Vicksburg is an enduring cornerstone of the history, heritage and hospitality of the “Old South.” A high bluff and rich flatlands by the Mississippi River led to settlement in 1811. Steamboats, a railroad and cotton all contributed to rapid growth and prosperity until the Civil War. On July 4, 1863, after a 47-day siege, the “Gibraltar of the Confederacy” was surrendered. Tourism finally joined trade as the keystone to Vicksburg’s resurgence more than a century later.
Riverboat gambling in the form of large casinos has come to dominate the waterfront. Downtown, a few specialty shops, antiques stores and restaurants are helping to restore the once-vital district. Horse-drawn carriages again clop along oak-and-magnolia-shaded streets where proudly restored Victorian homes showcase authentic heritage pieces and Southern hospitality to visitors and overnight guests. North and east of town, one of the nation’s most beautiful military parks is a soul-stirring memorial to a great turning point in American history.
For more information, check with the local Convention & Visitors Bureau.
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