Category Archives: Historic Buildings

Alice Moseley Folk Art and Antique Museum, Old Town Bay St. Louis

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!

Gulf Coast Historical Markers

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.

Historic Sights to See in Old Town Bay St. Louis

Bay St. Louis is one of the oldest cities in South Mississippi, established over 300 years ago in 1699 and was originally named Shieldsboro, after a ship’s purser named Thomas Shields.  Renamed in 1818 to the current name, Bay St. Louis was slated to be the first state capital but lost out to Natchez, which, shortly thereafter, lost out to Jackson.  What wasn’t lost to Jackson was the area’s charm and affinity for the arts.

Bay St. Louis has the distinction of being home to artists, sets for movies, and some of the oldest, most historic buildings in Mississippi.   Among the buildings are:

  • The 1899 Hancock Bank Building (the oldest two-story building in the city) located at 100 S. Beach Blvd;
  • The 1925 Masonic Temple Building at 125 Main Street, a neo-classic Revival style building;
  • The 1911 Hancock County Courthouse at 150 Main Street, the tallest building in Old Town;
  • 1880’s The Louis Piernas House, 202 S. Toulme St, home to a “free man of color”;
  • The Train Depot, 1928 Depot Way, two-story mission style depot built in 1928 and famously served as a set in “This Property is Condemned”;
  • The Queen Anne style home located at 398 Blaize Ave. was built in 1916, and is was the centerpiece of the movie “This Property is Condemned House“, based on a play by Tennessee Williams.  This building is now the home of the Bay St. Louis Little Theater.
  • One of the most well-known artists from Bay St, Louis was Alice Moseley.  Ms. Moseley began her artistic career at age 60 and lived to be 94.  The Alice Moseley House is located at 214 Bookter Street.

Many more historic and stunning buildings abound in Bay St. Louis.  The best place to go for information is to the Depot Visitor’s Center.  This building also houses the Alice Moseley Museum, the Mardi Gras Museum, and the Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau.

Enjoy getting to know Bay St. Louis!

The Grand Hotels of the Gulf Coast

From the Pine Hills Hotel in Pass Christian to the Great Southern Hotel in Gulfport and the White House Hotel in Biloxi, many grand and stately hotels once graced the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.  Time and progress, with the help of natural disasters, have taken their toll on these grand and historic buildings so that most are only picture-postcard memories, relegated to faded photos in long-lost picture albums.

A brief but thorough article on these Grand Dames of the Gulf Coast can be found on Wikipedia through the following link:

Historic Grand Hotels on the Mississippi Gulf Coast 

Individually, you will find the following articles on these all-but-forgotten treasures and again bring them to life in your imagination, seeing in your mind’s eye their grandeur and splendor, that has, like so much in the South, “Gone With the Wind”.

Great Southern Hotel (Gulfport)

White House Hotel (Biloxi)

Buena Vista Hotel (Biloxi)

Edgewater Gulf Hotel (Biloxi)

Pine Hills Hotel (Pass Christian)

Markham Hotel (Gulfport)

Tivoli Hotel (Biloxi)

Broadwater Beach Hotel (Biloxi)

Roof Repair in Waveland Mississippi after Hurricane Isaac


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Ok now the Hurricane is over and for the most part much of Waveland was spared from the real destruction we have seen in prior Hurricanes. This doesn’t mean we didn’t have damage. Many opf us have suffered great losses in Waveland, Mississippi.

Thornhill Construction can get you a roof repair estimate to get your roof repaired or replaced from the damages from Hurricane Isaac. Schedules will get tight so get on the estimate list as soon as possible.

Please fill out the form to get an appointment for Roof Repair, Roof Replacement and other Hurrican damages in the Waveland Mississippi area.
Thornhill Construction is a local contractor that can get your house in order quickly.

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Bay’s Natural Grocery coming to Bay St Louis, MS

Bay’s Natural Grocery has annouced their intention of opening a store in Old Town Bay St Louis, MS.

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It will be a great treat to have another grocery store in Bay St. Louis, but really awesome for a quality grocer! see more info at http://www.baysnatural.com

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