While one can look at Beach Boulevard and notice the absence of commercialization but not know that Waveland is the only city on the Gulf Coast which prohibits commercial buildings on its beachfront. Good for them! That certainly makes Beach Boulevard all the more charming and inviting, a quiet retreat.
Originally part of Shieldsboro, which is now Bay St. Louis, Waveland became a separate municipality in 1888 and a city in 1970. Coleman Avenue has endured destruction twice: once by Hurricane Camille in 1969 and again by Hurricane Katina in 2005. But Coleman Avenue is slowly coming back as are houses on the beach.
What is now the Ground Zero Museum started out as the Civic Center and was the only building left standing on Coleman Avenue following Hurricane Katrina. It is home to a hand-cranked carousel that was donated to Waveland after Katrine by the people of Port Townsend Washington.
Many interesting details about the history of Waveland can be found on this website and I encourage you to visit and read all about Waveland’s storied past!