Vicksburg, Mississippi, is a great place to visit to learn American history, enjoy educational museums, and check out the wondrous mighty Mississippi River. Situated high on the bluffs, Vicksburg prides itself on its perfect location as a midway point between Memphis and New Orleans, as well as Dallas and Atlanta.
This location made it a focal point during the struggle to unite the nation during the War Between the States. On July 4, 1863, General Ulysses S. Grant and General John Pemberton negotiated Vicksburg’s surrender giving the Union complete control of the Mississippi River and the western part of the United States.
From four world-class casinos to some of the most fascinating historic sites, Vicksburg offers an authentic Southern experience you don’t want to miss. Civil War history is simply part of Vicksburg’s tapestry and can be found throughout the city at historic homes, churches, and museums. Licensed guides are also available for guided tours through the city and the Vicksburg National Military Park.
Be sure to leave some time to eat at one of our signature restaurants and browse our boutiques and antique shops. Vicksburg is home to many noted art galleries, specialty shops and an incredible collection of outdoor art.
Exploring Culture Today in Vicksburg, Mississippi
The Vicksburg National Military Park features commemorative art that was created by leading artists of the last century. The Vicksburg National Military Park features 1,340 monuments that are valued between four and five billion dollars. The Vicksburg Riverfront Murals, along the flood wall at Catfish Row, feature depictions of the city’s history by renowned artist Robert Dafford. Make sure to check out the Wings on Washington murals that are located on the alley walls on Gordon Lane, between Washington and Mulberry Streets.
Vicksburg also boasts a great entertainment scene where you can find live music, karaoke, theater, or a show happening every weekend. Vicksburg is home to six Mississippi Blues Trail markers featuring Willie Dixon, the Red Tops, The Blue Room, Marcus Bottom, Dr. William Ferris, and Highway 61. Live blues music is featured Fridays and Saturdays at different venues throughout the city.
The Vicksburg Theatre Guild and the Westside Theatre Foundation produce seasonal shows at the Parkside Playhouse and the Strand Theatre that include popular hits from Broadway as well as local favorites like Gold in the Hills, the Guinness Book of World Records’ longest running show.
With sweeping views of the Mississippi River, Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. With so much to see and do, make sure to stay a while at one of Vicksburg’s grand bed and breakfast inns or luxurious hotels. Make sure to leave time to catch one of our beautiful sunsets along the river. Just remember—you run on river time when you’re in Vicksburg.
More information on Vicksburg can be found at www.visitvicksburg.com or by calling +1 (800) 221-3536.
- by Veronica Meewes
- by Erin Byers Murray
- by Hannah Lee Leidy