Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg:
“The City Tour”
by Meshea Crysup
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One casual drive through the downtown part of “The City” of Vicksburg sparked my historic curiosity. There is so much to take in, much of which is obvious, but even more that is not.
There are old homes, old businesses, and old homes that are now businesses. Not only are their stories fascinating, but their architecture is as well! (Do not even get me started on those who do not think that architecture of old homes and buildings is relevant to a historical tour!) There are also churches, museums, the fire house, the depot, the various monuments, statues, etc. scattered throughout the city, the flood wall, and so much more.
As with all historic places, however, everything is not lined up in a row so you can go from one to the next easily. Some are, of course, especially if you are into “walking around downtown”. When Momma would visit, she and I would go exploring and shopping. We enjoyed it and there was a good bit to see along with some awesome lunch options.
There is so much more to the City of Vicksburg, however, than we were seeing with our approach. I found excellent tourism guides, booklets, etc., thus it was not difficult to find out about all the other places to see, but I was left with actually finding them as well. Even living here, I do not have the time to put into figuring all of this out for myself, nor do I want to have to. If I were on vacation, I certainly would not want to. Well if you are into Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg, we have good news: You do not have to!
How do I suggest Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg: “The City”?
Historic Vicksburg Driving and Walking Tours!
In the interest of full disclosure, yes, this is owned and operated by my “Partner in Time”, Morgan Gates. That does not change the fact that I was here over two years before I discovered Historic Vicksburg in a meaningful way and this is how I finally did it! I am not playing favorites either, because this is the only comprehensive tour business in Vicksburg! That is ok though because Historic Vicksburg Driving and Walking Tours truly covers it all!
Vicksburg is not an easy city to walk around because of all the big hills one has to go up, down, and of course, back up. Historic Vicksburg’s Driving Tour is my personal pick, in part, for this reason! Whichever tour option you choose, however, you will get more than you paid for or expected. You will not just have an old house or building pointed out to you, be told its name, perhaps its age and who lived there, then move along. Morgan puts his all into these tours, just like he does with his Haunted Vicksburg Ghost Walk and Haunted Vicksburg Driving Tour. He “weaves the story of Vicksburg” into the tour, including its varied architectural styles, the family connections from one site to the other, the family connections with well-known, non-Vicksburg citizens, the financial situation, the industrial trends of the time, the prevalent religious and morality viewpoints of the era, and more. Historic Vicksburg City Tours will provide you with a comprehensive, educational, and interesting “big picture” view—pun intended—of the various areas of the historic city while also, as only Morgan Gates can, leaving you with an intimidate knowledge of—perhaps even feeling a bit like you know—those who lived, dreamed, and built here before.
For those of you who just cannot make the trip to Vicksburg at this time, I am proud to be able to include this as an option to hold you over until you can join us!
Keep scrolling down for VISUAL BONUS!
A Photographical City Tour of Historic Vicksburg
Via the incomparable talent of Janie Fortenberry
Thank you, Janie, for making me feel welcomed here, always being willing to help and encourage me, and sharing your wonderful talent to further the cause of Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg!
Ever grateful and in awe