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National Park Service Celebrates 100 Years

On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service will celebrate 100 years of service to America.  Congress established the National Park Service in 1916.  At that time 35 national parks made up the national park system.  Today, that number has grown to 402 covering 84 million acres in 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  The National Park Service... read more

Bridging the Blues 2016 – The Greatest Blues Event on Earth!

Starting with the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival in Greenville September 30 – October 2 and ending with the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena October 5 – 8, Bridging the Blues is the greatest celebration of the Blues on Earth.  The line-ups for both festivals have been announced along with special events leading up to and following the festivals that will be held throughout the region. Bridging the... read more

The Ruins of Windsor Yesterday and Today

There is no doubt the name of the site, “The Ruins of Windsor,” alone evokes mystery.  But, what happened to this magnificent home?   At the time of its construction the Greek Revival mansion was the largest home ever built in Mississippi.   Windsor was built by Smith Coffee Daniell II, a Mississippi born planter who acquired great wealth by the age of 30.  He married his cousin Catherine Freeland... read more

The Old Man Next Door

There is something about living near a body of water of great power that is always with you.  T.S. Eliot wrote:  “The oceans surround us, the river is within us.”  For those of us who live near the Mississippi River these words have special meaning.  The river is a constant companion.  The river is a constant source of awe and inspiration.  The river is a constant source of reverence and a place for... read more

Does Vicksburg celebrate the Fourth of July?

We receive many questions at the Vicksburg Visitors Information Center about whether or not our city celebrates our nation’s birthday. Although we have celebrated the holiday for many years, for 81 years after the July 4, 1863, surrender of Vicksburg the city did not celebrate Independence Day. The surrender of Vicksburg by Confederate General John C. Pemberton to Union General Ulysses S. Grant was not a... read more

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