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If it is an hour or several days, let us plan your visit to Vicksburg. Vicksburg Old Town Tours offers many different types of tours for your specific individual or group needs. Our knowledge of the town and its people will give you an unforgettable experience. Our tours can be designed for your specific interests. From museums to food, cultures to events, we can provide you with the best options to make your visit the most enjoyable. Just let us know your interests and we will take care of the rest.
The Antebellum Experience
The tour focuses on Vicksburg's oldest historic neighborhood, stopping first at Christ Episcopal Church with its Tiffany stained glass windows to hear stories of those who experienced the 47-day siege.
As the tour continues with a short downhill walk, you can experience the "melting pot" of America as viewed through the architectural influences of the neighborhood. You will receive a dose of Southern charm from the locals you meet along the way.
Finally, tour one of the neighborhood's most historic antebellum mansions where the owners, 5th and 6th generation Mississippians, will guide you through its remarkable history. See the scars of the War embedded in walls and floors as you walk through the opulent interiors and enjoy refreshments.
Rev. Sam Godfrey rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Harley Caldwell owner of Duff Green, Bertram and Carol Hayes-Davis owners of Vicksburg Old Town Tours, and Tom Pharr owner of Anchuca.
Christ Episcopal Church, ca. 1842-70
The historical marker in front of Christ Episcopal Church tells that during the siege of Vicksburg, the Rev. W. W. Lord conducted daily services here at the church. It was a place that people could find, at least for a short time, in all the turmoil of that time, maybe a sense of peace, some degree of the sanctuary, and maybe for a time were not afraid.
Wahl-Schaffer Cottages, ca. 1830-1878
The Wahl-Schaffer Cottages serve as a reminder – good things are found in small packages. The Schaffer Cottage, built in the early 1870's, is an example of a Victorian cottage in the style of the Vicksburg shotgun. Adjacent to the Shaffer Cottage is the Wahl Cottage, a Greek Revival Cottage from the Federal Period.
Duff Green Mansion, ca. 1856
Built in 1856 by a local cotton broker for his bride, the mansion was built for entertaining in the grand antebellum lifestyle. That life was short lived by the Green family when War reached Vicksburg in 1863. Duff Green is credited with saving his neighborhood, including adjoining Christ Episcopal Church, by designating the home as a hospital for both Union and Confederate soldiers.
Anchuca Mansion, ca. 1830
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this impressive Greek Revival landmark represents the first columned mansion in Vicksburg. Tour Anchuca with its present owner, a sixth-generation Mississippian. Stand where Jefferson Davis gave his speech and see where a cannonball landed in the parlor.
The Jefferson Davis Experience
Bertram Hayes-Davis and his wife, Carol share the life of Jefferson Davis in a comfortable setting with a personal touch. You will join them for an informal get-together with Southern hospitality as Bertram reflects on his great-great-grandfather. His personal knowledge from many years of exploring his ancestor provides the guests with a first-hand viewpoint of Jefferson Davis. You will feel welcomed as part of the family as you join us in this exclusive intimate gathering.
Vicksburg Old Town Tours offers many different types of tours for your group needs. These tours can be designed around your specific interests. Whether you are here for a few days or just a few hours, we can provide a tour for your group.
Vicksburg Old Town Tours offers a three-night four day tour of Vicksburg. This tour includes a series of informative lectures by Bertram Hayes-Davis. This all-inclusive tour includes visits to museums, restaurants and local history. From the antebellum to the present day, we will lead you through Vicksburg’s illustrious story. Come along as history comes alive as you walk on the historic neighborhood’s brick streets.