Thursday, December 15, 2005

Repair of ‘Little Church’ begins

Staff Writer

The foundation corners and supporting structures at the rear of Holly Springs’ historic “Little Church” have been repaired as well as the floors in the kitchen and bath at the rear of the building, according to members of the Town and Country Garden Club in Holly Springs.

Restoration and repair of the rest of the building adjacent to City Hall awaits much needed donations, according to Jean Ann Jones.

The club is proud of the restoration of the column bases and the re-bricking of the rear of the building.

Workmen with Napoleon Smith Construction Company uncovered hardwood floors in the building, Friday. The floors were hidden under a sheet of plywood and carpet.

Jones said the club hopes individuals who promised cash donations to help restore what is the oldest church building in Holly Springs, will do so soon so work on the interior can proceed this winter.

“We need the support of the community financially,” Jones said. “We need money. Any cash contributions or memorials are welcomed.”

Furniture and fixtures are also needed. A stove and refrigerator are needed for the kitchen and bathroom fixtures are needed, also.

As renovation proceeds, a wall between the first two rooms will be removed to make one larger conference room. Furniture will be needed for that, also.

Jones said the club has to hold some of the money it has on hand to use as matching funds should the club be successful in applying for state or federal grants to further the restoration work.

The structure is stable but has quite a bit of work to be done both inside and outside the building before it will be ready for use.

Once the building is restored, it will be available for use for community functions. The club was successful in leasing the shotgun-style structure which once served as a 19th century Sunday school building and church, a home and more recently as the quarters for the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce and office space for the recreation department.

Members said the garden club wanted to save the building from deterioration and collapse and preserve the structure for cultural purposes.

The building is one of the oldest shotgun-style churches in the state with one other located in Natchez.

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