Tomorrow, you’ll be able to enjoy 23 different places along the Coast that have been revived after Hurricane Katrina as part of the Mississippi Heritage Trusts “Save My Place” preservation tour. Executive Director Lolly Barnes said, “It is a big open house, Coast wide, so I hope somebody will be able to make it to 23 sites in four hours, but you might not be able to. Just come and go and meet the folks who made preservation happen and who are working on restoration efforts.”
With historic places like the Shaw Homestead in Pearl River and Mary Mahoney’s in Biloxi, the preservation trail is sure to be a trip down memory lane. “Like our beautiful lighthouse here in Biloxi, it’s one of the things that defines us as Biloxi. So, we’re just very proud that these places were saved and now is the time to thank people who made that tremendous effort and commitment to save them,” said Barnes.
Twelve Oaks in Ocean Springs is one of the many stops on the tour. The property was a popular spot back in the 1800s for meetings and revivals for the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Becky Ginn, development director for the Land Trust of the Mississippi Coastal Plain, said, “It’s about a heritage. The black church is there, you can still see part of the church. It’s part of the building we have now. It’s great for trails and you can take your families there.”
Each guest will receive a ‘Save My Place’ journal as a memento and a commemorative postcard at each site they visit. “Each location will have a guide there and will be able to talk to you about what they went through after Katrina. I think it’s important for us to know that and not to forget it because through grants and volunteers we were able to build these places back and now we have them forever,” said Ginn.
Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased online at www.savemyplacems.com. They can also be purchased at the Biloxi Visitors Center, Randolph School and La Pointe-Krebs House the day of the tour.