A Mississippi Birthday

Mississippi celebrated her 198th birthday on December 10th and I was lucky enough to go with a group for a tour of our beautiful Capitol building here in downtown Jackson.  There is a lot of construction going on in preparation for the 200th birthday celebration and so parts of the building were off limits.  However, we were fortunate to be able to peek in a couple of places that are normally off limits to tourists thanks to our docent extraordinaire Freda Spell.

the rotunda is truly breathtaking…

Mississippi State Capitol

stained glass windows representing the history of the state – first inhabitants, the Indian tribes, Mother Mississippi in the center and agriculture on the right…

Mississippi State Capitol

the House chamber…

Mississippi State Capitol

stunning stained glass ceiling…

Mississippi State Capitol

and amazing architectural details…

Mississippi State Capitol

we enjoyed a visit and some words from the speaker himself…

Mississippi State Capitol

we were allowed into the inner sanctum to see the old vault where a representative makes his office today – I would be totally claustrophobic – couldn’t take any photos of the inside for privacy reasons…

Mississippi State Capitol

we were also allowed to step inside the office of the Governor…

Mississippi State Capitol

the tile floors are a work of art…

Mississippi State Capitol

beautiful ceilings were covered in the 1950s with the advent of air conditioning – you know, sheetrock installed right where you see the light…

Mississippi State Capitol

thankfully during an earlier renovation a workman’s hand went through the sheetrock and the original ceiling was finally uncovered…

Mississippi State Capitol

and as we were leaving we got a sneak peak inside the room which was home to the  Daughters of the Confederacy…

Mississippi State Capitol

All-in-all, a great way to celebrated the birthday of the great state of Mississippi!

There are regular scheduled tours that you can take advantage of – just do it!

Happy Birthday Mississippi…

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Comments

  1. What a beautiful, grand building. They just don’t build them with this kind of art anymore. I love visiting capitol buildings. There is something about the rotundas that make me think of how vast this world is and yet we are all in this life together. Don’t know exactly…can’t really capture the feeling in words. Thanks for the tour.

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      It is truly spectacular and one of those things that you drive by every day and don’t stop to appreciate. I am so glad I went!