October 20, 2005

Lois Swanee
Museum Curator

Cottage Hill on Christmas tour

One hundred seventy years ago a man named Jones from Virginia came to Marshall County and bought thousands of acres of land from the Chickasaws.

He then immediately built himself a home with the front door opening to the city street and the back door opening to his 4,000 acre plantation.

In 1923, his grandson gave as a wedding gift, a house he built next door to his house. Howard Jones and his bride Eleanor Walker Jones were the recipients of the wedding gift and they reared a beautiful family of seven children in the house.

Today that house is called “Cottage Hill” and is owned by Carole Jean Taylor. She and her family are the second owners to live in the house.

She has renovated and refurbished the house and has created a charming setting for her collection of antiques and collectibles to suit her lifestyle. She has a collection of Santa Clauses and snow villages. Her home is the epitome of sophisticated femininity and will be beautifully dressed for the holidays. This is the second time “Cottage Hill” has been on the annual Christmas in Holly Springs tour, which will be held this year on Dec. 3-4.

Tickets may be purchased at the Marshall County Historical Museum at 111 Van Dorn Avenue and will cost $25 each in advance. Tickets for ten or more will be $22 in advance. The week of the tour, all tickets will be $30. The tour will be fantastic, something to remember forever.

Proceeds go to the Marshall County Historical Museum, sponsors of the tour.

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