of christ episcopal in 1830. leonidas polk was a cousin of president james k. polk and a friend of jefferson davis. during the civil war polk was a confederate general and was nicknamed "the fighting bishop". polk was killed in action during the atlanta campaign in 1864. christ episcopal church was completed in 1843 and survived the seige of vicksburg. a beautiful and historic church to visit in downtown vicksburg.

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    church of the holy trinity

    by doug48 Updated May 13, 2009

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    church of the holy trinity

    the church of the holy trinity was built in 1869 in the romanesque style. the church of the holy trinity has six tiffany stained glass windows and is listed on the national register of historic places. a beautiful and historic church to visit in downtown vicksburg.

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    duff-green mansion

    by doug48 Written May 13, 2009

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    duff-green mansion

    the duff-green mansion was built in 1856 and is considered the finest example of palladian architecture in the state of mississippi. the mansion was shelled during the seige of vicksburg and it's owners had to live in a cave. later the mansion was used as a hospital for both confederate and union troops. today the duff-green mansion is a bed & breakfast inn and is open to the general public for tours 12:00 to 5:00 daily.

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    planter's hall

    by doug48 Written May 13, 2009

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    planter's hall

    planter's hall is one of a number of historic buildings and homes in downtown vicksburg. the planter's hall was built by slave labor in 1834. from 1834 to 1842 planter's hall housed the planter's bank of mississippi. during the seige of vicksburg planter's hall housed the officers of the 28 th louisiana regiment. planter's hall is listed on the national register of historic places. not open to the public.

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