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Coast History Days take visitors back in time

The 25th edition of Coast History Days is now underway at the Biloxi Visitors Center. (Photo source: WLOX) The 25th edition of Coast History Days is now underway at the Biloxi Visitors Center. (Photo source: WLOX)
During the three day event, visitors are treated to reenactments involving early French settlers and their first contact with Indians. (Photo source: WLOX) During the three day event, visitors are treated to reenactments involving early French settlers and their first contact with Indians. (Photo source: WLOX)
Coast history days will also be held on Friday and Saturday from 9am until 3pm. It is free of charge. (Photo source: WLOX) Coast history days will also be held on Friday and Saturday from 9am until 3pm. It is free of charge. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

The coast has a long history, dating back to 1699. But many of us don't realize just how rich that history is. For the next two days, you have a chance to explore our past at the Biloxi Visitors Center.

Coast History Days informs and even lets adults play dress up. One of them is Jane Shambra.

"Today, I am an early colonial settler, a lady actually from the early 1700s. And this is pretty much how they dressed when they came here to Biloxi," Shambra explained.

For the students from Nativity Elementary, this event is a big hit.

"We like it because there's a lot of stuff that you can learn from history like lots of the war stuff and other things," Isabella Cruthirds said.

For Ashley Davis with the Seafood Industry Museum, these history lessons come from the heart.

"That's what I love to do. I like to teach these kids in a fun way about Biloxi and the rich maritime history that I have to offer and share with these kids," Davis said.

At this event, seafood and moonshine and firefighters from a bygone era go hand in hand. During its 25 year run, Coast History Days has always been very popular with the locals, and with local school children, as well. But it also appeals to our out of town visitors, like the Worleys from Missouri. "Actually, I didn't know and realize it was that old. It's just amazing everything that is here on the coast," Jerry Worley said.

The Santa Marias from New Jersey have found a new appreciation for what we have to offer.

"Being in Biloxi, and this part of the country, I didn't realize how influential this whole part of the country is to America. It changed everything," Daimon Santa Maria said.

Coast History Days continue Friday and Saturday from 9am until 3pm at the Biloxi Visitors Center. It's free of charge.

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