Memorial Day Weekend Concert Information
VNMP is hosting 3 outdoor concerts at the Clay Street Visitor Center, May 24, 25, & 26. The VC parking lot will close at 5:00pm those days and NO on-site parking will be allowed. Click 'More' for detailed parking information. More »
Things To Do
The VISITOR CENTER offers general and historical information services, orientation film, exhibits on various topics of the Civil War period, bookstore, restroom facilities, and regional (city/county) information.
The USS CAIRO MUSEUM AND GUNBOAT offers general and historical information services, exhibits on naval operations of the Civil War, bookstore, restroom facilities, and picnic area. Artifacts on display are a time capsule of life aboard an ironclad gunboat. Sailors' personal possessions, cookware, medical supplies, and weaponry are featured. A six-minute video explains the sinking, discovery, and salvage operations of the gunboat.
Three DETACHED UNITS include the riverfront batteries at Navy Circle, South Fort, and Louisiana Circle. Across the Mississippi River is the last remaining section of Grant's Canal, where Union forces attempted to bypass Vicksburg by digging a channel through DeSoto Point. Exhibits include an historic state highway marker, bronze tablet and wayside exhibits on Williams Canal, Grant's Canal, and Black Troops at Milliken's Bend, and the Connecticut State Monument, dedicated in 2008.
PEMBERTON'S HEADQUARTERS is located in historic downtown Vicksburg, commemorating the Confederate commander's operations center during the siege of Vicksburg.
HERITAGE GARDEN - Located on Pemberton Avenue approximately one mile from the park's main entrance, the Heritage Garden was established to provide an outdoor classroom, available for school groups as well as adult education classes year-round. Funded through the National Park Service Parks as Classrooms® program, the Heritage Garden is based on the typical Victorian-era kitchen garden, flower beds, and traditional commodities grown on 19th-century southern farms.
A 16-mile TOUR ROAD parallels Union siege and Confederate defensive lines, with three interconnecting roadways, 15 designated Tour Stops, wayside markers and exhibits, short spur trails to points of interest, and several Boy Scout hiking trails including, a primitive 12-mile compass trail, and 7- and 14-mile treks that follow the park tour road.
Did You Know?
There are at least three known Confederates buried in Vicksburg National Cemetery, two of whom have graves designated by Confederate headstones.