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Old Brick House, Biloxi

#8 of 8 in Historic Sites in Biloxi
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Old Brick House, also known as Biloxi Garden Center, was built around 1850 as a modest family home by John Henley, a former sheriff and mayor of Biloxi. The house is situated on Back Bay in Biloxi, Mississippi. The home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, and was designated a Mississippi Landmark in 1987. Although heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the house was restored and re-dedicated in 2011.HistoryThe house was built on property acquired by Jean Baptiste Carquotte from the Spanish government as a land grant in 1784. When John Henley built the house, he used heart-pine lumber for the flooring and three layers of brick in the outer walls. The stout, brick construction allowed the structure to survive through 150 years of hurricanes and storm surges. The house is one of the oldest buildings in Biloxi.The house had become neglected in the mid-1950s, but was salvaged by Biloxi Garden Clubs and was acquired by the City of Biloxi to serve as a museum and a venue for receptions and public gatherings.In 2005, the house was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina when it was inundated with seven feet (2.1 m) of water from the storm surge. But, the structure survived and was restored to be historically accurate. As of 2011, the Old Brick House was one of only two antebellum homes still standing in Biloxi.NoteThe date of the Spanish Land Grant and spelling of the Carquotte name was not consistent in all references.
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  • Never visited this area before and was therefore interested, as always, in places of historic interest. The Old Brick house was built in 1848 and has exterior walls 3 bricks thick - which is how it.....  more »
  • Love the Old Brick House and its setting. You can walk around the structure, enjoy the view, the porch and the bay, but it's not open to visit. You can look through the windows around the door facing....  more »
  • Beautiful view from the back porch. Wonderful place for gatherings and weddings.
  • Relaxing public spot on Back Bay. Big old live oak that kids can climb.

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