About 1699

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.

Past Portrayers of D'Iberville

1995 - Kirk Fordice, Jr. 

1996 - Gene Taylor

1997 - John F. Vallor 

1998 - Ronnie Musgrove

1999 - Graham Somerville

2000 - Jeffrey H. O'Keefe

2001 - Marco St. John

2002 - No Celebration

2003 - Hank Zuber

2004 - Jerry St. Pe'

2005 - Tommy Gollott

2006 - 2007 - No Celebration (Hurricane Katrina)

2008 - Strawford Hale Dees III

2009 - Alwyn Hall Luckey

2010 - Phil Bryant

2011 - Steve Renfroe

2012:  Hon. Gaston “Chuck” Bordis IV

2013:  Mr. Fred Moran

2014:  Hon. D. Neil Harris, Sr.

2015: Mr.  W. Ellis Branch

2016:  Mr. David Reynolds

2017:  Dr. Robert Hirsch

 

1939, 1949 and 1952 - Alfred P. 'Fred' Moran

1974 - Orey A. Young

1975 - William F. Dale, Jr.

1976 - Heber Ladner

1977 - Cliff Finch

1978 - C.B. 'Buddie' Newman

1979 - Marby R. Penton

1980 - Trent Lott

1981 - Hubert de Germiny

1982 - Brad Dye

1983 - Charles J. Lippian

1984 - Colonel Stuart A. Roosa

1985 - Dick Molpus

1986 - Bob Joiner

1987 - Charles Blalock

1988 - Marshall Bennett

1989 - Mike Moore

1990 - Thad Cochran

1991 - Joseph Martin

1992 - Clarence Hamilton

1993 - Larry Kryske

1994 - Carroll L. Cliffiord III

Promotional Video

1699 Historical Society Landing of D'Iberville Celebration, Saturday, April 30, 2016 Fort Maurepas Park, Ocean Springs.