Seniors Pay A Visit To Pass Christian

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Pass Christian, nicknamed The Pass, is part of the Gulfport–Biloxi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population runs right at 6,500. Senior travelers will find The Pass 9 miles west of Gulfport, Mississippi.

Pass Christian, with more than 300 years of history, is an enchanting Village-City resting on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, facing the Sound with a seven mile long beach-head. The Pass was left in ruins by hurricane Katrina.


Pass Christian was named after a nearby deep-water pass, which was named for Nicholas Christian L’Adnier. Pass Christian was founded in 1849. The town was a hot spot for the beach as well as summer homes of the affluent from New Orleans. The town was a famous resort prior to the American Civil War. The wealthy built a row of historic mansions along the shoreline where Scenic Drive was one of the country’s notable historic districts.

 Seniors Enjoy Fishing And Fine Dining


Having an entrenched heritage since the arrival of the French-Canadian explorers in 1699, the city processed through changes of the guard and national banners from French, to English, to Spanish, to an Independent Republic, and then to the American flag.  It had emerged as a small fishing and commercial harbor and became a main trading center on the Mississippi Sound.

Because of its proximity to New Orleans, the first Lighthouses in Mississippi were built as sister towers at Cat Island and Pass Christian in 1831, when it became the first mainland lighthouse in Mississippi. The harbor houses dozens of beautiful watercraft including colorful sailboats.


The Seafood Festival hosted by Pass Christian residents is a popular tourist attraction. Pass Christian has lots of southern charm and lying along the Gulf Coast, plenty to do with fishing and fine dining with a wide variety of seafood.

Senior Golfers Find Highly Rated Club

Between 1923 and 1929 New Orleans residents Rudolf and Lynne Hecht developed Middlegate Japanese Gardens which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. James M. Sherman, at age 67, began construction of Sherman Castle.

TripAdvisor suggests senior golfers not miss the Oaks Club, rated 4 1/2 stars in Golf Digest’s Best Places You Can Play. Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis Home, is the house that was bought by Davis in 1879.


For yours truly, “the beauty of the cigar is in the ashes”…and Cigars in the Pass is said to be the “Friendliest and Most Knowledgeable Cigar Community Since 1900.” Being a fancier, this senior would test that out.

“The Pass” is known throughout the region as a place of legends and lore and the  historic downtown area is the city’s heart and soul. My wife and I would enjoy taking a self-guided walking tour of this historical area. Seniors, set your GPS for The Pass and enjoy the host of amenities this historical town offers.  -jeb

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