History draws tourists to city for Labor Day

Published 11:23 am Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Vicksburg’s history was a boost for tourism during the Labor Day Weekend with visitors from across the U.S. making their way to the River City.

“We had more than a 100 visitors that came through the museum on Saturday,” staff member of the Old Court House Museum Jordan Rushing said.

He said he was expecting an even larger turn out on Monday.

Email newsletter signup

Sign up for The Vicksburg Post's free newsletters

Check which newsletters you would like to receive
  • Vicksburg News: Sent daily at 5 am
  • Vicksburg Sports: Sent daily at 10 am
  • Vicksburg Living: Sent on 15th of each month

“Holidays are always busy at the Old Court House with families trying to find something to do with their children when school is out,” he said.

Rushing added that not only had the Labor Day weekend been busy at the Old Court House Museum, but also so far this year activity has been on the rise.

“This year has been fantastic,” Rushing said, attributing their busyness to the riverboats.

“They have been coming to town and bringing tourist up to the museum,” Rushing said.

Jim and Mary Shepherd from Ruston, La. were making their way through the Old Court House Museum, on Sunday.

“We just decided to get in our motor home and tour the park and eat at some of the restaurants and tour the museums,” Jim Shepherd said.

“The history of Vicksburg is really fabulous,” Mary Shepherd said.

Kristen Wilson, a visitor from Phoenix Ariz. said she had visited the Old Court House Museum prior to Sunday’s visit, but she and her husband, who were Civil War historians wanted to return.

“I’ve been before and came back because I love it so much. Its history is the finest period information I’ve seen in my life,” Wilson said.

The VNMP was also seeing its fair share of out-of-towners during the holiday weekend.

Eryn Ford and her family had driven over from Jackson for a day-trip.

“This is something fun and it’s history,” she said.

Doug and Kim Tyler had come from Little Rock Ark. to visit the VNMP.

“We have never been here before and wanted to visit for the history and heritage,” Doug Tyler said.

Heading north from New Orleans, Virginians David and Carol Rickerson had also stopped to visit the VNMP.

“We are on a vacation where ever the wind takes us,” David Rickerson said, “and just had to stop in Vicksburg.”

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

email author More by Terri Cowart