Throwing Shade

Have we forgotten about Pearlington?

No painting can do justice to the majestic oaks at Logtown.
No painting can do justice to the majestic oaks at Logtown. Special to the Sun Herald

The town is so beautiful, anybody with a phone can capture a breathtaking image from almost any point in Pearlington.

There’s the long and winding road into Logtown, where many Hancock County friends travel to take their engagement or family photos. There’s the flow of water surrounding the town and several communities in it — there’s backdoor access to Louisiana that features scenic roads, views of age-old trees and bridges that look like they are copied from the screens of old Westerns or films set during Prohibition.

Many of the houses, often on quaint dead-end roads, stand on stilts and have views of Live oaks that have likely stood for hundreds of years. Those same trees have endured dozens of tropical systems, including Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed most of the town 11 years ago.

And although much of the Coast has seen phenomenal growth in the last decade, Pearlington seems to be lagging a little. And the question is — Why?

Have we forgotten them?

The town is beautiful and connects South Mississippi to Slidell. It has access to waterways and boasts some of the most beautiful and serene views I’ve ever seen. After Katrina, an iconic image was taken by a Sun Herald photographer that showed a statue of Mary amid the rubble of a washed-away Catholic church.

Since the hurricane, it seems as if the publicity Pearlington received has faded.

Would you travel a little way to eat at new restaurants along the water in Pearlington, overlooking Louisiana?

Heck, I drive 30 minutes down to Bay St. Louis at least once a week to eat at one of my favorite restaurants. I would love to see Pearlington prosper, but the question of how remains.

For now, I’ll continue to randomly drive down the scenic roads, taking in the air, the nature and the beauty of this hidden gem in South Mississippi.