Day 1: Check in to your hotel or bed and breakfast and start searching for that peace you have been dreaming of. Head to Washington Street in Historic Downtown Vicksburg and start your journey. Start with a coffee from Highway 61 Coffeehouse and then step upstairs to the oldest independently owned art gallery in Mississippi, the Attic Gallery. At the Attic Gallery you will find original pieces by Vicksburg native Kennith Humphrey, tons of folk art by area artists and much more. Make sure to save some time to talk with gallery owner Lesley Silver for an enlightened morning. Walk down the street to H.C. Porter Gallery to see original artwork by Chris Porter. Porter’s artwork is a mixed media style that is loaded with color and a must see for any art enthusiast. If you are a blues lover you might want to save some space for your own original piece from the Blues @ Home project.
Take a little time out to grab lunch at one of our locally-owned restaurants. After lunch head to Petersons Arts and Antiques to peruse and find the piece you have been searching for. Make sure to stop by the Open Market for more antiquing adventures. All this antiquing will work up an appetite so go have a fabulous dinner and rest up for exploring the next day.
Day 2: No art lover can leave Vicksburg without a tour of the Vicksburg National Military Park. Make sure to tell your guide you want the Art of Commemoration Tour. This tour will point out the beauty of the monuments that grace the Vicksburg National Military Park by telling you about the artists and styles. The VNMP is known as the premier outdoor art park of the South with artwork valued between 4 and 5 billion dollars.
After touring the park make sure to take a Historic City Tour to see all the beautiful architecture in Vicksburg. Stop for lunch at one of our hometown staples like the Tomato Place or Rusty’s Riverfront Grill for some local flavor.
Make sure to take some time to view the Vicksburg Riverfront Murals for a quick history lesson. The murals run left to right in chronological order and depict the history of Vicksburg. After viewing the murals head over to Levee Street Marketplace for more fantastic finds from antiques to locally made treats. You will need to make sure to have trunk space for this trip!