Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg Discovers
It Really is a Small World After All!
by Meshea Crysup
As you all know, it is Fall Pilgrimage time in Vicksburg, MS, again, and here, we go a little “above and beyond” most pilgrimage tours. We do not just sell you tickets to see homes on a self-guided tour. We actually have Morgan Gates, of Historic Vicksburg Tours and Haunted Vicksburg Tours, transport you in his van. As you drive to each location, Morgan also throws in his Vicksburg City Tour! It just so happened that Hubby was working this Sunday and Pilgrimage was covering three places I had not yet been to. You guessed it—I tagged along!
Our very first stop was The Martha Vick House, at 1300 Grove Street. It is an Antebellum, Greek Revival home, circa 1830. Built by Martha Vick, a daughter of Vicksburg’s founder, Newt Vick, it is the last original Vick House. I had stopped to look at it and had taken pictures from the outside many times, but I had not yet been inside. I was certainly looking forward to doing so! (There is a gallery of pictures at the end of this blog. Be sure not to miss them!)
Our tour guide was owner Bill Longfellow. What a charming, quintessential Southern Gentleman! Even more than that, however, it is obvious how passionate he is about the home he has devoted so much of his time and energy into. He was telling us about the home and a gentleman that had come to see it many years ago who then built a home essentially just like it. As smooth-as-silk, Mr. Longfellow added, “And his wife and daughter are here with us today!” At first, I thought I had misheard him, but no, I had not!
Of course, being a blogger, I had to ask if I could take a of Mr. Longfellow, Mrs. Dorothy Bell, and her daughter, Cathy Bell. They graciously allowed me to do so and to include it in today’s blog.
Seeing The Martha Vick House—its authentic restoration, antique furnishings, and vast art collection—was indeed a treat, but sharing Mr. Longfellow’s guided tour with these two ladies was certainly an added bonus I had not seen coming! Even when rediscovering Historic Vicksburg, it really is a small world after all!
The Martha Vick House is available for private parties, receptions, and tours by appointment. 601-638-7036