Wednesday, October 1 - We took a tour of Bay St. Louis this afternoon, and they even paid us! Yep, the Tourist Board received a grant from BP (oil spill settlement money), and all we had to do is show our driver license that we were from out of town, and we received $10/each to spend in most of the local stores and restaurants. The gal at the Visitor's Center liked us so well, she actually gave us $20 each! So we're heading to Tony's Seafood Restaurant for dinner tonight. Dinner out is an unusual treat for us. Thanks BSL!
Bay St. Louis is attempting to rebuild tourism after the BP oil spill and Katrina. It was practically wiped-out by Katrina. The good news about that is everything is new! There's tons of dollars being spent here.
The walking tour begins on the corner of Beech Blvd. and Main Street. There are over 24 stops along the way at historic buildings and eclectic little shops. Some of the places we saw were the Main Street United Methodist Church built in 1895 an outstanding example of Carpenter Gothic Architecture. A style in which craftsmen attempted to replicate stone carvings by using intricate woodworking techniques.
We strolled by the Louis Piernas House where the first black postmaster in Mississippi lived.
We jumped the RR tracks to see the Depot built in 1928, now serving as the Visitor's Center.
Across the street is the Brothers of the Sacred Heart cemetery. A Cemetery exclusively for the Brothers that served at St. Stanislaus College, the oldest educational institution on the Gulf Coast.
Back across the RR tracks, we found the Cedar Rest Cemetery with graves dating from the 1820's. Interestingly, each Halloween the cemetery attracts hundreds of visitors for a unique tour where descendants of those buried here perform reenactments of their ancestors. The lady at the Visitor's Center described it “as if the buried descendants came back to life.” This isn't intended to be a scary thing, but rather a historical reenactment. Cool!
This is only a very small taste of the walking tour of Bay St. Louis. By the way, Tony’s was delicious. Paul had the seafood platter, grilled, and Marsha had the Gumbo. Both were excellent!
We want to share just a few snapshots of our beach time here at the Casino. Again, we had the beach all to ourselves.
When Marsha was doing some research about Bay St. Louis, she ran across this…Bay Saint Louis' newest resident: An American Bald Eagle. She said wouldn’t it be cool to see that awesome sight. Well, guess what. She was talking to her dad on the phone and stopped and yelled…It’s the Eagle. We saw it fly right over our 5th wheel into a tree about 50 yards behind us. What a treat.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day.