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.
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!
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 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.
The Hancock County Historical Society in Bay St. Louis, founded in 1977, is a very active organization, researching and preserving the long and storied history of Hancock County. The Society has amassed thousands of documents and photographs to be gathered into a computerized database with wide availability. These documents and photographs have been collected from churches, schools, magazines, newspapers, local authors, city archives, the county and many other sources.
To begin your foray into the fascinating and sometimes colorful history of Hancock County, please check out the Historical Society’s website, http://www.hancockcountyhistoricalsociety.com/, visit their offices at 108 Cue Street, Bay St. Louis, or call 228.467.4090.
Add to this article the following articles about the famous “Pirate House” and Jean Lafitte and you will be hooked on this organization and the history of Hancock County! The Pirate House was located at 649 North Beach Boulevard, Waveland MS.
Jeremy Burke of Bay Books puts on his annual Where’s Waldo promotion in Old Town Bay St. Louis. Jeremy is an avid supporter of creating fun opportunities for reading. Children just love searching for Waldo throughout the local Bay shops and boutiques. Below you will find more information on the Bay Books celebration of Waldo.
Where’s Waldo? In Old Town Bay St. Louis of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five different local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including stickers, posters and books. Waldo figures are popping up in public areas of local establishments.
Support local business and the Shop Local movement with this great summer vacation activity!
Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo in Bay St. Louis!” passport with the names of all the participating sites at Bay Books, then get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. The first 100 Waldo seekers to get their passports marked at seven or more sites can bring their passports back to Bay Books to collect prizes; ten or more will entitle diligent seekers to entry in a grand prize drawing on July 31, with the top prize being a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books! There is no charge to participate and the hunt last throughout the entire month of July. For more information please contact Bay Books at 228.463.2688. Bay Books is located at 131 Main Street, Bay Saint Louis.
Located on the corner of Beach Blvd. and Main St. in Bay St. Louis, The Blind Tiger is a long-awaited addition to the Old Town restaurant scene, as it is the first restaurant to open its doors on the beach side of Beach Blvd. since Hurricane Katrina. This cool, open-air establishment is everything a beachfront hangout should be…colorful, inviting, and loaded to the brim with fresh Gulf seafood and juicy burgers.