Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg
in the Spring
Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg
Spring will be here before we know it, therefore it is not too early to start planning daytrips, weekends, long weekends, or even week-long Spring vacations. Vicksburg is certainly well into planning an exciting season for those of you who want to come Rediscover Historic Vicksburg!
Vicksburg Spring Pilgrimage 2018
The dates for Vicksburg Spring Pilgrimage 2018 are March 22-April 8, on Thursday-Sunday of each week.
Pilgrimage is more than just afternoon tours of historic homes, churches, etc. It is also special events and unique educational and entertainment opportunities designed to introduce you to all that Historic Vicksburg has to offer. Of course, Civil War history is thoroughly covered, but the Antebellum Era is about more than war. Plus, Vicksburg’s history goes back long before the war and much has happened since. Pilgrimage has something for everyone!
One unique feature of Vicksburg Pilgrimages is that you are not merely buying a venue tour ticket, handed a map, and sent on your way! All afternoon venue tours are conducted by Historic & Haunted Vicksburg Tours owner/operator, Morgan Gates. While he drives you from one stop to the next in his comfortable tour van, Morgan entertains and educates you with a Vicksburg City Tour. Your Vicksburg Spring Pilgrimage 2018 ticket will also get you discounts at many businesses and for many events being held in Historic Vicksburg. Therefore, your Pilgrimage ticket purchase is actually a very valuable tool and a great deal!
What businesses and events?
Vicksburg has many interesting shops, galleries, antique stores, boutiques, a coffee shop, a bakery, a bookstore, museums, a new self-guided walking tour, the Riverfront Murals, Catfish Row Children’s Art Park, and unique dining options, several with live musical entertainment in the evenings. Much of this is within walking distance of one another. While not yet complete, the list of businesses offering discounts on purchases is growing daily! As far as events, how do afternoon teas, ghost hunts and/or tours, book signings, trivia nights, wine, beer, and cocktail tastings, the Genius World Book of Records longest running play: Gold in the Hills, and an Antebellum Ball sound? Those are a few of the things in the works!
Rest & Relax in the Midst of History
Any trip to Vicksburg, but especially during Pilgrimage, is enhanced by staying at one of our may Bed & Breakfast locations. The history of the homes, the period furnishings, the gardens or courtyards, and of course the Southern Hospitality—defiantly the best way to have a superior and relaxing lodging experience!
More to Come!
Over the next few weeks, as details are finalized, I will be keeping you informed and providing you with contact information, ticket information, etc. I will also re-share the blogs I have already done on historic tour homes, tours, etc., as well as bringing you new blogs about those I have not yet covered! Of course, the goal is to whet your appetite, peak your curiosity, and lure you to our 2018 Vicksburg Spring Pilgrimage! If you cannot make it at that time however, it will all serve as a great guide for when you can join us, Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg!
Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg
in the Winter
While Vicksburg, Mississippi is certainly in “The South”, our winter weather is unpredictable. We may have temperatures in the 70’s one day and in the 20’s the next! We even get some snow! I am honored to share pics from Vicksburg National Military Park that my friend, Licensed Battlefield Guide, B.B. Ingle, recently sent to me! (Thank you B.B.!)
~Meshea Crysup, Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg
The morning of December 8th, 2017, I awoke to find several text messages from my friend, BB Ingle. An occasional text about Vicksburg Civil War Roundtable is not unusual, but over a half-a-dozen at around 7 am—well that was! If you are familiar with “The South” at all, however, you will understand what B.B. was so excited about!
What is there to do in Vicksburg in the winter?
Well, to be honest, if it snows, not a lot, lol! We truly pretty much shut down the whole state of Mississippi! Thankfully, that does not happen very often! So, check out the weather forecast, just in case, then go ahead and plan a trip to Vicksburg!
Obviously, Vicksburg National Military is open year around, baring the federal government shutting down. Vicksburg also has many tour homes which are open or available upon appointment. There are also museums, historic churches, art galleries, a book store, guided tours, walking tours, unique dining experiences, riverfront murals, an art park, historic cemeteries, unique stores and shops, live music, trivia, wine, beer, and cocktail tastings, and more! My list is far from exhaustive. Below are links to websites with complete lists and details.
Historic Vicksburg Tours
Haunted Vicksburg Tours
Old Court House Museum
McRaven Tour Home
Baer House Inn
Duff Green Mansion
As you can see, Historic Vicksburg has much to offer, even in the winter! In fact, if heat, humidity, and mosquitos are not for you, winter might be the best time for you to plan on Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg!
Seriously folks, winter really is a GREAT TIME
Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg!
History Has a Home
By Morgan Gates
I was finally able to get over to the new Mississippi History Museum this weekend, so I thought I would venture a few miles to the east of Vicksburg and write a blog or two about this long-awaited building.
The new Mississippi History Museum in Jackson, opened in December, to coincide with Mississippi’s Bicentennial. It has been a long time coming but it is was worth the wait. Mississippi is arguably one of the most historic states in the Union at the state has no shortage of excellent museums, including among others, the Old Court House Museum and the Lower Mississippi Valley Museum in Vicksburg. The Elvis's Birthplace Museum in Tupelo, Beauvoir in Biloxi, B.B. King in Indianola, The Agricultural Museum in Jackson and many more both large and small. Each interprets a different slice of Mississippi's diverse and rich history. The Central Museum, the one that tells Mississippi's history as a whole, however, has been missing piece of the puzzle for more than a decade.
Our story of homeless artifacts begins in the late summer of 2005 when Hurricane Katrina barreled ashore on the “Landmass between New Orleans and Mobile” as one national media weatherperson phrased it, that we otherwise know as the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The storm made landfall about 150 miles south by southeast of Jackson. Your average garden variety hurricane is usually little more than a gusty rainstorm by the time they are that far inland, but our girl Katrina! She reached Jackson while still at hurricane at strength. And she ripped much of the copper sheathing from the roof of the Museum’s previous home, the Old Capitol Building. Causing the artifacts removal to safe storage until repairs could be made. With much of the southern half of the state in ruins, it took a while for repairs to be made.
The old Mississippi State Capitol building, which served from 1839 – 1903 is a historical artifact in and of itself, so when restoration funds became available in 2006, it was decided that this Grand Old Dame would better serve to tell her own story! When she reopened in 2009, she did just that. One Vicksburg connection in the Old Capitol Museum; on the wall in the old Governor's office are the names of every man who served in that role during the building's tenure, the first name is Alexander Gallatin McNutt of Vicksburg! The Old Capitol is now a great new addition to Mississippi's interpretive history, but still, no building was available to tell the whole story. So, a brand-new construction began to rise right behind the Old Capitol to house and expand upon the artifacts of the Mississippi History collection. Coupled with the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum housed in the same building but with its own wing, two for the price of one so to speak, the Museum is now open, and Mississippi's history once more has a home! Go check it out some time. http://www.mmh.mdah.ms.gov/
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