DescriptionPort Gibson was spared destruction when Gen. Ulysses S. Grant marched toward Vicksburg in 1863; legend has it that Grant thought the town tucked into the curve of Bayou Pierre was a setting too beautiful to burn. St. Joseph Catholic Church, 909 Church St., completed in 1851, is a fine example of the Gothic Revival style. The altarpiece, a copy of Peter Paul Rubens' “The Crucifixion,” was the work of noted portraitist Thomas Healy. The Communion rail and seven walnut panels were carved by 17-year-old Daniel Foley, son of the St. Louis contractor who built the church.
Visitor InfoPort Gibson/Claiborne County Chamber of Commerce Tourist Information Center 1601 Church St. PORT GIBSON, MS 39150. Phone:(601)437-4351
Self-guiding toursThree self-guiding tours of the Port Gibson area, designated by color-coded interpretive markers, cover Civil War battlefields, the Grand Gulf area and the ruins of Windsor, in nearby Lorman . Brochures are available at the tourist information center at 1601 Church St.
Things to SeeFirst Presbyterian Church