Downtown Vicksburg’s Bazsinsky House earns award from Tripadvisor

Published 9:54 pm Friday, November 6, 2020

A local bed and breakfast has been recognized by Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel platform.

Bazsinsky House owners Andrew Dawson and David Mitchell recently learned they received the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice 2020 award.

The award is presented to hotels — or in this case, a B&B — that rate in the top 10 percent worldwide.

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“It was a shock,” Dawson said of receiving the news. “We really just didn’t know how to handle it. There are just so many wonderful places in Vicksburg and the world, and we don’t believe in competition, so we were in shock and humbled.”

Located at 1022 Monroe St., the Bazsinsky House was built by Joseph Bazsinsky. While the specifics of the home’s history vary from two separate accounts, one from a written family history and the other from researched accounts, both conclude Bazsinsky built the home as a townhouse for his large Jewish family, which was originally from Prussia. The family remained in the home for four generations until the early part of the 21st century.

Dawson and Mitchell bought the home in 2006 to ensure it would remain part of Vicksburg’s history.

And, in 2009 after the home was restored, Dawson and Mitchell opened it up to the public.

While Dawson could not calculate the number of guests who have stayed at Bazsinsky House over the course of its more than 10 years of operation, he did say last year he had guests representing 23 different countries.

“The bulk of our guests in the past have been international visitors,” Dawson said.

After the COVID-19 pandemic hit, he said, there were cancellations from the foreign visitors, who tend to book early.

However, the men have managed to continue their business with “American” guests.

The Bazsinsky House offers two guest bedrooms and all visitors are treated to a full-scale Southern breakfast.

In addition to the Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice 2020, for the past seven consecutive years, Bazsinsky House was also a Certificate of Excellence winner.

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.’

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