Coast - Mississippi
Biloxi Lighthouse Said
to be the first metal cast iron lighthouse in the South.
Way back in 1867 the first restoration of the lighthouse took place which involved digging underneath the lighthouse
to balance and keep it from falling into the water after a retaining
wall had collapsed. At one point, the lighthouse was painted with
black tar to reduce rust to the outer walls. From
the lighthouse, you can see a clear view of the beach and the fresnel
During the Civil War, the lens was hidden by Confederates to keep
from the Union. For the first ninety-one years, the lighthouse was
operated by civilians.The
65-foot structure was built in 1848 by the Murry & Hazelhurst Vulcan
Works of Baltimore (see photo here) at a price of $12,000.
the long-standing lightkeepers was Maria Younghans, one of several
female operators, who managed it for 53 years. In 1926, electricity
was added to the lighthouse. After managing for twenty-nine years,
the U.S. Coast Guard eventually deeded the property to the city of
inside is lined with bricks which were made locally. The lighthouse
is painted white as it was originally. The lighthouse
is open for tours daily at 10:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday, $2
for Adults, $1 for Seniors and Students
Nearby, along the beach, the White
House Hotel will soon be restored to its' previous glory following damage from Hurricane Katrina. This Spanish
Colonial and Neoclassical Revival style hotel dates to the 1890s.
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Mary Mahoney's Old French
Although we didn't have time
to visit, a treasure is Mary Mahoney's Old French House Restaurant. Built
around 1737, the French architecture of the "Oldest House in Biloxi"
is apparent, with high ceilings, hand hewn cypress columns, and slate
roof. The house includes old slave quarters, kitchen, and even a cellar.
Next to the house is the Patriarch, a live oak tree that dates back over
2,000 years. Enjoy the paintings by Mary Mahoney, the owner, inside, or
take in the gulf breeze under the Patriarch with some Beignets from the
cafe, which is open 24 hours. Numerous other live oaks along the coast
are quite old also, including the Friendship Oak (on the University of
Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast campus) which is over 500 years old,
and the Council Oak (next to the Tullis-Toledano Manor) dating back over
600 years old.
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