Shared History - October 2015
BSL's Historic Tour Goes Mobile!
The popular Walking/Biking tour of historic Bay St. Louis has been updated and is now available for free all over Old Town. And it's now available in a mobile version, so it's even easier to use and share!
- story and photos by Ellis Anderson
“One reason people love it so much is that the tour is completely customizable,” says Jane Byrne, with the Hancock Tourism Bureau. “They might go to the Old City Hall [one of the tour’s highlights] and end up having lunch at the restaurant in the building. Or they might start in the Depot District, and spend time in the Alice Moseley Museum.”
Byrne explains that the brochure has been a favorite souvenir item for years. Often, she meets people who bring it back on return visits and pick up the tour where they left off. They also pass the brochure along to friends and family members who are considering visits to the Bay.
The brochure was first produced in 2008 by an unofficial coalition of community groups and local businesses, and Hancock County Tourism is now producing updates and reprints. The brochures are given out at the I-10 Welcome Center, the Visitors’ Welcome Center at the Depot (another of the tour’s highlights) and at various merchant and restaurant locations throughout Old Town.
In October, the third print edition will be available. A new digital version is available too, making the tour easy to take along on tablets and smart-phones. The digital tour is currently available in the Cleaver’s Resource section on the “Maps and Tours” page. It’s also available on the Old Town Bay St. Louis website, courtesy of the Old Town Merchants Association. Look for it soon on additional civic websites (if you’d like to “host” the tour on your organization or business website, contact Hancock Tourism at 228.467.2275).
Locals are encouraged to share the links with friends and business associates by email or on Facebook. Jane Byrne points out that locals enjoy the tour at least as much as visitors.
“Even people who grew up here in town learn things when they take the tour,” says Byrne. “And it’s a fun thing for them to share with kids and grandchildren.”
Golf Carts are also a fun way to explore the Historic Tour. Four- and six-passenger golf carts and bicycles can be rented at Court Street, right around the corner from the official start of the tour! Call 228.363.1290 for details and reservations.
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