February 01, 2018
Park Actively Recruiting new Licensed Battlefield Guides
Vicksburg, MS: Do you have a passion for history? Do you want to share your passion with visitors and enrich their understanding of the Civil War? Vicksburg National Military Park is actively recruiting members of the community to become a Licensed Battlefield Guide to help the National Park Service meet the increasing demand for battlefield tours.
January 25, 2018
National Park Service Prepares for Prescribed Fire at Vicksburg National Military Park
Vicksburg, MS: Weather permitting, National Park Service fire managers are preparing for a prescribed fire at Vicksburg National Military Park later this winter. The plan calls for burning 40 acres between Old Graveyard Road, Confederate Avenue, and North Union Avenue. Fuel and weather conditions must be within certain parameters and that will determine the exact dates of the fire.
December 20, 2017
2018 Fee Free Days Announced
The National Park Service has announced four fee-free days for 2018.
November 15, 2017
Navy Circle Closed to Facilitate Erosion Repairs
Navy Circle Closed to Facilitate Erosion Repairs - Navy Circle, off of Washington Street will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic until further notice to facilitate soil erosion repairs next to the circle.
October 24, 2017
Vicksburg, MS: Beginning November 1, 2017, the visitor center at Vicksburg National Military Park will be open from 8:30am- 4:30pm daily. These winter hours will be in effect until April 1, 2018 when the building will be open from 8:00am-5
Change to Winter Hours.
July 20, 2017
Work Begins on Restoring Pemberton’s Headquarters
Vicksburg, MS: One of the most important historical houses in downtown Vicksburg is getting some much needed repairs. Historic preservation efforts are currently underway at Pemberton’s Headquarters to prevent further deterioration of the historic building.
Under the current project, the front porch will receive structural shoring to support the existing structure and prevent the collapse of the second story porch. The current slate roof will be removed and stored while temporary waterproofing material is applied. The park will, at a later date, restore the porch and slate roof along with other exterior and interior preservation treatments.
This stabilization project is planned to last over 10 years until additional planning and funding can result in the full restoration of the historic structure. Once the house is stabilized, the National Park Service hopes to reopen the building to the public on a limited basis. “This is one of the most important sites in the Vicksburg Campaign,” stated Scott Babinowich, Chief of Interpretation. “These repairs are not permanent fixes, but they will give us the opportunity to open the building again to visitors.”
Vicksburg National Military Park and the National Park Service Southeast Regional Office Facility Support Division are overseeing the restoration and ensuring the work follows the guidelines of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
The house was built by William Bobb in 1835-36 and was originally known as “Mrs.Willis’ House.” Confederate General John Pemberton used the house as his headquarters during the 47 day siege of Vicksburg. It is in this house that General Pemberton and his staff decided to surrender to the General Grant and the Union Army on July 4, 1863. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, and was deeded over to the National Park Service in 2003.
May 19, 2017
Park Open During Water Emergency
Vicksburg National Military Park is open having secured limited portable toilets for the visitor center and USS Cairo Museum.
May 12, 2017
Memorial Day 2017 Events Announced
Vicksburg, MS – From May 27th through May 29th, 2017, Vicksburg National Military Park will host several events to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend. All events are open to the public.
May 08, 2017
Living History Recruitment for Summer 2017
Vicksburg National Military Park is recruiting local students, ages 16 and up, who would like to participate as volunteers in the park’s Summer 2017 Living History Program.
May 02, 2017
Vicksburg National Military Park launches Adopt-A-Trail program with National Trails Day Information Session
Vicksburg National Military Park is seeking volunteers to participate in an Adopt-A-Trail Program and will hold an information session and orientation on June 3rd in honor of National Trails Day.
April 20, 2017
Tourism to Vicksburg creates over 39 million dollars in Economic Benefits
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 508,915 visitors to Vicksburg National Military Park in 2016 spent $29,765,600 in communities near the park.