Settled in 1803, Port Gibson, Mississippi is located along the Mississippi River and was a part of French Louisiana. Cotton plantations were a large part of the economy. Part of the Civil War’s Vicksburg Campaign took place here, resulting in 200 deaths.
But because many of the buildings were left intact, it’s nicknamed the “town too beautiful to burn.” The Rabbit’s Foot Company, an African-American vaudeville troupe, was based in the town. Today, it is home to less than 2,000 people and frequently visited by those traveling the Natchez Trace Parkway or stopping to see the Windsor Ruins.