From the Thompson (Ray M.) Papers; photograph of the foyer of the Pirate House, built in 1802 in Waveland, Mississippi. This photo was used in a newspaper column written by Ray M. Thompson, entitled "Know Your Coast." The column chronicled unusual and/or historic events, sites, people, and customs of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Among the myriad topics of discussion are the origins of numerous Gulf Coast towns; Civil War history; historic homes; the barrier islands; industries, organizations, and tourist attractions. The column was published in the Biloxi/ Gulfport Daily Herald from March 1, 1956 to October 15, 1960.