Government Street Cottages. Places to stay in Ocean Springs, MS NOV 20, 2018 Tricia McAlvain

Government Street Cottages is the number one go to spot to stay in the City of Ocean Spring's downtown district.  Named for the street it is located on, it is the main street running horizontal with the coast to the south and highway 90 to the north.  Located amongst the quiet tranquil setting of a church and the Mary C. O'Keefe Museum across the street, the cottages are nestled under huge tranquil trees in a natural landscaped setting.  Recently, I had the wonderful experience of soaking it all up for the sole purpose of writing this article. The City of Ocean Springs has always been a top pick of mine from all the cities along the Gulf Coast. I immediately jumped on the chance for a little staycation.

What I like about Ocean Springs is that it is a coastal/business type of city where the international arts culture meets southern coastal comfort and exudes a vibe all on its own. It is a passionate community full of business owners who are home grown, yet with global cultural experiences they have been able to bring to the Gulf Coast and make an impressive impact in their own way. 
Everyone you come across while staying in the City of Ocean Spring's downtown district seems genuinely happy to see you, share their story and their city with you. Then they take it a step further by embracing your thoughts and experiences, become your friend and welcome you to make the community a place you'll want to be a regular guest.

Staying at the Government Street Cottages allows you to soak up the natural beauty of the coast which is just blocks away. The pristine public beaches are at the end of Ocean Springs Inner Harbor where the views are picturesque and beckon you to snap a few selfies and capture the beauty with your lens. The docks are lined with shrimp boats, sail boats, and fishing boats to take your breath away. Enjoy a walk on the Shearwater Park Trail and check out Shear Water Pottery which are both nearby along with Ocean Springs Harbor. 
Have an urban exploration after dark as all the hip spots are within walking distance.  You will feel the art culture, classy heritage, and the abundance of a wide variety of mom and pop shops where they embrace the cultural traditions and values which make their coastal city a perfect destination.  

Owners of Government Street Cottages, Mr. and Mrs. JJ and Serre Harris are the prime example of a little Gulf Coast Americana family.  Boasting a happy marriage of 10 years, they are proud to have now put a decade or more of hard labor working behind them. They are changing it up a bit by working together and having fun with it.  JJ is that "Top Gun" nice guy meets southern coastal business. He left his days of being a civilian pilot in the oil and gas industry behind to focus on his life and family here on the coast. Serre has a nursing background with a certain spirit of flare and creative soul. She has the beauty of an angel and a business mind.  They have raised their family here, and according to JJ, it just makes sense to re-invest in the place where they grew up, and where they intend to stay. Together they have created a coastal destination for their guest that is unlike anywhere else.
The organic setting of four private, immaculate, and spacious rooms are made from two cottages connected by a natural landscaped yard featuring azaleas along the walk ways. The names of the rooms are a hint of the coastal hospitality in store for you; Live Oak, Lighthouse, Magnolia and Bluewater.  Enjoy the relaxing rocking chairs on the large southern style front porches. The high vaulted ceilings, modern fixtures, oversized showers, fresh luxurious linens, free Wi-Fi, and televisions in the front room and bedroom are understated elegance. One entire unit is completely ADA Compliant being furnished to accommodate handicap guests with wheelchair accessible entry, with a large shower, handicap parking and ramp.
 
In the front cottage, you could even enjoy catching beads from the porch during one of Ocean Spring's many annual Mardi Gras parades. Or step out the door right into the fun on any given weekend when annual festivals take place in this downtown district. The cottages also provide ample private parking for guests, which is a nice perk during your stay.
 
If you want to feel at home with a private and luxuriously quaint feel, away from the hustle and bustle, book your room now, at the Government Street Cottages in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.  I can say from personal experience, you'll enjoy calling it your home away from home.

Visit their website for more details at: 

Government Street Cottages?1709 Government Street?Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39564?
(228) 447-1559 Property Manager
Call now to book your room!



Recognizing Gulf Coast Outpost Businesses NOV 9, 2018 Connie Raley

The Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area (MGCNHA) recently awarded the Gulf Coast Outpost (GCO) recognition to local nature-based business owners and operators. Businesses such as eco tours, locally owned outfitters, charter boat operators, tour guides, eco-lodges and agritourism entities are encouraged to participate. 


The checklist for recognition focuses on training, sustainability and stewardship. Proper maintenance of equipment and vehicles is a must, ensuring safety, low emission and fuel efficiency. Owners and operators must be knowledgeable about the Coast’s natural environment and tell an accurate story of our resources. It is important to bring awareness to all that we offer here in the way of outdoor activities and learning experiences.


The National Heritage Area partners with stakeholders in the industry, including the regional tourism organization, Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plains, a nonprofit that acquires land to preserve it in perpetuity for conservation, and the USM Marine Education Center. Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast acknowledges that the GCO program gives a layer of security to tourists who can rest assure they will receive an authentic experience that follows mindful practices of conservation and preservation.


This is the first group of nature-based tourism businesses to receive the designation of a Gulf Coast Outpost. Recipients were honored to be recognized. This is a big step for the Mississippi Gulf Coast in promoting protection of resources and values.


Harrison County:


Among other tours, the Betsy Ann Riverboat offers a two-hour historical and ecological cruise between Deer Island and into Biloxi with a focus on our local history, the seafood industry, the Barrier Islands and wildlife that flourish in the Mississippi Sound Estuary. 

Photo provided by Play The Coast
 
 

The Biloxi Shrimping Trip offers tours where visitors are educated on the history and culture of the shrimping and seafood industry of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The captive audience experiences first-hand the marine life, birds and vegetation in and around the Mississippi Sound. 

 
 
 
 

Fisher-man Guide Service out of Pass Christian offers guests nearshore fishing, night floundering trips and sunset cruises. Fisher-man Guide Service has a business plan to reflect environmental management and natural resource stewardship.

 

 

North Star Sailing offers sailing lessons, as well as private sailing and dinner charters. An affiliate of the American Sailing Association, North Star Sailing Charters out of Gulfport and is proud to share the beauty, heritage and ecology of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. 

 
 
Jackson County:

Eco-Tours of South Mississippi offers a variety of tours, including motorboat swamp tours, kayak trips, photography trips and custom tours. The owners work tirelessly to promote our natural resources and to educate their guests about the ecosystems, wildlife, history, heritage and conservation of the Pascagoula River and the Mississippi Sound. 

 

 

Harbor Garden House is an eco-lodge surrounded with native vegetation, wooded walking paths, and excellent bird watching, and is designed to have the least possible impact on the natural environment in which it is situated. 

 

Hancock County:


Shore Thing Fishing Charters, established in 2003, has seven licensed captains that fish in MS and LA. They also offer eco-lodging on Cat Island and birding trips for nature enthusiasts. The captains are involved in conservation activities and are knowledgeable about our history and culture. 

 

 

Rounding out this year’s Gulf Coast Outpost designation recipients is Coastal Ridge Farm, a true gem in the agritourism of South Mississippi. Coastal Ridge Farm is a fresh-cut flower farm in the northern part of Hancock County. They offer u-pick on certain weekends in the spring and fall where locals and visitors spend family time picking their very own big beautiful sunflowers and taking pictures. 


 


These designations were given on a voluntary basis. The MGCNHA encourages all nature-based tourism to consider making strides to incorporate some best practices, conservation and trainings to better help preserve out natural heritage and plentiful resources. Let’s work together with our communities to ensure that locals and visitors are well informed, educated, and connected to a sense of ownership and pride for the efforts here to preserve our Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage. 


Learn more about Gulf Coast Outpost under the Natural tab at msgulfcoastheritage.ms.gov and gulfcoastoutpost.com.

 

Cover photo contributed by Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast 



The Beer House SEP 10, 2018 Chris Dearman

Looking for a neighborhood American pub with a laid back atmosphere that offers delicious food, and the opportunity to possibly find your new favorite brew? Then look no further than The Beer House located in downtown Ocean Springs. Recently celebrating their 7th anniversary, The Beer House prides itself in providing new and fresh beers for locals and tourists alike.

"We have the largest selection of beer on tap in the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” said owner Arturo Barajas. "There are 45 beers on tap, and we never replace the same tap with the same beer. None of the beers stay on the line more than a month, so you can count on beer that is always fresh.”
 

Sharing a large beer garden with Mosaic Restaurant & Bar, which won the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau’s Restaurant of the Year award earlier this year, you can order award-winning cuisine from a wide variety of sophisticated dishes from all over the world. You will find tapas, seafood, beef, pork, chicken, and vegetarian dishes that are bursting with flavor, as well as signature platters, salads, pasta, burgers, and sandwiches.

Having eaten their fantastic food on many occasions, during my latest visit I came determined to find a new favorite beer, and I wasn’t disappointed. You can buy beer by the pint, or if your adventurous like me, they sell eight once flights to try many. Ask for a paddle and chalk, and write down the beers you find interesting. If you are not sure what to try, just tell whoever is working behind the bar what kind of beer appeals to you, and they will be more than welcome to offer suggestions.
 
 

"I try to keep about half local, and I consider beer brewed in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Louisiana local, and then the rest with specialty kegs and beer that is trending,” said The Beer House manager Daniel Barajas. "It depends on the season. There are some that are year-round, but I try to get ones that are special.”

After asking him what his favorite of the moment was, Daniel had me try the I'm Peach, an American Double IPA brewed with peach from Stone Brewing Company. With a hearty 8.8% abv, this fantastic, full-bodied beer has a pleasant peach and floral aroma, with a lingering finish that has a mild bitterness balanced by the fruit sweetness. I already have plans to come back for more before it’s gone.
 
 

While I enjoyed most of the many beers I sampled, the other stand-out on my visit was an easy drinking beer called Lemon & Ginger Radler from Karbach Brewing Co. With an easy 3.5% abv,  the blend of lemon, ginger, and a golden beer is the perfect thirst quencher on a hot Mississippi day.

With technology these days, you can easily find out what beers are on the menu by looking up The Beer House on a phone app called DigitalPour. You can find an up-to-date listing of what’s on tap, how full the keg is, and prices. You can also find what they have coming soon for you to keep your eye out for. Another tool you can use is the phone app Flok. It’s a digital loyalty punch card where you can earn free beer. You even get your first pint at The Beer House free the first time you use it.
 
 

The Beer House is open seven days a week, opening at 11am Monday through Saturday, noon on Sundays. Be sure to visit on Monday’s when all beers are half-priced. Tuesdays you can get half priced local brews, and Thursdays are $2 off everything. Also plan to spend the last Thursday of each month at The Beer House to enjoy buy one get one free pints of a new designated keg each month until its empty.


The Beer House
1010 Government St.
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
(228) 818-9885
www.beerhouseos.com
www.facebook.com/TheBeerHouseAmericanPub



2018 Cruisin’ The Coast Schedule AUG 28, 2018

2018 Cruisin’ The Coast Schedule


Sunday, September 30

View the Cruise, Downtown Gulfport, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cruise In, Hardy Court Shopping Center, Gulfport, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Feature Car appearances: Hardy Court, 9 a.m.-noon; View the Cruise, 2-5 p.m.

Cruisin’ Through the Decades, Gautier, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cristy Lee appearance: View the Cruise, Downtown Gulfport, 2-5 p.m.


Monday, October 1 - Registration open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Cruise Central,Gulfport

Feature Car appearances: Cruise Central, 10 a.m.-2p.m.; Long Beach Harbor, 5-7 p.m.

Cristy Lee appearances: Cruise Central, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Long Beach as Grand Marshal, 6-8 p.m.

Autocross – presented by Scarlet Pearl Casino and Autocross Guys, Coast Coliseum (west parking lot), 1-5 p.m. Open to registered vehicles only.

Long Beach Parade – Open to registered vehicles only. First 600 to arrive will be in the parade. Line up at 1 p.m. at Long Beach High School, parade starts at 5:30 p.m. Cristy Lee is Grand Marshal.

The Tip Tops playing at Long Beach Harbor, 6-9 p.m.

Tuesday, October 2 - Registration open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Cruise Central, Gulfport

The Vicari Auto Auction vehicle check-in at Coliseum 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Autocross – presented by Scarlet Pearl Casino and Autocross Guys, Coast Coliseum (west parking lot), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Open to registered vehicles only.

"Salute To Our Veterans,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Cruise Central

Cruisin’ The River City, Moss Point, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Feature Car appearances: Salute to Our Veterans, Cruise Central, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cristy Lee appearances: Autocross, 10 a.m.-noon; Salute To Our Veterans, Cruise Central, 1-3 p.m.

Flame-throwing competition at Island View Casino in Gulfport, Entertainment, 4 p.m., Registration, 5 p.m., begins at dusk; $600 Cash Prizes & Trophies!

Wednesday, October 3 - Registration open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Cruise Central, Gulfport

Biloxi Block Party, Downtown Biloxi, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Autocross – presented by Scarlet Pearl Casino and Autocross Guys, Coast Coliseum, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Open to registered vehicles only.

The Vicari Auto Auction vehicle check-in at Coliseum, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Car Corral open and vehicle check-in, east of Treasure Bay, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Feature Car appearance: Biloxi Block Party, 10 a.m.-noon

Diamondhead, Blessing of the Classics, 3-6 p.m.

Cristy Lee appearances: Biloxi Block Party, Town Green, 10 a.m.-noon; Beau Rivage Meet & Greet, 6-8 p.m.

Courtney Hansen appearances: Biloxi Block Party, Town Green, 10 a.m.-noon; Beau Rivage Meet & Greet, 6-8 p.m.

Official Beau Rivage Cruisin’ Event: The Dominos, Beau Rivage Pool Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 4 - Registration and all Cruisin’ Venues are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

2019 Registration open noon-5 p.m.

Country Cruisin’ Breakfast, Long Beach Yacht Club, 7-10 a.m.

The Vicari Auto Auction, doors open at 8:30 a.m.

Vicari Auction’s CTC Swap Meet open at Coliseum, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Car Corral open and vehicle check-in, east of Treasure Bay, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Feature Car appearances: Pass Christian,10 a.m.-noon; Bay St. Louis, 2-4 p.m., DoubleTree Hotel Biloxi, 6-9 p.m.

Joe & Amanda Martin, Martin Brothers Customs/Iron Resurrection appearances: Vicari Auction’s CTC Swap Meet, Coliseum, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.; DoubleTree Biloxi Cruise-in, 7-9 p.m.

Courtney Hansen appearances: Pass Christian, 10 a.m.-noon; Bay St. Louis, 2-4 p.m.; DoubleTree Biloxi Cruise-in, 7-9 p.m.

Burn ‘em Up in the Pass! 2nd Street, Pass Christian, 5-8 p.m.

Live entertainment TBD. Check our website and Facebook for more information.

DoubleTree Hotel Biloxi Open House with Feature Car, Joe & Amanda Martin and Courtney Hansen, 6-9 p.m.



Cruisin’ Venue Entertainment


Bay St. Louis

11 a.m.-Noon – Garry Wesley

1-2 p.m. – Magic

3-4:30 p.m. – Vince Vance & The Valiants

Pass Christian

11 a.m.-Noon – Figure Eight

1-2 p.m. – Modern Eldorados

3-4:30 p.m. – The Big Easy Boys

Gulfport Cruise Central

11 a.m.-Noon – Brandie

1-2 p.m. – Barlow Brothers

3-4:30 p.m. – Na Na Sha

Edgewater Mall West Parking Lot (Hwy 90)

11 a.m.-Noon – N Rhythm

1-2 p.m. – Soul Lads

3-4:30 p.m. – The Chee-Weez

D’Iberville

11 a.m.-Noon – Mr. Saxman

1-2 p.m. – The Shakerz

3-4:30 p.m. – Departure (Journey Tribute)

Ocean Springs Downtown

11 a.m.-Noon – Charles "Doo Wop” Grant

1-2 p.m. – Cool Rayz

3-4:30 p.m. – Tip Tops

Pascagoula

11 a.m.-Noon – Deuce Coupe

1-2 p.m. – Starz

3-4:30 p.m. – Dr. Zarr


Friday, October 5 - All Cruisin’ Venues are open 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

2018 and 2019 Registration continues 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Country Cruisin’ Breakfast, Long Beach Yacht Club, 7-10 a.m.

The Vicari Auto Auction doors open at 8:30 a.m.

Vicari Auction’s CTC Swap Meet open at Coliseum, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Car Corral continues, east of Treasure Bay, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Feature Car appearances: Bay St. Louis, 9-11 a.m.; Edgewater Mall, 2-4 p.m.

Joe & Amanda Martin, Martin Brothers Customs/Iron Resurrection appearances: Vicari Auction’s CTC Swap Meet, Coliseum, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Courtney Hansen appearances: Pascagoula, 10 a.m.-noon; Ocean Springs, 2-5 p.m.

Ocean Springs Sock Hop & Street Party, 5-9 p.m. featuring The Big Easy Boys 6-7 p.m. and The Molly Ringwalds 7:30-9 p.m.

"Pass In The Night,” 5-9 p.m., Pass Christian,


Cruisin’ Venue Entertainment


Bay St. Louis

11 a.m.-Noon – Deuce Coupe

1-2 p.m. – Barlow Brothers

3-4:30 p.m. – Departure (Journey Tribute

Pass Christian

11 a.m.-Noon – Charles "Doo Wop” Grant

1-2 p.m. – Cool Rayz

3-4:30 p.m. – The Chee-Weez

Gulfport Cruise Central

11 a.m.-Noon – Figure Eight

1-2 p.m. – Soul Lads

3-4:30 p.m. – Vince Vance & The Valiants

Edgewater Mall West Parking Lot (Hwy 90)

11 a.m.-Noon – Garry Wesley

1-2 p.m. – The Skakerz

3-4:30 p.m. – The Tip Tops

D’Iberville

11 a.m.-Noon – Brandie

1-2 p.m. – Starz

3-4:30 p.m. – Dr. Zarr

Ocean Springs Downtown

11 a.m.-Noon – N Rhythm

1-2 p.m. – Modern Eldorados

3-4:30 p.m. – The Big Easy Boys

Pascagoula

11 a.m.-Noon – Mr. Saxman

1-2 p.m. – Magic

3-4:30 p.m. – Na Na Sha


Saturday, October 6  - All Cruisin’ Venues are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

2018 registration, 9 a.m.-noon - 2019 Registration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Country Cruisin’ Breakfast, Long Beach Yacht Club, 7-10 a.m.

The Vicari Auto Auction, doors open at 8:30 a.m.

Vicari Auction’s CTC Swap Meet open at Coliseum 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Car Corral continues, east of Treasure Bay, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Feature Car appearance: Vicari Auction’s CTC Swap Meet, Coliseum, 9-11 a.m.

"Field of Wheels” exotic car show at MGM Park across from Beau Rivage, hosted by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free for spectators. Special guest judges. 


Cruisin’ Venue Entertainment

Bay St. Louis

11 a.m.-Noon – N Rhythm

1-2 p.m. – Pat Murphy & Sippiana Soul

3-4:30 p.m. – The Big Easy Boys

Pass Christian

11 a.m.-Noon – Mr. Saxman

1-2 p.m. – The Shakerz

3-4:30 p.m. – Departure (Journey Tribute)

Gulfport Cruise Central

11 a.m.-Noon – Charles "Doo Wop” Grant

1-2 p.m. – Cool Rayz

3-4:30 p.m. – The Chee-Weez

Edgewater Mall West Parking Lot (Hwy 90)

11 a.m.-Noon – Deuce Coupe

1-2 p.m. – Magic

3-4:30 p.m. – Dr. Zarr

D’Iberville

11 a.m.-Noon – Figure Eight

1-2 p.m. – Barlow Brothers

3-4:30 p.m. – Vince Vance & The Valiants

Ocean Springs Downtown

11 a.m.-Noon – Brandie

1-2 p.m. – Starz

3-4:30 p.m. – Na Na Sha

Pascagoula

11 a.m.-Noon – Garry Wesley

1-2 p.m. – Modern Eldorados

3-4:30 p.m. – The Tip Tops


Sunday, October 7

All events at Cruise Central

2019 Registration open 8 a.m.-Noon.

Non-denominational prayer service, 8 a.m.

Stamping Cards must be turned in by 9 a.m.

Gene Oswalt Volunteer of the Year Award

The winners of the Cash Drawings will be announced (40 drawings of $500 each) totaling $20,000

Make-A-Wish Raffle Car Giveaway and unveiling of new 2019 Raffle Car!

Live entertainment by The Big Easy Boys, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


 



Mississippi Gulf Coast Cemetery Tours AUG 27, 2018 Connie Raley

October is one of those months that elicits an automatic feeling or image in us: crisper weather, fall leaves, oranges and browns, pumpkins and costumes. With Halloween quickly approaching, there is a sense of mystery and adventure. All Hallows’ Eve is a time of remembering the dead, "including saints, martyrs, and the faithful departed,” (Wikipedia). 

This month on the Gulf Coast, we like to honor those whom have gone before us, and celebrate the lives of those whom have made a tremendous impact on our heritage and lifestyle. What better way to get a feel for our ancestry than from the mouths of those who lived and died here. For the last two weeks in October, take a walk with us down memory lane from one side of the gulf to the other, stopping in Bay St Louis, Pass Christian, Biloxi, Pascagoula, and Moss Point.

On October 20, 2018, the 6th Annual Historic Griffin Cemetery Tour in Moss Point will be hosted by the Jackson County Historical and Genealogical Society, and presented by "caring citizens along the coast with ‘roots’ connecting them to Moss Point.” This year’s guided tour will wind through the first addition of the oldest cemetery in Moss Point, for the first time. Tour guides will lead attendees along the way introducing you to costumed committee members who will be sharing with you stories of generations of their family members whom have passed on in the last century, and why they chose Moss Point as their home. This is a daytime tour with several time slots to choose from: 9:00,10:00,11:00 am, 1:00 pm and possibly 2:00 p.m. This is a walking tour, but golf carts are available if needed. Enjoy free parking and free admission; donations, however, are encouraged to offset expenses of future tours. Vendors will be set up displaying crafts, books, and pottery. 
The Griffin Cemetery is located at the end of Dantzler Street from either I-10 or Highway 90 (look for direction signs). For more information contact Deidre @228-218-5239. 

For their 12th Annual Cemetery Tour, Biloxi Cemetery, also known as Old Biloxi, or Old French Cemetery, is honoring the journey of seven historical churches- with some of the oldest congregations- this year in their two-hour tour, themed "Biloxi Praise.” The impetus for this adventure was the 175th anniversary of the inception of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church. Other celebrations include the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, which is about the same age as Nativity; The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, which is an offshoot of the first Greek Orthodox Church established in the country in New Orleans, Louisiana; First Baptist Church of Biloxi that dates back to the 1800s; Seashore United Methodist Assembly; First Missionary Baptist, the 100+ year-old historic black church in Downtown Biloxi; and, Beth Israel, the Jewish congregation that began in about the 1950’s, even though there were Jewish settlers here in the 1800’s. As we well know, natural disaster can change the course of history as Beth Israel was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. The church has since relocated to Gulfport. 

The annual Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour has won state and regional awards for its attention to detail and research.  The tour is produced each year by "Preserve Biloxi,” a group that includes the City of Biloxi, Biloxi Bay Area Chamber, Biloxi Main Street, Biloxi Public Schools, the Genealogy and Local History Department of the Biloxi Public Library, and the University of Southern Mississippi History Department, Gulf Coast Campus. The committee is trying to "portray a different slice of life for Biloxians" this year showing that the church, regardless of denomination, is about more than faith. It celebrates life, death, marriage, community, and that these attributes matter to the collection as a whole. 


This Biloxi tour is available for two days: Sun Oct 21, 2-4 pm; Tuesday October 23, 5-7 pm.
Old Biloxi Cemetery is located at 1166 Irish Hill Dr, Biloxi, Ms. 
For more information call 228-435-6339 or Follow on Facebook @Preserve Biloxi

The Hancock County Historical Society is looking back 100 years to present a special theme for the Cedar Rest Cemetery Tour. For their 24th annual cemetery tour, the society will present eight characters in costume who will portray Hancock County residents (all of whom are buried in the cemetery) who were involved in World War I. Hear from soldiers, sailors, and even Buffalo soldiers: African-American troops who received their name from the Indians on the Frontier. You will also hear how the Red Cross came to Hancock County, and all about the Spanish Flu epidemic. This tour will begin Friday, October 26th, at 5pm, and will run continually beginning every ten minutes. Each tour will take about 45 minutes. All ages are welcome and admission is free. Donations are greatly appreciated. Refreshments will be served at the Kate Lobrano house, across from the county courthouse where you can learn more about the society and even become a member. 
Cedar Rest is located at 200 S. Second St. in Bay St. Louis, Ms.
For more information please visit: hancockcountyhistoricalsociety.com or call 228-467-4090.  

The theme for this year’s LaPoint-Krebs Cemetery Tour is "Boats, Trains, and Planes.” The LaPoint-Krebs home is the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley and has a museum that is also part of this tour. Re-enactors will be telling the stories of how these industries have shaped and changed the Gulf Coast. 

You will hear stories of the boating industry from the early 1700’s to modern shipbuilding. "The civil air patrol started one of the first bases here for submarine patrols in the Gulf.” The advent of trains coming to the area had a remarkable impact on the entire Gulf Coast. In early days there were smaller railroad lines running north and south that are not in use today. Planes, of course, brought yet another direction in history. Pascagoula saw one of the earliest airfields in the country, established in 1934. That airfield is now the Pascagoula fairgrounds. Meet Pascagoula’s only Tuskegee Airman and two girls from the 1940’s spring training for the All American Professional Women’s Baseball League during WWII, among others. This is their 12th tour and will be available October 25th, 5:30-7:30pm. 
LaPoint-Krebs home is located at 4602 Fort St., Pascagoula, Ms.
For more information contact Dan @228-249-2697

Each year, the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area awards grants to help support projects that will promote understanding of who we are on the coast, and to help conserve and enhance our heritage resources. The nationally significant stories that are told to residents and visitors help to celebrate our uniqueness. In 2017, the City of Biloxi was awarded one of these grants to create an historical archive and self-guided digital tour of the Old Biloxi Cemetery. The oldest section of this cemetery dates back to 1811, and most records are on paper or microfilm at City Hall or Biloxi Library. "This project will greatly benefit scholars and individuals doing research on the history of Biloxi and its people… through an interactive experience that tells the history of Biloxi through the eyes of individuals who helped shape that history.” 


The Live Oak Cemetery Tour in Pass Christian is the final tour for this season. Watch amazing, heart-felt performances in this completely student-led event happening Friday and Saturday night, November 9-10, 5-7:30pm. Lori Fisher is the sixth grade gifted class teacher at Pass Christian Middle School, and has been orchestrating this event for the past nine years. It is mandatory that her students participate in what began as a community project to give back. However, the passion that these kids have for what they do brings them back year after year. Over 100 middle school and high school students from Pass Christian come together to reenact some of the most interesting moments in the history of the Pass. 

You will not just hear stories, but witness dramatic reenactments of events that are a deep part of Pass Christian’s heritage. See the last duel that took place at what used to be the Pass Christian Hotel in the mid 1800’s between two businessmen from New Orleans. Listen as the high school band plays music to help set the scene. Participate in a full reenactment of the jazz funeral procession that was requested by local jazz musician Captain John Handy before his death. Witness a full military scene culminating in a student playing the emotional musical piece, Tapps.

Meet Senator John Henderson, Sr who donated the land for the cemetery in 1840 under the condition that any nationality could be buried there. He later donated the land that Trinity Episcopal is built on, and then allowed the church to take over ownership of the cemetery. He was instrumental in turning Pass Christian into a community. Most notably, Live Oak Cemetery is an historic landmark because of one lady buried there: Frances Parke Lewis Butler, great grandniece of President George Washington and great granddaughter of Martha Washington. Hear her story and many more on this tour.

Tours will begin every 10 minutes, and will last approximately 1 hr 15 min.
125 Church St, Pass Christian, Ms 
Church Street will be closed for the event, but there is parking at the middle school or Trinity Episcopal Church, which will be open for refreshments. 
For more information contact Lori: lfisher@pc.k12.ms.us

The hosts for these tours are passionate about sharing their history. We invite you to take a walk down memory lane and explore the heritage of the Mississippi Gulf Coast from a fresh perspective, honoring those whom have gone before us and paved the way for the lifestyle we enjoy today.