Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg:
Making “New” History
by Meshea Crysup, Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg
Preserving and remembering history is certainly an important and worthy pursuit in life, especially in a town as rich in history as Vicksburg. LIVING, however, is not a static or reflective action—it is dynamic. Rediscovering History and BUILDING UPON it—that is what keeps a community relevant, vibrant, fresh, and growing.
As previously shared, I was excited to move to Vicksburg, a town of such historic significance. I am now very proud and honored to be a part of the process of helping local people, people around our country, and even around the world, Rediscover Historic Vicksburg. However, it is not just about “seeing” historic places or “hearing” historic stories. Almost daily, there is something new in the historic air here in Vicksburg!
Historic homes are becoming more and more utilized, and the “Bed & Breakfast” is not just for sleeping and eating anymore! You may experience dinner theater productions, a book signing, a meeting (such as Vicksburg Civil War Roundtable), a music video production, a mini-shopping-mall featuring local artists and merchants, a “Breakfast with the Generals (Civil War, of course)… Frankly, I am not sure what they will come up with next, but I cannot wait to find out!
The historic homes or buildings that are now places to eat are also places to listen to music, sing karaoke, hold a meeting or party, or attend a wine, beer, or cocktail tasting. You may also attend a Blue’s Luncheon with local food being served and local musicians entertaining you. You may be greeted, given information, conducted on a tour, or even entertained with stories by someone “in character”—perhaps even a general or a general’s wife!
In Vicksburg, we are dining on rooftops of historic buildings (10 South), while watching the sunset, a Mardi Gras parade, a local homecoming parade, or listening to music…and more!
We also have places such as the Warren County Old Court House Museum which is not just a place to tour or purchase souvenirs! You can also attend a Christmas Ball that commemorates and re-enacts the beginning of the Siege of Vicksburg or you can experience a “Night at the Museum” or a flea market!
During a weekend in Vicksburg, you can take a tour--Historic, Haunted, or both!—enjoy learning about our local history and perhaps discover a local spirit that is just not ready to leave. You can choose to visit a home that is always open for tours, or you might come during Vicksburg Pilgrimage for even more home tour options! You can experience authentic Blues, “eat, drink, and be merry”, and never have to venture out of the historic part of town!
Whatever you chose to do, we believe you will want to return again and again, because, the deeper we delve into our history, the more ways we are finding to share it! Ironically, while Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg, new memories are being made, new traditions are being born, and “new” history is being made!