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Heritage Tourism in Mississippi

Updated on June 19, 2014

For me, Mississippi means Biloxi and the Gulf Coast; I'll try to treat it more broadly here! ;-)

The State of Mississippi is full of historical, cultural and natural elements to make it an excellent heritage tourism destination. I was fortunate enough to live there for a few months in 1961 and we visited again just a few years ago. Perhaps best known as the site of hurricanes landing from the Gulf of Mexico, I'll leave that aspect for others to report. With the current emphasis on the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, I will certainly include some of that history here. Come join me in this visit.

Photo image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biloxi,_Mississippi

National Heritage Areas in Mississippi - Always a good place to start learning about a state for heritage tourism

These National Heritage Areas (NHAs) cover multi-county ares of the state. They give you an excellent first view of what is available for your planning for heritage tourism experiences.

Restored Beauvoir, home of Jefferson Davis
Restored Beauvoir, home of Jefferson Davis

Biloxi, Mississippi, highlights

This referenced article provides information on Biloxi and other coastal communities. It has useful photos and related information. The photo is the restored last home of Jefferson Davis, Beauvoir, that suffered damage in a hurricane. The article also shares information about the casinos that now dominate the skyline.

Photo image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biloxi,_Mississippi

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Elvis' birthplace in Tupelo, Mississiippi
Elvis' birthplace in Tupelo, Mississiippi

Tupelo, Mississippi

Tupelo, Mississippi, is noted for many things, including the birthplace of Elvis Presley (see photo). It is also the home of the Tupelo National Battlefield an important historic Civil War site. See this link as well at the National Heritage Area information for further details.

Photo image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupelo,_Mississippi

Wife, Nancy, finds the grave of relative in southern Mississippi after many years of searching; click for story link

Wife, Nancy, finds the grave of relative in southern Mississippi after many years of searching; click for story link
Wife, Nancy, finds the grave of relative in southern Mississippi after many years of searching; click for story link

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I regular write on Heritage Tourism at Examiner.com.

I also write a monthly column as The Heritage Tourist at the digi-mag The In-Depth Genealogist along with two monthly blog posts. You can sign up for free, so as not to miss an issue or a blog post.

My Ground Electronics Officers School class at Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS, in 1961

My Ground Electronics Officers School class at Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS, in 1961
My Ground Electronics Officers School class at Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS, in 1961

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @charlenedelfin lm: Thank you, very much. I do like to write books, too! ;-)

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      charlenedelfin lm 5 years ago

      Very informative Lens. It's like reading a book. :)

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @tssfacts: Thank you for having it available... we each work together! ;-)

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      tssfacts 5 years ago

      Thank you for including my 6 Historical Sites in Mississippi. It's been a while since I been back to Mississippi. It has a special place in my heart. I think often of the six years that I lived there.