Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg:
Where Does One Start?
by Meshea Crysup
Hubby and I were sitting in a local restaurant yesterday. Behind him, there was a young couple, enthuastically chatting away, but I could not understand a word they were saying. It may have been French or German—I could not hear them plainly and I only speak English, so I do not know. What I do know is that this is more common than one might expect in Vicksburg, MS. Foreign tourists are fascinated by our rich Civil War History. In fact, while the latest statistics I could find stated that Vicksburg National Military Battlefield has between 532,444 and one million visitors a year, what it did not say, nor could I find statistics for, is that a good deal of them will not be from this country. Shocked? I can tell you I was, but I have seen first-hand, it is true. For me, this begs the question:
“How do people from all over the world know about Vicksburg?”
Frankly, I am still working on that one. One thing for sure, however, is that whether from this country or halfway around the world, they all seem to know where to start their visit here: The Vicksburg National Military Park.
Granted, this might not be the ideal starting point for every tourist, but if it is your first trip to Vicksburg and its role in Civil War history is at least part of why you are visiting, it is a logical and obvious choice. You can visit their website to learn details such as cost, hours of operation, tour options, etc., and I will provide the link below.
The one thing that most surprised me and that I feel strongly you should know is the amount of time one should plan on spending in the park.
Of course, it will vary depending upon how deeply you want to delved into all of the monuments and information available, but be prepared: the drive through the park is not a short one! With minimal stops, picture taking, and plaque reading, and depending upon the traffic in the park, you will be at least an hour. This type of visit will provide you only a glimpse into what the park holds. Truthfully, I believe I could spend a week there and not take in all the history Vicksburg National Military Park contains.
There is certainly more to see and do in Vicksburg and we are working quite diligently to add to the options available in order to appeal to everyone. After all, while a family may all have an interest in history, the kiddos might not want to spend as much time in the park. In fact, mom and dad would probably enjoy something else as well, such as a great dinner followed by a fun night of listening to Blues! In fact, wherever you start your time in Vicksburg you really cannot go wrong!
~Meshea Crysup, Co-founder Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg
Website and Phone Number for the Vicksburg National Military Park