Introduction to Waveland, Mississippi
Waveland, Mississippi, in Hancock county, is located 17 miles W of Gulfport, Mississippi (center to center) and is 47 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city is in the Biloxi - Gulfport - Pascagoula area. There are 6,674 residents in Waveland.
Waveland was originally a part of the old Shieldsboro. In 1888, it became a separate municipality. Prior to adopting its present name, the city was known as Grand Bend and Montgomery Station. The first post office of the area was established in 1875 and Joseph Carrio was appointed as the first postmaster. L.H. Fairchild was the first mayor of Waveland. The city was incorporated in 1972. Waveland suffered major destruction on August 17, 1969 when it was hit by the Hurricane Camille, and again on August 29, 2005 by the Hurricane Katrina.
Waveland and nearby Attractions
- Buccaneer State Park
- Jimmy Rutherford Fishing Pier
- Ohr - O'Keefe Museum of Art
- Mardis Gras Museum
- Fort Pike State Historic Site
Things To Do In Waveland
Waveland is home to the Buccaneer State Park, which offers facilities for swimming and fishing. The park also includes a scenic nature trail. One can visit the Fort Pike State Historic Site, which includes a museum and picnic area. The city offers easy access to Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, Ohr - O'Keefe Museum of Art, and Mardis Gras Museum. The Waveland United Methodist Church, Saint Claire’s Catholic Church, and Lutheran Church of the Pines are some of the local churches. The Elwood Memorial Park is also worth taking a look around.
Stennis International Airport is close by.
Waveland Higher Education
Pearl River Community College, Southern University at New Orleans, and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College offer higher educational facilities.