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1699 Historical Society

Weekend of Discovery, April 26-27 in Ocean Springs, MS


About 1699


In 1971...

. . . a group of dedicated citizens formed the 1699 Historical Committee to bring attention to and preserve Ocean Springs' role in the early history of the French territory.  In addition to preserving and promoting the heritage of the region, the Committee promised to build a replica of Fort Maurepas on Front Beach.  Completed in the early 80's, the Fort was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Today, the site is home to the current Fort Maurepas Park that is enjoyed by thousands year round in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

In 2009, the 1699 Historical Committee underwent a major structural reorganization designed to reflect the broad scope of its mission - to preserve and celebrate the unique culture and history of Ocean Springs and the surrounding Gulf Coast. This is an exciting time, and everyone is invited to join and become a part of the celebration!

The purpose of the 1699 Historical Society (formerly Committee) is to preserve and celebrate the unique culture and history of Ocean Springs and the surrounding Gulf Coast. Every April, the Society stages a dramatic and colorful reenactment of the historic landing of Monsieur d’Iberville and his party on our shores.

Please join us in celebrating our heritage during the reenactment of the Landing of d’Iberville and for activities throughout the year. The scheduled events are listed below.  




Pierre LeMoyne Sieur d’Iberville

Commissioned by his royal majesty King Louis XIV of France, explorer Pierre LeMoyne Sieur d’Iberville sailed into Biloxi Bay in April of 1699.  Monsieur d’Iberville and his expedition party reconnoitered the shores of the upper Gulf of Mexico and located Ship Island before identifying a high, defendable bluff located in present-day Ocean Springs, Mississippi. . . 






Gold Bienville Sponsorship

Jackson County Board of Supervisors


City of Ocean Springs

The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce

Platinum d'Iberville Sponsorship

Blossman Propane Gas and Appliance

Bronze Sails Sponsorship

Bienville Animal Medical Center

Biloxi/Oceam Springs Junior Auxiliary

Blossman YMCA

Chester Harvey Realtors

Ocean Springs Sailing Squadron

Ocean Springs Yacht Club

Silver Fort Maurepas Sponsorship

Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Homes

Haug & Farrar, PLLC

Jamie R. Dent, CPA, LLC

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint

The Sun-Herald

Mississippi Press


For sponsorship call Stopher Haug (228) 627-8585 or e-mail stopherhaug@gmail.com




Friday, April 26, 2019

1699 Kickoff Reception

  • Where: Ocean Springs Community Center Downtown

  • When: 5-10 p.m.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Race of Discovery and Kids Run

  • Where: Fort Maurepas; Front Beach Drive to Bridge

  • When: 5K registration at 7:00; race at 8:00. Kids Fun Run begins at 8:45. Register Here!

Pet Parade/Show

  • Where: Fort Maurepas

  • When: Registration 10:00; show and parade at 11:00

Native American Peace Pole and Fire Ceremony

  • Where: Fort Maurepas Park

  • When: 12:00

Regatta (OSYC)

  • Where: Ocean Springs Yacht Club; Front Beach

  • When: 10:00

1699 Landing Reenactment

  • Where: Front Beach/Fort Maurepas

  • When:

    • Entertainment Begins at 10:00

    • Reenactment Begins at 1:00

    • Festivities Conclude at 3:00