I thought I understood what a "pilgrimage" was...
noun: pilgrimage; plural noun: pilgrimages
1. a pilgrim's journey.
synonyms:religious journey, religious expedition, hajj, crusade, mission
"an annual pilgrimage to the Holy City"
Pilgrimage...Southern-style, of Course!
One of the first things Vicksburg Civil War Roundtable President, Corey Rickrode, brought up when we met was helping with “Pilgrimage”. I did not “jump all over that” because, frankly, I had no idea what he was talking about! While touting the historic significance of Vicksburg to the world with more enthusiasm than some wish to endure is “my thing”, even I was at a loss as to how I could sell the notion of Vicksburg as a “pilgrimage destination”. We are not Mecca!
So, you guessed it: I asked Morgan Gates, my “Partner-in-Time”, and Kim Steen, Realtor Extraordinaire, and they explained that Pilgrimage, in the sense Corey was speaking of, refers to when local historic homes are opened up for people to see, visit, etc. I remember telling them, still at a loss for the usage of such a “solemn” term as “Pilgrimage”, that where I came from, we called that “historic home tours”.
I did end up helping with Vicksburg Fall Pilgrimage, but honestly I was still wondering why we were not calling it “Vicksburg Fall Tour of Homes”. My concern, at least in large part, was unfounded. Apparently, nearly every town in the Antebellum South has a “Pilgrimage” or two a year. Everyone “down here” knew exactly what we meant by “Vicksburg Fall Pilgrimage”.
I am currently helping with Vicksburg Spring Pilgrimage. My contribution is to do as much social media blitzing for them as I can. Basically I spread the word on facebook and twitter about the dates, the homes involved, and that details, tour options, pricing, etc. are available at the website www.VicksburgPilgrimage.com .
Over the next few blog posts, I am going to discuss what I am Rediscovering about Historic Vicksburg while getting ready for Vicksburg Spring Pilgrimage. I am also going to share with you how my thinking has evolved and why I now firmly believe Vicksburg is the PERFECT place for a “pilgrimage”—in every sense of the word!
I would also love to hear your Vicksburg Pilgrimage stories, if you remember them from the past. I would also love to see pictures from your "pilgrimages of old"!
If you have not experienced Vicksburg Pilgrimage—or Vicksburg itself—spring is a great time to do so! ~Meshea (firstname.lastname@example.org)