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!
Just a very short distance from Diamondhead, right out the back, is a 122-year-old, 40-acre cemetery is one of Hancock County’s oldest, and it is famous for it fences–Rotten Bayou Cemetery. Many of the names familiar to all local residents are on headstones: Cuevas, Moran, Ladner, Dedeaux, Dubuisson, Necaise, Hoda, just to name a few. A partial listing of the indexed graves can be seen at the referenced website as can directions. More extensive and detailed information about the cemetery can be found here.
For one of the most exciting and valuable resources of information concerning “all things Hancock County–past, present, future” you need look no further than the Hancock County Historical Society.
Founded in 1977, the Society is housed in the Kate Lobrano House, 108 Cue Street, Bay St. Louis, near the Hancock County Courthouse.
Current Executive Director, Charles H Gray, is virtually a walking encyclopedia of knowledge about Hancock County and is spearheading the Society’s effort to create a computerized database of all written documents for instant access to any information needed. Records have been gathered from as many sources as are available and include newspapers and magazines, local city archives and authors, churches, schools–wherever records have been kept or have survived the hurricanes that have devastated Hancock County’s coast. Hancock County was founded in 1812 and named after John Hancock, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, so there is a potential for a plethora of documents to be maintained.
Thirty Thousand photographs have been collected, the majority from the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, and are housed in the Society’s vault, catalogued and categorized. Their website contains a wealth of information of both curiosity and importance that will entertain and enlighten you for hours.
Another interesting project of the Historical Society is the Hancock County Live Oak Tree Registration. Trees receiving this designation must be on private property and determined to be at least 100 years old, ascertained by the measurement of the circumference of the tree at a distance of 4.5 feet from the ground. A member of the Society will be able to assist you in measuring your tree to determine its age.
The Hancock County Historical Society is providing future generations of Coastal Mississippians with history and information that would be lost if not for their considerable efforts. Give them a call, drop by the Kate Lobrano House, or consider becoming a member. Memberships are only $25/year for individuals and come with discounts on the books and other items sold by the Society. Tours are offered by the society to historic places and a monthly luncheon meeting ($10) is held at the Lobrano House.
HANCOCK COUNTY HISTORICAL MARKERS
Given the name “Magnolia Markers”, Hancock County is home to a total of about 25 State Historical Markers. These markers commemorate significant dates, people, events, and historical places in Hancock County. Unfortunately, weather, fire and time have taken their toll on the buildings some of the markers have been erected to honor. With the exception of a very few destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and not yet replaced, the markers still stand as a remembrance to Hancock County’s storied past.
The Hancock County Historical Society maintains an updated list of the Magnolia Makers erected locally and a list of 17 can be accessed by through the following link: Magnolia Markers in Hancock County. A complete list can be found at MississippiMarkers.com.
Information on the 39 Harrison County Historical Markers can be accessed by the following two links: HARRISON COUNTY HISTORICAL MARKERS and StoppingPoints.com.
Jackson County is home to 26 markers and information on them can be found either at JACKSON COUNTY HISTORICAL MARKERS and StoppingPoints.com.
PLEASE NOTE: THESE LINKS MAY NOT IDENTIFY ALL OF THE MARKERS IN EACH COUNTY.
SPONSOR A MAGNOLIA MARKER
If you would like to sponsor a Magnolia Marker, you can find that information through the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The process is outlined and applications are available on this website.
There are fewer farmers markets available to South Mississippi and the Coastal90 readers area this time of year, but there are still a few around. The variety of goods available ranges from fresh breads and other baked goods, plants, local meats and sausage, and seasonally fresh vegetables. Please be sure to doublecheck each location as dates and times are subject to change!
You will also find more detailed information on what foods are available at each location by clicking the imbedded links.
D’IBERVILLE FARMERS MARKET
10383 Automall Parkway (in front of Civic Center)
Open Year Round – Monday-Saturdays
For Info Call Patty @ 228.392.9734
GULFPORT THE HARBOR MARKET
Jones Park Pavilion, Highway 90
Maybe Saturdays 2pm-5pm
For Info Call Diane 228.257.2496
LONG BEACH FARMERS MARKET
Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) Certified Farmers Market
United Methodist Church Parking lot, 208 Pine Street
Downtown Long Beach
Open Year Round on Saturdays
For Info Call Dita McCarthy 228.234.8732
OCEAN SPRINGS FRESH MARKET
L&N Depot, 1000 Washington Avenue, Ocean Springs
Open Year Round on Saturdays
Call Diane at 228.257.2496
PASS CHRISTIAN MARKET
War Memorial Park, Highway 90, Pass Christian
103 Fleitas Avenue
Open Year Round on Saturdays
For More Info Call 228.297.3040
MENGE FARMERS MARKET
Interstate 10 at 8095 Menge Ave, Pass Christian
Open Year Round Fridays
For More Info Call 228.452.0590