In 1971, because the importance of Ocean Springs in the early history of the French territory had become clouded with time, a group of dedicated citizens formed the 1699 Historical Committee. In addition to promoting the heritage of the region, the primary project of this Committee was to build a replica of Fort Maurepas on Front Beach. Completed in the early 1980s, the Fort was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Today, the site is home to the new Fort Maurepas Park on Front Beach 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 1699 Historical Society meets on the first Monday of each month.