Perspective

Published 4:43 pm Monday, March 10, 2014

Our community is rich with history, art and architecture. The Vicksburg Post has partnered with the Vicksburg Art Association and Vicksburg National Military Park to highlight some of the city’s treasures and encourage our readers to embark on a journey of discovery for themselves.

Each week a clue will be posted in the Monday edition of the paper along with an abstract image of an artifact.

The first correct response with a photo will be revealed in the Post’s Sunday edition along with a brief history of the object or architectural feature.

CLUES:

• Perched on highest hill

• Seen from many vantage points

• Surrounded by hustle and bustle

• Launched a political career

• What am I, and where am I located?

 

ANSWER:

Construction began in the summer of 1858 on what was to be a new Court House for Warren County. The building is perched on one of the highest hills in Vicksburg on land given by the family of the city’s founder, Newitt Vick. On the grounds a local planter, Jefferson Davis, launched his political career.

With the construction of a new Warren County Court House in 1939, the building stood practically vacant and there was talk of its demolition. Mrs. Eva Whitaker Davis, realized the significance of the building and established the Vicksburg and Warren County Historical Society for the purpose of preserving the structure.  The museum is still operated and maintained by the Vicksburg and Warren County Historical Society.

Scan the QR code to email your finds to art@vicksburgpost.com, with a picture of you standing by the object. Be sure to include your name and phone number. Participants play for pride -— not prize.