What am I talking about: slabs or falling-down houses that were severely damaged and left as eye-sores as a result of Hurricane Katrina?
You might also ask, “What do Robert Redford, Natalie Wood, Tennessee Williams, Sydney Pollack, and Old Town Bay St. Louis have in common”?
The answer to both of these questions is the 1966 movie, “This Property Is Condemned”. The movie was filmed in Old Town Bay St. Louis and “the property” in question not only survived Hurricane Katrina, but is now home to the Bay St. Louis Little Theater, 398 Blaize Avenue .
A short walking tour, starting at the Bay St. Louis Depot, features five significant buildings or locations used in the film and takes about 30 minutes. Additionally, the film is available for viewing any time before 2 p.m. in the Depot.
How cool is that!!
If you like antiques, if you like art, if you like resilient Southern women, if you like museums, or if you simply like to enjoy yourself, then you will definitely like the Alice Moseley Folk Art and Antique Museum that is located in the Train Depot in Old Town Bay St. Louis.
Alice Moseley is a well-known folk artist who resided in Old Town. She did not begin her artistic career until the age of 65, and she lived to be 94 years young.
The museum is home to 45 of her paintings that she left to the people of Bay St. Louis. The paintings are not for sale, but prints of her paintings are available for purchase at the museum. Also housed in the museum are furnishings from her home, located across the street, and Tim Moseley’s 35-year-old collection of majolica, art pottery, art glass, and other collectibles.
The Friend of the Alice Moseley Museum recently dedicated a new pavilion on the grounds of the Depot and announced that a new folk art festival honoring Miss Alice is being created.
Miss Alice’s blue house, as mentioned, is across the street from the museum and is available rent as a vacation cottage.
The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information, you can call the museum at 228.457.9223 or click HERE to go to the museum’s website.
This museum is one of those not-to-miss items on any list!
Bay St. Louis is one of the oldest cities in South Mississippi, established over 300 years ago in 1699 and was originally named Shieldsboro, after a ship’s purser named Thomas Shields. Renamed in 1818 to the current name, Bay St. Louis was slated to be the first state capital but lost out to Natchez, which, shortly thereafter, lost out to Jackson. What wasn’t lost to Jackson was the area’s charm and affinity for the arts.
Bay St. Louis has the distinction of being home to artists, sets for movies, and some of the oldest, most historic buildings in Mississippi. Among the buildings are:
- The 1899 Hancock Bank Building (the oldest two-story building in the city) located at 100 S. Beach Blvd;
- The 1925 Masonic Temple Building at 125 Main Street, a neo-classic Revival style building;
- The 1911 Hancock County Courthouse at 150 Main Street, the tallest building in Old Town;
- 1880’s The Louis Piernas House, 202 S. Toulme St, home to a “free man of color”;
- The Train Depot, 1928 Depot Way, two-story mission style depot built in 1928 and famously served as a set in “This Property is Condemned”;
- The Queen Anne style home located at 398 Blaize Ave. was built in 1916, and is was the centerpiece of the movie “This Property is Condemned House“, based on a play by Tennessee Williams. This building is now the home of the Bay St. Louis Little Theater.
- One of the most well-known artists from Bay St, Louis was Alice Moseley. Ms. Moseley began her artistic career at age 60 and lived to be 94. The Alice Moseley House is located at 214 Bookter Street.
Many more historic and stunning buildings abound in Bay St. Louis. The best place to go for information is to the Depot Visitor’s Center. This building also houses the Alice Moseley Museum, the Mardi Gras Museum, and the Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau.
Enjoy getting to know Bay St. Louis!
Do you like to travel with your pet? Or enjoy your pet’s company at mealtime? But then hate to leave the little (or large) fellow at home or in your room when you go out to enjoy the restaurants on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi? Well, you don’t have to look into those sorrowful, soulful eyes and tell him/her to “Stay!” any longer! Here is a short list of pet-friendly restaurants locally!
The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint
7501 HWY 57
Ocean Springs, MS, US 39565
Shaggy’s Biloxi Beach
1763 Beach Blvd
Biloxi, MS, US 39530
The Grind Coffee & Nosh
934 Cedar Lake road
Biloxi, MS, US
The Blind Tiger
119 N. Beach Boulevard
Bay St. Louis, MS
112 Jeff Davis Ave
Long Beach, MS 39560
110 Rue Magnolia
Recommended that you call in advance to confirm outdoor seating.
For additional pet-friendly restaurants in South Mississippi, please follow these links:
Always remember your Pet Etiquette when dining out with Fido:
- Keep Fido on a leash at all times;
- Fido doesn’t belong on the table, chairs, or stools;
- It is impolite to feed Fido from the table;
- Fido should always observe his/her inside voice and not bark to disturb other diners.
From the Pine Hills Hotel in Pass Christian to the Great Southern Hotel in Gulfport and the White House Hotel in Biloxi, many grand and stately hotels once graced the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Time and progress, with the help of natural disasters, have taken their toll on these grand and historic buildings so that most are only picture-postcard memories, relegated to faded photos in long-lost picture albums.
A brief but thorough article on these Grand Dames of the Gulf Coast can be found on Wikipedia through the following link:
Historic Grand Hotels on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Individually, you will find the following articles on these all-but-forgotten treasures and again bring them to life in your imagination, seeing in your mind’s eye their grandeur and splendor, that has, like so much in the South, “Gone With the Wind”.
Great Southern Hotel (Gulfport)
White House Hotel (Biloxi)
Buena Vista Hotel (Biloxi)
Edgewater Gulf Hotel (Biloxi)
Pine Hills Hotel (Pass Christian)
Markham Hotel (Gulfport)
Tivoli Hotel (Biloxi)
Broadwater Beach Hotel (Biloxi)
The Hancock County Historical Society in Bay St. Louis, founded in 1977, is a very active organization, researching and preserving the long and storied history of Hancock County. The Society has amassed thousands of documents and photographs to be gathered into a computerized database with wide availability. These documents and photographs have been collected from churches, schools, magazines, newspapers, local authors, city archives, the county and many other sources.
To begin your foray into the fascinating and sometimes colorful history of Hancock County, please check out the Historical Society’s website, http://www.hancockcountyhistoricalsociety.com/, visit their offices at 108 Cue Street, Bay St. Louis, or call 228.467.4090.
The following link to a brief outline of Hancock County’s history will certainly whet your appetite and motivate you to learn more about what has happened here, when it happened, and who was involved. http://www.hancockcountyhistoricalsociety.com/history/hancockcounty.htm
Add to this article the following articles about the famous “Pirate House” and Jean Lafitte and you will be hooked on this organization and the history of Hancock County! The Pirate House was located at 649 North Beach Boulevard, Waveland MS.
The Pirate House and Jean Lafitte http://www.hancockcountyhistoricalsociety.com/history/lafittepirate.htm
The Pirate House Revisited http://www.hancockcountyhistoricalsociety.com/history/lafittepirate-part2.htm
Enjoy your Journey!!!