Visit Vicksburg Mississippi

by on December 26th, 2014
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Vicksburg, Mississippi, is one of the river towns that is historically known for its Southern Charm. That charm includes antebellum homes, museums, and entertainment.

The town was strategic in the Civil War, because of its location on the Mississippi River. That history is shown in the Vicksburg National Military Park.

This park serves as a large visual of the Vicksburg siege. Within its borders are 1260 memorials, monuments and statues honoring the men who played an important part of that battle. Forts, trenches, and artillery positions are displayed throughout the park. There are park tours available by licensed guides, who ride along in the visitor’s private vehicle. Another option is the self guided tours, featuring audiotapes.

The U.S. Cairo Museum is across from the entrance to the Vicksburg National Military Park. There are artifacts retrieved from the USS Cairo on display.

In the same vicinity is the Vicksburg National Cemetery. There are graves of 17,000 Civil War Union soldiers located here. There are veterans of other wars buried here, also.

The Vicksburg Battlefield Museum is another place to see the land and naval history of the Civil War. There are paintings, reference materials, and other exhibits to examine the Vicksburg siege.

The Vicksburg Visitor Center is located at the entrance to Vicksburg National Military Park. There are maps, exhibits, and other information available pertaining to the park.

There are many antebellum homes to see in Vicksburg. The Duff Green Mansion is a fine choice to tour. It was built in 1856 and was used as a Confederate and Union hospital. This restored mansion is now a bed and breakfast, which is furnished with antiques.

The Martha Vick House is another fine choice to tour. This mansion was built in 1830 and has a collection of fine antiques and artwork.

The McRaven is unique in its structure. It was built in three distinct sections. The original is a 1797 brick structure. In 1836 American Empire styling was added on to the original house. In 1849 the Greek Revivial segment was built. The furnishings are period pieces, including some of the weapons used in the Civil War. The gardens are spectacular,and is recorded that they were once home to a Confederate camp site.

Cedar Grove is another mansion that was built in 1840. The house was shot by gunboats, and there is still a cannon ball lodged in a parlor wall.

The Biedenharn Coca Cola Museum is a restored soda fountain. It has some of the earliest bottling equipment used in the distribution of the Coca Cola products. Coca Cola was first bottled in Vicksburg.

The Dixie Showboat Players present family type entertainment on the week-ends.

Twice a year the town offers pilgrimages to tour the antebellum homes. The Fall pilgrimage begins in October and the Spring one begins in March. These usually are available for a three week period each season.

Night life in Vicksburg is highlighted by the three gambling establishments located on the Mississippi River. Good food and entertainment are offered.

Lodging is no problem in this town. You can stay at a bed and breakfast in one of the antebellum homes, or a one of the many motels and hotels in the area. Best Western, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, and other large franchise establishments are located in the city.

The cuisine is varied in Vicksburg. True Southern dishes, Italian, Barbecue, and traditional American are some of the choices. Fresh catfish is also served in many of the popular eateries.

There are small shops located in the town, where unique gifts can be found. Pemberton Square features Dillards, Belks, and J.C. Penney stores. There is a factory outlet mall, also.

Vicksburg has many facets that a visitor will enjoy. For additional information, contact the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, at 800-221-3536. They have maps, brochures, and other items of interest to the visitor.

(Reference: AAA Publishing Company, Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau)

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