It’s been a while since we’ve done a Going Inside post, so today I offer for your Friday enjoyment, the interior of the old Warren County Courthouse in Vicksburg. Now the Old Courthouse Museum, it is worth the $5 entrance fee to walk through, and the exhibits are the old-school kind that I prefer–no glitz, no buttons for me to push, no loud jarring videos, just lots of interesting artifacts and helpful but not overly wordy text.
Here’s a history snippet from the Old Courthouse Museum website:
Construction began in the summer of 1858 on what was then to be a new Court House for Warren County. The building is perched on one of the highest hills in Vicksburg on land given by the family of the city’s founder, Newitt Vick. Contractors were the Weldon Brothers of Rodney, Mississippi, who used 100 highly skilled slave artisans to make the brick and erect the building, which was completed in 1860 for a cost of $100,000. The building stands as an architectural gem and was named one of the 20 most outstanding courthouses in America by the American Institute of Architects. Four porticos, supported by 30 foot Ionic columns flank the entrances. The courtroom on the second floor features a cast iron judge’s dias and railings, and an intricate iron stairway connects the first and second floors.
And if you still want to see a good snow picture, check this one out from the last really big snow, from 2009.