Live Local: The Grand Magnolia in Pascagoula
It’s time to Live Local, a series you can only catch here on WXXV.
For this week’s edition, News 25’s Lorraine Weiskopf shares with us the history of a well-known establishment on Magnolia Street in Pascagoula.
The Grand Magnolia built in 1894 is now a popular boutique hotel admired by locals and tourists sitting in Pascagoula’s historic downtown district. The Queen Anne style house was built by members of the Krebs family.
It was constructed a few years after the lumber boom of 1891, a peak year for the city when 170 million board feet were cut in the area, making Pascagoula second only to Pensacola in the number of board feet shipped from a gulf port.
The house was a home until 1945 when it was sold to Columbus Club Association and was used as a Knights of Columbus Hall.
It was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina and then bought by the Steiner family and restored to its historical appearance and opened in 2010 as the Grand Magnolia Ballroom and Suites.
The Grand Magnolia is now managed by the Chenoweth family who are thrilled to be able to offer guests a night’s stay in the 127-year-old building. Manager Amy Chenoweth said, “Being able to stay in a unique atmosphere, it’s more of an experience then just a bed to lay your head in.”
At the Grand Magnolia you can rent one of their seven rooms and even have some company. “This is Toffee. He’s the welcoming committee of the entire inn.”
Considering how old the establishment is, you might be relieved to learn the welcoming committee members are fluffy and not ghoulish. “They don’t go inside. We feed them off the side porch so they’re not in the way. We have a koi pond as well and that’s where they get their water. They tend to leave the fish alone so that’s good.”
For about $115 to $140 a night, you can rent a room at the Grand Magnolia.