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Hancock County History and Pirates!!!


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!!!

Haunted Houses and Events in Gulfport!

Just a little research on the Internet will find you several Haunted Houses, real and staged, and related events in Gulfport.  Here are just a few that you might want to check out!

Terror on the Coast, 3450 Giles Road, just off U.S. 49 and 34th Street, http://www.sunherald.com/news/local/counties/harrison-county/article37960620.html

Gregory House,  http://www.hauntedhouses.com/states/ms/gregory_house.htm

Catacombs of Terror, Barksdale Pavilion in Jones Park  http://www.gulfcoast.org/visitors/events/index.cfm?EventID=6615

Into the Woods / Haunted Trail, 27460  Road 310, Gulfport  http://www.gulfcoast.org/visitors/events/index.cfm?showweek=1&cdate=10-25-2015

Kayak Fishing in the Back Bay of Biloxi

If you are looking for an abundance of fish and wildlife to enjoy from your Kayak, look no further than the Back Bay of Biloxi.  In addition to abundant fishing, you can spot Dolphins, Pelican, Cormorants, Herons and other water birds cruising the converging waters of “Big Lake”, Bernard Bayou, Biloxi River, and the Back Bay right along with you, looking for their next meal.  Bernard Bayou is widest at its opening near the Gulf and is where you will find many casinos.   However, the inland area is more protected and more populated and is where you will find a greater abundance of fish and fowl for your enjoyment.  And here the fish almost jump into the boat with you.  So check out the Back Bay of Biloxi for your next Kayak Fishing trip!

Bella Mar Boutique

Bella Mar Boutique

Opened in February 2015, Bella Mar Boutique, home of swanky styles in South Mississippi,  strives to be the most unique dress shop on the Gulf Coast and is on Highway 90 in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.  We are pleased to carry clothing lines such as Karlie, Others Follow, Dear John Denim, Black Swan, Z Supply, Freeway, Niki Biki, White Crow, and Hanky Panky.  We specialize in casual and career dressing for the on-the-way-up young executive,  young mothers, and the modern woman.  Our jewelry lines include Ellie Vail and Liz Henry in addition to OTBT shoes.  New to the shop are the popular S’well Bottles in 9 oz. and 17 oz sizes.

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Stop by the shop and check out the under $30 Sale Rack!

We offer Complimentary In-Store Personal Styling and Private Shopping by Appointment!!!

Or, better yet, schedule us to host a Shopping Party for your next Birthday Celebration, Bridal Shower, or Ladies Luncheon!!!  Concessions are available in addition to complimentary hor d’oeuvres.


Bella Mar Boutique
736C Hwy 90
Bay St Louis, MS



The Tractors Are Working On The White Sandy Mississippi Beaches

The Coast is always ready for beachgoers! Tractors can frequently be seen out smoothing the sandy white beaches,  making it really nice for locals and friends from out of town to visit! We love grabbing some drinks and cooking out on the coast. Check out some of our favorite local spots like The Blind Tiger for some nice royal reds and Bay Books for some gifts.  IMG_0394

The Coast stays ready for visitors and friends to celebrate the any holiday, or just celebrate “Just Because It’s Tuesday”!!!


The Coast really has the Most!




Thomas Jackson, a local artist and musician from Hattiesburg, Mississippi has been touring the Coast for years and has his heart set on making music for years to come. His latest release, Bridgeburner, is a heartfelt, soulful recording about coming home and living life under the southern sky. Thomas Jackson is also a writer and an artist. You can currently see his art at the Mockingbird Cafe in Bay St Louis where we were enjoying some Icy Pints the other night. He does a wide range of oil pastel paintings from superheroes to coastal fish. Growing up in Tupelo, Mississippi, Thomas enjoyed comic books as many of us did. He has rekindled that love for the arts and superheroes through his drawings and paintings.


Thomas moved to Hattiesburg in the 90’s for school to study graphic design. He soon fell in love with songwriting and playing shows. Since then, he’s been doing music full time, teaching in Hattiesburg and painting on his off days. He was set to release his debut comic book in 2014.


Thomas is really passionate about his music and the Arts renaissance that the Coast is experiencing right now. We spoke for quite some time about the beautiful history of Mississippi music makers and the arts of our local community.


You can catch Thomas playing at many of the local bars and clubs throughout Hattiesburg almost every weekend!

Check out The Porch Sessions

Thomas’s Facebook

Email: TJack26@yahoo.com for Art and Music Requests.




Come Party with Thomas Jackson and friends this summer!