. . . 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. . .
THANK YOU TO OUR 2019 SPONSORS:
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
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
For sponsorship call Stopher Haug (228) 627-8585 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Where: Fort Maurepas
When: Registration 10:00; show and parade at 11:00
Native American Peace Pole and Fire Ceremony
Where: Fort Maurepas Park
Where: Ocean Springs Yacht Club; Front Beach
1699 Landing Reenactment
Where: Front Beach/Fort Maurepas
Entertainment Begins at 10:00
Reenactment Begins at 1:00
Festivities Conclude at 3:00