Ours is a place of history. The Spanish and French explored this land preceded by Native Americans who lived here for thousands of years. A drive here reveals stunning homes that have survived the ravages of disaster, downtowns whose history is being reinvented each day. Lighthouses here shine as beacons to our past and optimism about our future. Across our communities we revel in sharing our history in an array museums and historic sites.

Take a step back in time when you visit one of Mississippi’s historic homes. Many historical establishments in the state’s six lower counties are of national significance, hosting artifacts that tell of monumental times in human history.

The Gulf Coast Heritage Area has the past that stretches back more than 10,000 years. It was around this time that local Native American tribes began to settle here. The Gulf Coast Heritage area is filled with many local museums that help us remember who we are. From the earliest Native American tribes to today, history buffs everywhere can enjoy learning about our incredibly diverse history and heritage.

Each South Mississippi County has a personality all its own. Each county has its own history, heritage, and story to tell. The people that live in this region of Mississippi want to help tell those stories. Explore each county to help you plan your upcoming visit to Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Heritage Area.

Visitors to Mississippi’s Gulf can visit historic sites that provide a window into the past. Walk in the footsteps of people long past, with endless stories and legends to explore. People from all over the country have traveled to South Mississippi to experience historic graveyards, military forts, and civil rights landmarks. When we learn something new about how our ancestors lived, we then learn something new about ourselves.

If you would like the opportunity to have your business featured as one of MS Heritage Area’s assets and your business belongs to one of Mississippi’s lower six counties, complete and submit the form found in this link.