Finding Vicksburg History at Baer House

| 6/28/2016 9:54:00 AM

Marilyn JonesBaer House is a lovely bed and breakfast located on a quiet street in Vicksburg, Mississippi. It is also a historic reminder of the past when Vicksburg was a prosperous 19th century river town before and after the Civil War. 

In addition to being excellent overnight accommodations, the house, built in 1870, is also open for tours.


On the day I visited, I was welcomed by owners Corey and Patricia Rickrode. Corey carried on with the tour and offered me insight into the history of the house, its occupants and the city itself.

Room to room I followed Corey as he showed me the beautiful antique-filled rooms, but it was his telling of the Baers that kept me riveted to his every word. Truly, the Baer family story would make an excellent movie-of-the-week.

The Baer Family

Lazarus Baer, a Jewish immigrant from Germany, owned a dry goods business in Vicksburg which allowed him and his wife Leona the capital to build the Eastlake Victorian house. The couple raised one son and four daughters. Leona isolated her children to the second floor while the first floor was reserved for her, her husband and their many guests. There was even a separate outside staircase for the children to use.