Be A Tourist in Your Own Community, part V
Over the past few months the Hancock County Tourism Bureau has been highlighting our communities and some of the unique activities for visitors and also locals. This month we feature our final town, Bay St. Louis.
- photography by Ellis Anderson
The Bay of St. Louis was named in 1699 by the explorer Bienville because his expedition came upon the bay on the feast day of St. Louis. The town itself, originally a village called Shieldsboro, took on the name of Bay St. Louis eventually and became the county seat of Hancock County.
The Bay, as it’s called by locals, is known for its quaint style and hometown feel that many say brings the fictional town of Mayberry to mind. But Bay St. Louis has many other sides to its appeal. It has been voted in recent years among the top Coolest Small Towns and Charming Small Towns in the U.S. as well as the Best Small Art Community. Below, you'll find some of the reasons Bay St. Louis has earned those and other honors.
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