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Gulf Coast - Mississippi

Each room is restored to display life in the 1850s Tullis-Toledano Manor

This Greek Revival house on Hwy 90 was unfortunately destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. It was built as a wedding present in 1856 by Christoval Toledano, a New Orleans cotton broker, for his bride Matilde.

Many coastal animals can be viewed in the aquariumJ.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium
Located along Beach Boulevard, the center houses 48 fresh and salt water aquariums, with educational exhibits of coastal animal life. Be sure to see the large Gulf of Mexico tank, which houses sharks, eels, sea turtles, etc. Exhibits include a display of 900 seashells. Hours are from 9:00 - 4:00, Monday through Saturday, $4 for Adults, $3.50 for Seniors, $2.50 Children (pricing subject to change).

Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum
The Seafood Museum is loaded with memorabilia

This museum was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Here are some photos of exhibits from our earlier visit to the museum.

The fresnel lens from the original Ship Island lighthouse
The fresnel lens from the original Ship Island Lighthouse. Plans are to restore it after being damaged from Hurricane Katrina.

Wood schooners, long a tradition for oystering and shrimping since 1699, were used until about 1937 when replaced by powered boats. Several shrimper boats were first built here in Biloxi, including the wooden double rig lugger and steel hull shrimp boats.

The fine art of boat-making is fascinatingWithin the museum itself, you could see how these majestic wooden boats were crafted. The evolution of local seafood canning and processing was highlighted through exhibits and photographs, including the role of European immigrants in furthering the trade.

Be sure to visit
the museum's schooners from a pier on east beach in Biloxi. These are authentic replicas of two Biloxi oyster schooners, the "Glenn L. Swetman" and the "Mike Sekul". Measuring 68 feet in length, each are two masted gaff-rigged wooden schooners. the Gulf again.
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Ship Island
Ship Island has picturesque beaches, nature trails, and the historic Fort Massachusetts, which was used for coastal defense and during the Civil War. Ship Island did have a renovated lighthouse, but it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. which appears as it did prior to being burned by vandals in 1972. Another lighthouse in the area which was destroyed is Round Island Lighthouse. There are plans for it to be rebuilt.

This is much more to see and do, and we plan to feature more on our next visit to the beautiful Gulf Coast.

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