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As U.S. Highway 61 enters Port Gibson's southern limit it becomes Church Street, and the beginning of a journey into the historical past. With a good pair of walking shoes and a few hours, you begin this journey with a walking tour of over forty residences, houses of worship and cemeteries, many dating back to the early 1800's.

Along the way, you'll see the Engelson House, site of the oldest formal gardens in Mississippi. First Presbyterian Church, with a gilded sculpted hand atop its steeple is a very familiar site along Church Street, with a special quality indicative of other houses of worship nearby. And, in historic Wintergreen Cemetery, one of three in Port Gibson, you'll see the final resting-places of Port Gibson's late citizens, including Civil War general Earl Van Dorn.

Downtown, with its historic commercial and government structures, offers further opportunities for discovery. No Easy Journey, a permanent exhibit in the William "Matt" Ross Administration Building, chronicles the Civil Rights Movement in Claiborne County. The Allen Collection, exhibited at City Hall, displays photographic images of Port Gibson from 1906 to 1915. You'll also get a chance to visit Country Crossroads and their famed quilts, home to a community group dedicated to helping Claiborne County's youth.

After a busy day in town, you can continue the Port Gibson experience with a stay at one of a number of bed and breakfast inns, like the Bernheimer House or Canemount Plantation on the outskirts of town. After a good night's rest, you'll be ready for more discoveries at Port Gibson's Civil War sites.

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