Thursday, November 3, 2005

Lois Swanee
Museum Curator

“Christmas in Holly Springs” tour

You need to mark Dec. 3 and 4 on your calendars. That is when we expect to see you at the 17th annual “Christmas In Holly Springs” tour of homes. We will have a selection of seven wonderful homes on a walking tour that will be decked out in Christmas and holiday wonder just for you. This week’s highlighted home is Gov. Matthews House (formerly The Holly). 

Gov. Matthews House has two names, dates back to 1836 and is one of the oldest houses in town. Joseph Matthews built this house for his uptown house and he also lived on his plantation in early Marshall County about 16 miles to the east of Holly Springs, which is now in Benton County. He was elected governor of Mississippi in 1848. When running for governor, his opponent was Alexander Bradford, also from Holly Springs. They were the only two men from here ever to run for governor in all the years we have existed.

Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Farris, who came originally from New Orleans, own the house. Twenty-eight of their family members were displaced in Katrina. Mrs. Farris’ dining room has faux finished walls and has been the center of many festive occasions. The Farris’ have an eclectic assemblage of one-half family antiques and one-half modern furniture. Portraits of both families adorn the house. The dining room features a multi-colored, stained glass window. The den boasts a zebra theme along with a unique leaded glass window.  

If you purchase your tickets before Nov. 27, you can obtain them for the price of $25 each. Groups of 10 or more can get theirs, when purchased at the same time, for $22 each before the same deadline. After Nov. 27 all tickets are $30. Save money by purchasing yours in advance. You can get tickets at the Museum at 111 Van Dorn Ave., Holly Springs, MS or by calling us at 662-252-3669. We take cash, check, Visa or MC.

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