Located about 60 miles southwest of Ridgeland and 40 miles northeast of Natchez along the Parkway, Port Gibson has preserved the timeless heritage of a storied past. Chartered as a town on March 12, 1803, Port Gibson is Mississippi’s third oldest settlement. It was the site of several clashes during the American Civil War and was important during Ulysses S. Grant’s Vicksburg Campaign. Many of Port Gibson’s historic buildings survived the Civil War because Grant believed the city “too beautiful to burn.”
Its lavish 19th Century homes, old storefronts, and battlefields recall the days of plantations and old southern hospitality. Today, you can journey through Port Gibson’s historic district and walking tours of over forty residences, houses of worship, and cemeteries, many dating back to the early 1800’s.
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