Coast - Mississippi
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.
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).
and Seafood Industry Museum
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. 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 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 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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