Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Perched high on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, Vicksburg is steeped in history, legends, and architectural landmarks — and I never tire of photographing it.
I am proud to announce that Vicksburg has been selected by This Old House magazine to be included in its fourth annual list of "64 Best Old House Neighborhoods," featured in its April issue. Neighborhoods were chosen based on architectural diversity, history, character and amenities, including summer activities, special events, holiday festivals, restaurants, and projects among residents.
Editors combed the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada for nominees, and Vicksburg's Civil War history, rolling hills, river views, and grand old homes helped land it a spot in the magazine.
The "Best Old House Neighborhoods" list is in a special section in the current issue, and can also be accessed online at This Old House Best Places. The website features photos of one home from each of the 64 places and a description of the neighborhoods. To see what the editors said about Vicksburg, you can click on this link: Vicksburg.
The house featured in the magazine is The Pemberton House, which was built in 1835, and was used by Confederate Gen. John C. Pemberton in 1863 as his headquarters during the 47-day Siege of Vicksburg (these are my pictures).
The architecture of the two-story house is a combination of Greek Revival and Federal-style, both common among Vicksburg’s old homes. In 2003, the National Park Service purchased the home, and The Pemberton House is expected to be open for tours by summer.
Here are a few more of Vicksburg's historical houses and buildings that probably helped cinch its spot on the This Old House list.
George Washington House, ca 1822
According to land records, George Washington Ball, a well-to-do distant cousin of our first president, built this Federal style house.
The Corners, ca 1873
Great Hope Manor, ca 1904
Belle of the Bends, ca 1876
Baer House, ca 1849-1870
Anchuca Mansion, ca 1830
Cedar Grove Mansion, ca 1840
McNutt House, ca 1826
Duff Green Mansion, ca 1856
Annabelle, ca 1868
Balfour House, ca 1835
Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad Station
Sisters of Mercy Convent, ca 1868
Old Court House Museum, ca 1858
Christ Episcopal Church, ca 1830
The Church of the Holy Trinity
These are just a few of the historical houses and buildings in Vicksburg. Several of the houses now serve as bed and breakfast inns, offering southern hospitality at it finest.
If you are planning a trip to the Vicksburg area, I hope you can come during Vicksburg's Tapestry: Spring Pilgrimage celebration, which begins April 1st, and runs through the 30th.
Throughout the month, there will be tours of our historic homes and hallways, with interpretive presentations of Vicksburg's history that bring to life the heritage and culture of this remarkable river city. Some of Vicksburg's most historic properties will tell their stories — from antebellum grandeur, to the Siege of Vicksburg, to the turn of the 20th Century. Together, these stories weave the Tapestry of who and what Vicksburg is today.
Vicksburg's "Spring Pilgrimage" is a perfect time to experience the beauty, history, and southern hospitality of our fair city ... and see for yourself why it was honored by This Old House as one of their "best neighborhoods."
For more information on Tapestry, you can visit:
Monday, March 28, 2011
If you are a regular visitor to Southern Lagniappe, you're probably tired of seeing posts featuring Spring flowers and trees. I apologize for being redundant, but I can't resist capturing our long-awaited Spring in all its glory.
Today, I'm sharing pictures I took over the weekend of my elegant Lady Banks Roses (Rosa banksiae). They line the fence in our long, narrow backyard and their fragrance is absolutely heavenly.
One white plant ...
And one that is a mix of yellow and white blooms ...
Although they are stunning from a distance, when you look at the clusters of flowers up close, they are truly exquisite. They remind me of miniature bridal bouquets — but no florist in the world could ever create such perfection.
The next few days are supposed to be rainy ones here in Vicksburg, but I hope to get out and take some pictures of some of the beautiful old antebellum homes while their Azaleas and Dogwoods are blooming.
Our "Spring Pilgrimage" begins this Friday, and I'll share more about it later.