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Only building left by Union soldiers after they destroyed the Amite Female Seminary. Contains a general history of Amite County.
Where the Mississippi legislature met during the Civil War, after the city of Jackson fell to Union forces.
Tours are one and half to two hours through one of the most Historic Districts in the city where you will learn about the history of approximately 35 homes and establishments during your walk.
This treasured two-story Gothic Revival/Tutor building has been a center of activity since 1927 when the school first opened its doors. It is the home of the NFM as it serves the Mississippi-Louisiana (Miss-Lou) area as the primary venue for world-class performances in southwest Mississippi and the eastern region of central Louisiana. MMPAC is also home to the Natchez Ballet Academy, the Natchez Gymnastics Association, and the Natchez Art Association. Seating capacity in the Blackburn Theater at MMPAC is about 650.
The present Marion County Courthouse was constructed in 1905 and is in the center of Columbia. Masons of St. Alban's Lodge laid the cornerstones of the Courthouse and of the first brick Columbia High School on the same day in 1905. Previous to 1905, the original wood frame courthouse, dating back to territorial days when Columbia was known as "Lott's Bluff," stood on roughly the same spot. It was this courthouse that was the scene of such notorious events as the Will Purvis hanging, and was also plundered by the Union Army during the winter of 1864.
The Marion County - City of Columbia Museum and Archives is located across from City Hall, on the west end of 2nd Street, in the circa 1907 Gulf & Ship Island passenger depot. The museum currently holds a large collection of Native American artifacts, a Civil War room, as well as displays of early Columbia and local military history.
The sound of the train whistle and the clacking of the rails have long been a part of the atmosphere in Marion County since the railroad was built here in the early 1880's. The Recreational Railroad is now available to ride for field trips, birthday parties, and special events. The train is an exciting and popular attraction for schools, churches, seniors groups, and the general public.
Visitors to Ocean Springs have a wonderful opportunity at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center. The building was once an old schoolhouse but was made into a cultural center complete with classrooms for pottery lessons, woodcarving and oil painting lessons, a music studio and a performing arts stage.
The Mary Jane Lampton Auditorium was built in 1913 on Whitworth College Campus. Serves as a meeting facility as well as part of the Mississippi School of the Arts.
The lodge was formed in 1834 and has served the community continuously since. Its current location was built in 1899.
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