oral Histories

These oral histories have been compiled using footage from the sites, as well as interviews with individuals who are intimately familiar with a particular place. The videos are intended to be used to transport the student out of the classroom and onto the specific place when a field trip is not part of the curricula. 



Journey along with Melanie Allen, past President of the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain, as she tells the story of the property from her perspective. 

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Charnley-Norwood House 

Jeff Rosenberg, a historian for the Charnley-Norwood restoration, guides us through the history of the house and the intricacies of the restoration.

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Phoenix Naval Stores 

Phoenix Naval Stores, located on busy Creosote Road in the heart of Gulfport, is one of the last remaining testaments to the timber industry, and the vital role it played in the development of the area. Take a look at the site before restoration begins. 

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Shaw Homestead

The history of Shaw Homestead dates back to the Homestead Act of 1862. Walk the site, explore the house, and take a step back in time. 

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Cedar Lake Island has a rich history as a logging community, once called Vinnie, complete with a store, schoolhouse, and nightclub. See the sights and sounds of the island, as we make our way across the bridge and down the trails.