Welcome to Old Town Bay St. Louis!
Mississippi Gulf Coast
Our authentic character, historic buildings, and friendly folks are just a few of the reasons why Budget Travel Magazine named us one of the "Coolest Small Towns in America" in 2013. And Coastal Living Magazine named Bay St. Louis one of the top ten small beach towns in the country in 2010! Explore Old Town using the menu above - or check out quick links to individual merchants below. Come play for a day, you may want to stay!
The Hancock County Historical Society
108 Cue Street
Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi 39520
To celebrate their Hot Spot status, the Historical Society will be open from 3:30pm - 8pm. They'll be serving refreshments, signing up new members and offering several books and publications for sale!
Historian Charles Gray, who first turned to the Historical Society in 1985 to find out more about his newly purchased historic home, has worked tirelessly with other members to turn the society into a thriving organization.
Together, the group transformed an old, empty cottage at 108 Cue Street into a vibrant headquarters for history lovers, serious researchers, and visitors.
The Kate Lobrano House, an 1896 shotgun cottage in the shadow of the historic courthouse, didn’t have water or electrical service when it was donated to the Historical Society by the family of Katherine Maynard Lobrano, but members worked hard to expand and renovate their new home.
Most of the original house is used as a museum, and a 1,400-square-foot addition to the rear of the building created office and storage space for research, lecture, and social functions including the society’s monthly luncheon meetings.
The building houses an enormous collection of historic photos and documents to help piece together the rich story of Hancock County and its residents. Many of the photos came from New Orleanians who had summer homes in the county. There’s an impressive collection on display on the cottage walls.
And for all of the group’s passion for history, the Historical Society has made sure to take full advantage of modern technology. Thousands of the society’s records, photos and books have been digitized and made available for online research.
In fact, genealogists and historians now recognize the Hancock County Historical Society as having one of the most extensive on-line collections of local historical information in the country. The society serves as steward to 90,000 records of births, deaths and marriages, thousands of photographs and more than 800 books of research. It maintains a growing on-line list of 25,000 local graves – with the directions to find each one.
The society’s newsletter, edited by Eddie Coleman, presents new research on a regular basis. Two volunteers work full-time scanning documents and photographs. Since that digital information is being stored on a “cloud” it’s not vulnerable to time or disaster.
Today, Charles Gray serves as Executive Director, presiding over nearly a thousand members. The office/library at the Lobrano House is open five days a week from 10am – 3pm (closed for lunch 12 – 1pm).
Membership is only $25 a year and includes a printed copy of the newsletter each month. During Second Saturday,
Coolest in the South!
In Budget Travel Magazine's annual contest, Bay St. Louis was chosen as one of the top three Coolest Small Towns in the country for 2013 - and we ranked above other Southern contenders by a long shot. That makes us the Coolest Small Town in the South by our way of thinking and gives us major bragging rights! So start bragging! Here's the link to the whole article. Share it with friends and business associates. To read the article in Budget Travel On-line, click here!