Hancock Tourism has created a new digital brochure to enhance your Hancock County experience. And you can access the entire brochure right in our story!
- by Wendy Sullivan
From the indigenous people of the Choctaw and Muskhogean tribes to French, African American and other peoples, to pirates and sheep farmers, the county is rich with history. The new brochure presents highlights in an easily accessed and beautifully designed format.
Short vignettes with vintage photos present a glimpse into earlier times of resilience, hardships, progress and change. This brochure arrives in time to satisfy the additional curiosity about the local history fueled by the recent “Crossroads: Changes in Rural America” exhibit at Waveland’s Lili Stahler-Murphy Ground Zero Museum.
Funded by grants from the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area (MGCNHA), creation of the brochure was a three-part process, according to Hancock Tourism director Myrna Green.
The project was initially sparked by the current historical exhibit in the Tourism Welcome Center in Bay St. Louis’s depot. Hancock Tourism wrote and was awarded the MGCNHA grant so that Tourism staffers Susan Duffy and Debbie Stanford could become more knowledgeable about the county’s history.
A second grant allowed Stanford to continue research with the intent of a history-focused brochure for Hancock County, along the lines of the popular Old Town Walking and Biking Tour.
“The further we got into the project, the more we realized that a smaller brochure wouldn’t tell the story we wanted to tell,” says Green. “Especially since the name of the grant was ‘History and Heritage, Relive and Remember.’ We also realized that going digital would give us a much wider audience.”
The project was more than a year in the works. Stanford came up with the brochure’s theme, “Do you know…” Green credits the Ad Group team in Biloxi for the attractive layout and design of the finished product.
“We knew all along that we had great content,” Green says. “But when we saw the final draft we were blown away. It was far better than any of our tourism team or board could have imagined. We love it!”
A few of favorite nuggets from the brochure:
In 1878, the Ulman Woolen Mills opened to produce wool fabric in their factory. According to an article in the Clarion Ledger in1879, “These goods… were covered with blue ribbons at the late Fair at New Orleans and were particularly admired by the ladies.” It continued, “That such articles… so full of merit and beauty… could be made here on Southern soil… on the Gulf shore, seemed astonishing to all who learned the fact.”
This list could go on, as the 36-page brochure is brimming with additional exciting history about the county such as the Kiln Turpentine Factory, Navy Seals in the county, town developments, mineral springs, vineyards, and a county link to Napoleon. Whether armchair touring or using the brochure to explore the county, this publication has something for everyone.
The brochure is in a digital format and available on the Hancock Tourism website. Of course, you’ll also find it in the Shoofly Magazine, on our “Maps and Tours” page (or click the cover near the top of this article).
Green says it will be available on the Mississippi Heritage website and the website of any other organization who wants to help get the word out about Hancock County’s rich history.
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