Heart and Heritage A History of Gulf Hills

Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education

1600 Government Street

Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Phone: (228) 818-2878

Through January 2018

Gulf Hills opened in 1927 as an upscale winter resort. It had one of the most beautiful golf courses in the Southeast, a yacht basin, a riding stable, a clubhouse, and a handful of fine homes built close to the water. Having a strategic location by rail, pleasant weather and a hilly landscape directly on the Gulf, it was a gathering place for movie stars, gangsters, and the “upper crust” often from Chicago and places north.

Over the years it evolved into a more relaxed Dude Ranch featuring horseback riding, square dancing, hayrides, rodeos, waterskiing shows, tennis tournaments – with its enticing 18 hole golf course and golf tournaments drawing national awards. Still, you could expect to see stars from the entertainment world (and less noticeable Mafia figures).

Gulf Hills has continued to evolve with time and the events that have shaped it.  Now known as a coveted residential community, the resort continues its gracious hospitality as a first-rate hotel and conference center, golf club and picturesque golf course.

Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 12pm-4pm.

Facility Info
  • Description The Trent Lott Performing Arts Theatre is available for performances and meetings. With 393 seats, the Theatre accommodates concerts, plays, musicals, recitals and town meetings. The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center also offers seven other rooms throughout the center for workshops or gatherings! The Duckett Gallery, Paper Mache Room, HOSA Room, Performing Arts Room, VA Room, Pottery Studio, and Woodcarving Room are available for your meeting needs. Call for details & rental fees!