Port Gibson, Mississippi

Port Gibson, Mississippi

Port Gibson, Mississippi, the county seat of Claiborne County, is located sixty miles southwest of Jackson and forty miles northeast of Natchez along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Chartered as a town on March 12, 1803, Port Gibson is Mississippi's third oldest settlement, being occupied in 1729. Port Gibson was the site of several clashes during the American Civil War and was important during Ulysses S. Grant's Vicksburg Campaign. The Battle of Port Gibson occurred on May 1, 1863.

Port Gibson
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Many of Port Gibson's historic buildings survived the Civil War because Grant believed the city was "too beautiful to burn".

The population of Port Gibson was 1,443 in 2014.

Featured Nearby Points of Interest


  • Sunken Trace - milepost 41.5 - Old Trace, Top 30 Favorite Site
  • Grand Gulf Military Park - Exit the Trace at milepost 41 onto Mississippi Highway 18. Turn left (south) on US 61 and drive into Port Gibson. From the courthouse area in Port Gibson take Anthony Street out of town heading northwest. Anthony Street becomes Oil Mill Road. Oil Mill Road dead-ends into Grand Gulf Road. Turn left on Grand Gulf Road and follow the road to the park.
  • Windsor Ruins - Top 30 Favorite Site - Exit the Trace at milepost 30 onto Mississippi Highway 552 and travel west. Follow the signs to Windsor Ruins.
  • A.K. Shaifer House / Battle of Port Gibson - Located between Port Gibson and Windsor Ruins.
  • Isabella Bed and Breakfast

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