History meets technology during Bay-Waveland tour

Jane Alford spent nearly two years restoring her Katrina damaged Victorian cottage, and turning it into a bed and breakfast. Built in 1890, it's the oldest house on the Bay-Waveland Garden Club's Spring Pilgrimage Tour.
Jane Alford spent nearly two years restoring her Katrina damaged Victorian cottage, and turning it into a bed and breakfast. Built in 1890, it's the oldest house on the Bay-Waveland Garden Club's Spring Pilgrimage Tour.

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - History and technology will come together for the annual Bay-Waveland Garden Club's Spring Pilgrimage. The tour will feature a special sneak preview of the Infinity Science Center opening soon in Hancock County.

It's all about bringing people to town who spend money.

"I think people will see part of the history of Bay St. Louis in this house," said Jane Alford.

Alford spent nearly two years restoring her Katrina damaged Victorian cottage, and turning it into a bed and breakfast. Built in 1890, it's the oldest house on the tour.

"We lost so many beautiful homes and this home was spared. It had two and a half feet of water, but it was such a beautiful home. It hadn't been cut up like a lot of homes had, so I really had a passion for restoring it back to it's original beauty. And now I'm very proud of it so I enjoy showing it off," explained Alford.

A 112-year-old home on Citizen Street in Bay St. Louis will also be shown off. But what is in the backyard is what will likely steal the show.

"We're standing in front of the Ouida Sue," said Bay-Waveland Garden Club President Lana Noonan. "This tree has been measured and registered age approximately 248-years-old, and it was named of the lady of the house, Ouida Sue Parker. This tree is 23.4 feet in diameter."

All of that history will come face to face with technology on this year's tour. The pilgrimage will feature a special sneak preview of the Infinity Science Center.

"The state-of-the-art, brand new Infinity Science Center in Hancock County, which is going to open April 12th. We're very excited about the tour," Noonan said.

Garden Club leaders say it's all about bringing people to town.

"We've been advertising well out of the coast this year, even into Slidell. It's an economic draw for the city," remarked the Garden Club president.

The hope is visitors will take the tour, then spend the rest of the day shopping and dining in Old Town. The tour begins Saturday, March 10 at 9am at the Infinity Science Center. The Pilgrimage of historic homes is 1-4pm. For more information about the free tour, contact the Bay-Waveland Garden Club.

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