15. July 2013 09:49
Corinth is a significant location in the state’s American Civil War history and heritage. Its proximity to Shiloh National Military Park and the area’s pivotal role during the war offer the ideal backdrop as the state commemorates the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War now through 2015.
While many might be aware of the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, Brice’s Crossroads and other sites, the Corinth Contraband Camp is another part of the state’s heritage that might not be as familiar to some visitors.
During the war, many African Americans who fled Southern plantations and farms seeking freedom and protection found Union-occupied Corinth to be a secure location. The Corinth Contraband Camp was established by Union General Grenville M. Dodge to accommodate these refugees.
The Corinth camp resembled a small town, complete with a church, commissary, hospital, frame and log homes, and a street grid with named streets and numbered houses. An American Missionary Association School operated where over 1,000 African American children and adults learned to read through the efforts of various benevolent organizations.
In December 1863, the camp was moved to Memphis and the freedmen resided in a more traditional refugee facility for the remainder of the war. The Corinth Contraband Camp was the first step on the road to freedom and the struggle for equality for thousands of former slaves. A plaque near the entrance fittingly reads, “Here a newly free people took their unswerving first steps on the long road to full citizenship.”
Today, a portion of the historic Corinth Contraband Camp is preserved to commemorate those who began their journey to freedom there in 1862-1863. This land now hosts a quarter-mile walkway, which exhibits six life-size bronze sculptures depicting the men, women and children who inhabited the camp.
3. July 2013 05:53
You just never know what’s going to happen at the Pearl River County Welcome Center. We had a genuine “Tea Party” courtesy of Sweet Serenity Tea Room on June 30. Cindy Sanders and her husband, Gary, served Magnolia Peach Ice Tea, hot scones with Devonshire cream cheese spread (this is her mother's secret recipe), chocolate éclairs and cream puffs. They answered many questions concerning the brewing of and types of tea, both hot and cold. So if you ever thought about a nice cup of hot tea or a glass of iced tea along with some scones, a salad, a wrap or a sandwich in a lovely setting with great atmosphere, you just have to visit Cindy at Sweet Serenity Tea Room & Café located at 217 S. Curran St. in Picayune.
3. July 2013 05:47
On June 29, visitors at the Pearl River County Welcome Center enjoyed homemade blueberry muffins from the new Miss Blueberry Teen Queen, Aston Brianne Barnes. Picayune’s Miss Hospitality, Bethany Berryman, was also on hand greeting visitors and handing out brochures. Paul’s Pastries also brought a red, white and blue king cake for tourists to sample. Everyone went wild over the blueberry and cream cheese filling. Yum, yum, yum for blueberry goodness!
3. July 2013 05:34
June 14 was a very busy day at the Pearl River Welcome Center in Picayune. The morning included a beautiful flag raising courtesy of special guests Russell Foster and Frank Egger, both veterans who did the honors of raising the American and State flags. Afterwards guests and visitors enjoyed a beautifully decorated flag cake done in red, white and blue. In the afternoon, the center hosted a storytelling time with author Mac McClelland and his wife Charlotte who read “Hopping to Toomey.” The children were overjoyed to hear and learn about the rabbits and the small town of Toomey and enjoy lemonade and other treats. One lucky participant, a young man named Bryce, won an autographed copy of the book.
11. April 2013 10:54
Whether you enjoy hiking, camping, playing golf, a nice walk on the beach or maybe the well-kept secret of playing disc golf we have it all in Mississippi. The disc is like a Frisbee; only instead of tossing it to a person you try to toss it into a basket. Everyone is trying it. It’s the latest craze to hit the sporting world. They even have a Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA). Members of the association will be setting up a course at Pearl River County Welcome Center. The course will be set up on Sunday, April 28 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. If you want to have some fun, come out and join us.
4. April 2013 08:47
Pike County Welcome Center I-55 North 3 miles from Osyka, Ms will celebrate Confederate Heritage Month starting April 12, 2013 from 10:00 am -1: 00 pm the Daughters of Confederacy will greet tourist dressed in their Civil War period of attire. They will be serving cookies as they talk to the tourists.
April 13-14, 2013 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm the Stockdale Rangers and the Sons of Confederacy will set up tents, cook on site, display weapons, and dress in Civil War period of attire.
4. April 2013 06:40
Please join us for our Spring Street Fair, if you happen to be in Picayune this weekend (April 6 & 7). We will be open from 9:00am – 5:00 pm daily. We will be displaying the finest Artisans in the South all along East & West Canal Street, North & South Main and Highway 11 South. There will be Free LIVE entertainment, Children’s activities, arts, crafts, antiques and food vendors. On Saturday, the Boulevard Cruisers Car Show & on Sunday, Fat Boyz Cycles/Motorcycle Show.
16. March 2013 11:08
David Fred Smith will be demonstrating his quilting techniques every Tuesday and Thursday in March 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. He will have show quilts from the Mississippi State Fair and county fairs on display. These quilts won “Best in Show” at the State Fair in 2011 and 2012. Smith also has a quilt called “Storm Surge” on display at the White House. He sent it to President Bush as a thank you for all his help and consideration after Hurricane Katrina. Smith will have several books on display about Mississippi or written by Mississippi authors.
16. March 2013 05:30
Stop by the Pearl River County Welcome Center on March 30 to see the folk art of Ed Hahn, a former New Orleans resident now living in Carriere, Miss. He is the executive chef of Paul’s Pastry. His passion is food (he has been a chef for 35 years), but his real love is art. Ed has been carving wooden duck decoys since he was a small boy with his grandfather. His grandfather, Earl Bappert, taught him the techniques of repairing the decoys' heads and bodies before each hunting season. Ed had no idea that his love for hunting would turn into this fantastic folk art, also developing his skill in painting and carving. Don't miss Ed and his unique art March 30!
We will have several different displays for viewing and local celebrities to visit with throughout the month, please check our calendar of events and stop by to see us.
15. February 2013 11:09
On February 22, stop by the Warren County Welcome Center in Vicksburg and meet Glenn Taylor and his wife Karen, of Terry, Miss. Tables of relics including weapons, accoutrements, bottles and memorabilia from the Civil War will be on display. Also see authentic period uniforms and antebellum dresses. Free coffee will be served. Warren County Welcome Center, 4201 S. Washington St., Vicksburg, Miss. For more information, call 601.368.4269.