Land Trust Finalizes Deal On Twelve Oaks Property

The Land Trust has finalized the deal on 30 acres of pristine property in Ocean Springs known as Twelve Oaks.

The Land Trust is a non-profit organization. State Representative Hank Zuber arranged for the group to accept grant funds to buy the land.

The property on old Fort Bayou will be preserved and open to the public for hiking, bird watching and other outdoor activities.

The Land Trust is also researching the history of the house that's on the property.

"This property was once owned by a slave. She owned the property and sold part of it to an African-American church group. And we think the building is part of that church, as it existed in the early 1900s. So we hope to investigate the history, preserve the history and make it part of the story that the property will tell," Land Trust Director Judy Steckler said.

Steckler says they spent more than a million dollars in tidelands funds, state and federal grants to buy the property.

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