America's Best History Spotlight

On this page we're going to Spotlight the lesser known historic sites and attractions that dot the history landscape across the USA and are worth a visit if you're in their area. And while they may be lesser known, some are very unique, and will be that rare find. You'll be, at times, on the ground floor, or maybe even know something others don't. It'll be fun. Visit them.

Front of the LaPointe/Kreb House Museum

LaPointe/Krebs House Museum, Mississippi

It was known by so many names, i.e. Old French Fort, Old Spanish Fort, the LaPointe House, the Krebs House, and now today the LaPointe/Krebs House and Museum. Yes, now, after restoration from the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina, the museum has been fully restored as of 2022. And it tells the story of the deep south, the migration of Canadians to Mississippi, yes, slavery, and the claim to being the oldest standing structure in Mississippi and perhaps all of the lower Mississippi Valley. More on that later.

Situated on Krebs Lake, the former Lake Chatahoula, and now the Pascagoula River, in Pascagoula, Mississippi, portions of the center of the house were built in 1757 by Joseph Simon de La Pointe, a migrant with land grant in what was then a Colony of France. It would go through many incarnations. Now you can visit and find out more about them at the LaPointe/Krebs House and Museum. Photo above: Front of the LaPointe/Kreb House Museum after restoration, 2022, jgabois. Courtesy Wikipedia Commons, C.C. 4.0.

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LaPointe/Kreb House, 1940

LaPointe/Krebs House Museum, Mississippi

So, what's so unique about this house past the fact that it is old? Well, the home was made with Tabby, the only one on the Gulf Coast or New France. Tabby is a mixture of quicklime, water, sand, ash, and oyster shells. Constructed with that and the wood of the area, the home was never really a fort in the traditional sense, but it was a stockaded plantation home meant to provide shelter for the New France colony and the LaPointe family. Original name Fort de la Pointe. The house began with two rooms and a fireplace. Lots of additions after that.

Image above: Side view of the Old Spanish Fort in dilapidated condition, 1940, Lester Jones, Historic American Building Survey. Courtesy Library of Congress. Below: LaPointe/Krebs House prior to full restoration, 2015, mmwixon. Courtesy Wikipedia Commons, C.C. 4.0.

LaPointe/Kreb House 2015

Where Is It

LaPointe/Krebs House and Museum is located at 4602 Fort Street, Pascagoula, MS 39567. This is Jackson County, Mississippi along the Gulf of Mexico and not far from the Alabama border.

What is There Now

LaPointe/Krebs House

The house serves as the museum which focuses on the inhabitants and history of the Old Fort, but also the history of the entire area. The house has special tours some days of the year, and can be rented for outside affairs.

When Open and How Much

The museum is open daily; 10:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 to 5:00 Sunday. The charge is currently, as of January 2023; $5 Adult, $3 children 5-15, and free for children under that. Other discounts may apply.

Fees and hours are subject to change.

LaPointe/Krebs House and Museum

History Nearby

You're near the Gulf Coast of both Mississippi and Alabama, so all the Gulf beach fun and flair can be had close by. As far as historic or national park attractions, there's Gulf Islands National Seashore and further away the National Park Service sites of the Tuskegee Airmen at Tuskegee Institute and the Civil War battles such as Shiloh.

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