The mission of the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area is to promote understanding of and to conserve and enhance the heritage resources of the six counties of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Mississippi Gulf Coast NHA tells the area's nationally significant story to residents and visitors through activities and partnerships that celebrate the area's unique history, people, traditions, and landscapes. It also provides connectivity among the Mississippi Gulf Coast's many heritage resources, serving as a source of pride and identity for residents who are stakeholders in this conservation effort. These resources provide heritage tourists with authentic experiences reflective of the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area. The residents benefit from increased awareness and appreciation of their environment, history, culture, traditions and lifestyles. The economic effects of heritage tourism benefit the entire region and support the long-term enhancement and conservation of those qualities that make the Mississippi Gulf Coast unique.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast is a culturally, historically, and environmentally distinctive region where many chapters in the national story have been written. The bounties of the Mississippi Gulf Coast's natural resources have brought people to this area from all over the world. The modern culture of the Coast consists of a multi-ethnic gumbo of people and traditions.
This NHA contains the following sites:
- Beauvoir, The Last Home of Jefferson Davis
- Biloxi Lighthouse Historic Place
- French Colonial Cemetery
- Gulf Coast Blueways Trail
- Charnley-Norwood House
- Historic L&N Train Depot Bay St. Louis
- The Crosby Arboretum
- Walter Anderson Museum of Art