100 Front Street
Vidalia, LA 71373
Phone: (318) 336-1655
Fax: (318) 336-1657
Arts & Museums
Located in nearby Utica, this unique museum traces the history of the Jewish experience in Mississippi from pre-Civil War Days through the Civil Rights movement and into the modern era. On display, you will find a number of artifacts that demonstrate the challenges faced by Jews in the American South, their lives and their triumphs. A short video presentation chronicles the journey of Jews from the Old Country to America and their acclimation to the culture of the largely agricultural South. The breathtaking exhibit of the work of world-famous photographer Bill Arron alone is worth the short trip to Utica.
Yesterday's Children: An Antique Doll & Toy Museum is a unique museum dedicated to doll and toys enthusiasts. The collection at the museum features over 1,000 dolls from 1843 till date.
Sitting prettily atop a high hill is the Old Court House Museum. Built between 1858 to 1860 by 100 skilled slave artisans, it is considered to be one of the most outstanding courthouses in the country. The entrance is flanked by four colonnade towering to 30 feet (9.14 meters). Jefferson Davis started his political career on its grounds with a speech. He later on became the Confederate President. It became a museum in 1948 after years of neglect. Stroll through its many rooms for a glimpse of history that is exciting and gloomy at times as many exhibits show the ordeal that the Civil War caused on the local people. The Old Court House Museum has a plethora of relics such as Confederate flags, delicate vintage furniture, china, silver, pre-civil war clothing, toys and fine artifacts. There is a gift shop in the museum where you can buy besides reproduced items, authentic historic coins, shell fragments and more as mementos.
The USS Cairo Gunboat and Museum is an 1861 ironclad that sunk in 1862. This massive gunboat was long forgotten yet was well preserved underwater with its historical artifacts still intact. It was found in 1956 after a massive search for the lost ship and was raised from the river in the 1960s. It became a museum at the Vicksburg National Military Park. You will find this massive boat, with its cannons, quite fascinating and it also gives an insight into the US naval history.