George Washington Ball House
Built by a distant relative of George Washington in 1822, the George Washington Ball House is the oldest home in Vicksburg.
Backstory and Context
Ball's father, Joseph, was the nephew of George Washington's mother, Mary Ball, who was from Pope Creek, Virginia. This connection is why Joseph named his son George Washington Ball. It is unclear whether Ball or his father built the house but it appears that Ball did. Joseph operated the original Vicksburg Hotel, which was located where the Vicksburg Auditorium is now. The hotel offered basic amenities such as stables horses and was open to men who worked on the river. Ball took over the hotel after Joseph died in 1832. In addition to running the hotel, Ball was also a land speculator and owned land in Washington County. In 1836, Ball sold the hotel and moved to Kentucky and got married there. He and his wife returned to Vicksburg for a short time before moving back to Kentucky. It appears they never came back to Vicksburg.
"Nation's first president had Vicksburg ties." The Vicksburg Post. February 22, 2009. https://www.vicksburgpost.com/2009/02/22/nations-first-president-had-vicksburg-ties-3.