Historically, one of the best reasons for regular people to get out and take pictures of their house, neighborhood, and town was a snowy day like we’re having today in Mississippi. So in that spirit, I post a few taken in downtown Jackson and a few from Jessica Crawford who was traveling through Port Gibson along Church Street and its magical live oak trees. If you have pictures of snowy historic buildings in your town, feel free to send them to me and I’ll add them to our Snow Day 2014 album!
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Categories: Biloxi, Brookhaven, Jackson, Port Gibson
Beautiful pictures for sure. I have fond memories of Port Gibson especially – it was there that I had the best barbequed ribs I’ve ever eaten!
This is an excellent undertaking — you’re right, in the deep south, snow and ice makes us look at the world around us differently, which tends to inspire people to document temporarily-magical everyday scenes that otherwise would have been lost. There’s a reason that the only photographs we have of many lost buildings are in the snow. From a preservationist’s vantage point, the beauty of this (aside from the aesthetics) is that scenes which otherwise would have been taken for granted are photographed and filmed. As a case in point, during the 1953 ice storm in Jackson (if I have the year right), my grandparents were moved to get in their bulbous DeSoto sedan and slip and slide around the city streets to film downed power lines and sunlit ice spectacles — that, and a now-tantalizing succession of lost historic buildings viewed from the window of a passing car. It’s a rare opportunity, compliments of an ice storm.