Tourists offer interesting take on Vicksburg and the American South

Published 7:01 pm Tuesday, November 5, 2019

It’s not often in the small-town American South that you have dinner at a restaurant and overhear a foreign language or accent.

But that’s exactly what happened a couple of weeks ago over dinner at Anchuca.

The table behind my husband and I were speaking in an accent that caught my attention. As my eldest sister married a British man and lives about 30 miles north of London, the familiar and soft English accents bent my ear. It was fun to ask them what part of England they came from and their impressions of our town, what surprised them and what they enjoyed most. The two were music lovers and enjoyed hearing blues at local spots downtown that routinely play music like The Biscuit Company, Cottonwood and 10 South.

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The same has happened at Mainstreet Market and Walnut Hills as tourists peruse our town and stop to enjoy some of our local cafes and eateries in between museum, church, military park and antebellum home tours.

We ran into a German family on another outing whose father is stationed in Vicksburg at ERDC. His wife and 8-year-old son still live in Germany but were in town visiting, and the child quickly took a liking to my husband’s 1985 CJ7 Jeep that originally belonged to his grandfather.

The jeep is missing its doors and has a top and windshield that can be let down, and was fascinating to someone who lives in a country that doesn’t allow vehicles like that to be driven on public roads.

How neat to live in a community that affords its residents the opportunity to be exposed to so many different cultures while still enjoying the charm of small-town life.

 

Catherine Boone Hadaway is publisher of The Vicksburg Post. She can be reached at catherine.hadaway@vicksburgpost.com.

About Catherine Hadaway

Catherine Hadaway, as The Vicksburg Post’s publisher, oversees the business operations of the newspaper. She is a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala. and is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis where she earned bachelor’s degrees in Business and Religion. She is a Director of Boone Newsmedia, Inc., the family company that owns The Post. Catherine comes from a long line of newspaper publishers, starting with her grandfather, Buford Boone, who served as publisher of The Tuscaloosa News and earned journalism's highest honor when he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957 for his editorial titled "What a Price for Peace." Catherine is a member of The Rotary Club of Vicksburg, Junior Auxiliary of Vicksburg, The Heritage Guild, The Sampler Antique Club and The Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Executive Committee.

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