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1699 Historical Society

Weekend of Discovery, April 27-28 in Ocean Springs, MS

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About 1699

 
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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.  

 
 
 

History

 
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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. . . 

 
 
 

Sponsors

 
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THANK YOU TO OUR 2018 SPONSORS:



Gold Bienville Sponsorship

Jackson County Board of Supervisors

BancorpSouth

City of Ocean Springs

The Ocean Springs Gazette

The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce

Platinum d'Iberville Sponsorship

Blossman Propane Gas and Appliance

Rex Distributing

Crooked Letter Brewery

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

Run-N-Tri

Silver Fort Maurepas Sponsorship

Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Homes

Charter Bank

Haug & Farrar, PLLC

Hancock Bank

Jamie R. Dent, CPA, LLC

Merchants & Marine Bank

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint

The Ocean Springs Record

The Sun-Herald

Mississippi Press

For 2017 sponsorship call Stopher Haug (228) 627-8585 or e-mail stopherhaug@gmail.com

 
 
 

Schedule

 
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Friday, April 27, 2018

1699 Kickoff Reception
Join the landing party at the Ocean Springs Community Center downtown (next to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art) and learn about the history of this wonderful event.  The Landing participants will be presented as well as historical artifacts provided by the Ocean Springs Museum of History.  Music is by Caution Swing Bridge and food will be provided by Broomes Catering.  The event is open to the public and contributions to 1699 and the Ocean Springs Museum of History are appreciated.  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Race to Discovery: 5K run/walk and 1-mile free kids' fun run!  Register Here.
(in partnership with Junior Auxiliary "Fit for Life" Program)
Fort Maurepas Park, Front Beach
5K run/walk begins at 8:15 a.m.
1 mile free kids run/walk begins at 9:00
  
Discovery Regatta! Day 1!
Ocean Springs Yacht Club/Front Beach/Fort Maurepas- 10:00 a.m.
Cont. Sunday, April 30, 2018 Discovery Regatta DAY 2! 11:00 a.m.
 
Children’s Pet Parade!
All ages, all pets welcome to attend and participate
Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. at Little Children's Park, Washington Avenue
Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. and travels to Marshall Park.
  
Lunch and Awards Presentation with Landing Participants!
Ocean Springs Yacht Club
12:00 p.m.
 
The Landing of d’Iberville--Full Dress Reenactment!!
Fort Maurepas Park, Front Beach
Festivities begin at 3:00 p.m.- Landing reenactment to begin at 4:00 p.m.
 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Discovery Regatta (Day 2 of 2)
Ocean Springs Yacht Club/Front Beach/Fort Maurepas
11:00 a.m.