The park is the anchor for the history of this city
Some tourist traps in the area, such as riverboat gambling
In a nutshell
Vicksburg is an excellent stop on a roadtrip.
Coca Cola bottled here first
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...
Lower Mississippi River Museum
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.
Old Courthouse Museum
Built in 1858, this was where the Confederate president Jefferson Davis got his start, The courthouse served as confederate headquarters durign the siege. Today its a musuem with a wide range of historical items.
USS Cairo Museum
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 place in the Vicksburd NMP for display.
Vicksburg National Military park
This preserves the key sites of one of the pivotal battles of the US Civil war, the Siege of Vicksburg. Sufferign 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...
McNutt House Tour
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...
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...
vicksburg national military park
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...
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....
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.
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...
Hampton Inn Vicksburg
1 Review and 171 Opinions Vicksburg's newest hotel is the Hampton Inn. It opened in spring 2006 and is across clay steet from...
the chocolate derby: great coffee!
The Chocolate Derby in downtown Vicksburg is a great place to hang and have some coffee. It is located on Washington between Clay and Crawford. They have pasteries and cakes and espresso, lattes, voodoo ice, all sorts of specialty coffees. Atmostphere is great.
espresso - I...
By Road : Vicksburg is 35 miles west of Jackson on I-20 on the banks of the Mississippi River near Louisiana state border. Tennessee is 220 miles to the north and New Orleans, Louisiana is 210 miles to the south. We drove up via Natchez (70 miles south).By Air : Jackson...
Avoid Marcus Bottom (aka - "rock bottom")
Tourist visiting Vicksburg wishing to see either the casinos or the Civil War Park would be wise to totally avoid Marcus Bottom (some people call it "rock bottom"). Marcus Bottom is north bound on Halls Ferry Rd and Bowmar Ave. There is NOTHING of tourist interest in that...
Gambling is legal here as long as it actually takes place on the Mississippi River itself. thus, floating casinos have been built in the city to cater to those who like to gamble. I suppose it may be a diversion in case of a rainy day. Sadly enough, many people will think that this is all there is to Vicksburg and may never get to know the city. The casinos are conveniently located off of I-20 and are among the first thing you see when exiting off of the highway.
Unique Suggestions: Don't lose all of your money!
Fun Alternatives: See the historic sites in Vicksburg during your stay.
Written Jan 20, 2005
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you come durring the summer months, and have not visited this part of the country before, nothing can prepare you for the intense humidity. Super-light fabrics are a must if you plan on being outside much - Most people like to walk around the river front murals, gardens of tour homes and the military park at least. Even if it is only 90 degrees, it WILL feel like you are in an oven. Long pants are HUGE no-no. (( However, spring and fall can have huge differences in temperature from day to day. - bring a wind-breaker and be sure to check weather.com before any trip))
Written May 2, 2006
Soldier's Rest C.S.A. Cemetery
Soldier's Rest C.S.A. CemeteryBegun May 15, 1866 by Ladie's Confederate Cemetery Association of Vicksburg. Remains of over 1600 soldiers who died in Vicksburg campaign and siege were re-interred here.
The Shirley House, Vicksburg National Military Pk
In ruins when the Park was first established in 1899; it was restored in 1902, it still remains a hollow shell waiting to be restored again today. Built in the late 1830's by Nicholas Gray and named the "Wexford Lodge" in honor of his native county in Ireland. During the...
There are a lot of nice old houses in the heart of the old town. Many of them, such as the Belle of the Bends have been converted into bed and breakfast establishments. Every one of these homes seems to have an interesting story behind them. many of them are available for...
Start at the Visitors Centre
The first place to visit is the Vicksburg Visitor Centre. Not only for the brochures and information, complimentary soda or coffee (or perhaps the comfort stop) but also because the centre sits on the bluff right between the two bridges spanning the Mississippi. This photo...
Explore Deeper into Vicksburg
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