We left Pensacola Blue Angel Park on September 24th and headed to Hattiesburg, MS Okatoma River KOA Campground it was a short 168 mile drive (we hit 10,000 miles).
This was a short one night stay so once we got set up we looked at the things to do in the area list provided by the campground and discovered that the African American Military History Museum was nearby. We jumped in Lil Baby (our Fiat 500) and headed to the museum ( We will dedicate an entire post to our visit the African American Military History Museum)
While visiting the Museum we met one of the Hattiesburg residents that is featured in the museum Mr. Charles J. Brown who served in Company C 4th Battalion 173rd Airbornne Brigade. Mr. Brown received a Bronze Star on November 11, 1967 and is featured in the museum. Mr. Brown spent a few hours with us sharing his experience in the Army and what it was like being black and growing up in Mississippi in the 1960s . Mr. Brown escorted us up the street to Historic Eureka School that he attended as child. Mr. Brown gave us a guided tour of Eureka and you could see how proud he was to be featured in the Eureka museum as well.
In September 1921, with W.H. Jones as its Principal, Eureka School opened its doors as the second brick school built for African American students in the state of Mississippi. Eureka epitomized the importance of education in the African American community and was its cherished centerpiece. In the hallway of the school you can see the of Blues artists that frequented Hattiesburg.
After leaving the Museum District we had an awesome meal at the Crescent City Grill we highly recommend visit Crescent City Grill.
After our meal we returned to our RV for the evening.
We took a walk around the park on Saturday morning before departing. We had a very pleasant conversation with the owners who have owned the 60 acre park for 1.5 years. They are busy making updates to the park and have great plans for the future. The park has full hook up pull through and back in gravel spots, 30 and 50 amp service is available. There is also a tent camping area and cabins for rent.
There are 3 beautiful fishing lakes at the park.
There is plenty to do at the park for kids from the playground, the basketball hoop, games in the community area and swimming pool. It was nice to host our Virtual Fitness Class in the community area.
There are two bath houses and laundry facilities in the park. One has been renovated and the second one closer to the office is on the schedule for renovation. There is also a fenced in dog park.
This was our first time staying in a KOA and found it to be a positive experience. If we are ever passing through Mississippi again we will consider booking at the park.
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