Visitors Center unveils collection of lighthouses

The Biloxi Visitors Center this week added a new, permanent exhibition of Harbour Lights lighthouse replicas. 

The exhibit features 27 limited edition lighthouse replicas collected by James and Tonie Day during their travels around the United States after Mr. Day’s retirement from a 30-year Air Force career.

Included in the collection donated by the Days is the city’s signature landmark, the Biloxi Lighthouse, along with other regional lighthouses, including the Middle Bay Lighthouse in Mobile.

“One of the most interesting pieces in the collection is actually a set of two,” said Bill Raymond, city Historical Administrator and manager of the Visitors Center.  “After the toppling of the Round Island Lighthouse by Hurricane Georges in 1998, Harbour Lights created before-and-after replicas of the light.  With the restoration of the lighthouse underway, it is great to have these two pieces to help tell that history.”

This exhibit is in the lobby of the Biloxi Visitors Center, which is at 1050 Beach Blvd.  The center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers tours to the top of the Biloxi Lighthouse every morning, weather permitting, at 9, 9:15, and 9:30.
See the lighthouse display