Thursday, November 1, 2007
Holly Springs Holiday Houses tour
The fabulous dual Christmas tours of “Holly Springs Holiday Houses” and “Christmas in Marshall County,” will be held on Dec. 1 and 2 for the city tour and Dec. 8 and 9 for the county tour.
Ten lovely homes will be visited. The homes will be dressed in holiday splendor. The tickets may be purchased in advance for a reduced rate. Tickets must be bought before Nov. 24, at $25 each, or if bought in groups of ten or more, tickets will be $22 each. The week of the tour, the tickets will be $30 each.
Set for the county tour, Dec. 8-9, is the cabin we call Tallaloosa. It sat on the high rim of the 1,000 lake. At that time, it was the home of the Best family, Newton and Elizabeth. They spoke with a very slow drawl. He called her Lizabet and she called him Newt. One day he came into the house and called “Lizabet, where’s my wrench?” She replied, “It’s in the parlor, where it’s supposed to be!” He died and was buried underneath an apple tree in the yard. Every day she would visit his grave and talk to him as if he could hear her. “Are you okay, Newt?” The blacks on the place talked about it and one day, one of them climbed into the tree over Newt’s grave. When Lizabet came down for her daily visit, she said, “Newt, how are you?” The black in the tree said, “I’m fine, Lizabet. Now leave me in peace.” Which she did thereafter.
Mrs. Oscar Johnson of Holly Springs and St. Louis and her sisters inherited Tallaloosa, the log cabin, from their father, Col. Harvey Walter. He owned over 600 acres in west Marshall County. In the 1930s, Col. Walter’s grandsons from St. Louis used this land for hunting purposes. In 1983, they sold their holdings in west Marshall County. Today, the cabin belongs to Mrs. Frances Gresham and her son, Steve Gresham.
The house was originally a dog trot cabin, so called because in case of fire, maybe the second portion wouldn’t burn and could be saved. The dog trot was used as an outside porch, but protected from the sun. The winds would make it a breezeway, making it cooler in the summer. The house is built of some of those cypress logs at their front door. The original cabin consists of a large room on the dog trot with a brick chimney on each end and ladders leading up into an attic room on each side. When the dog trot was enclosed, one stairway replaced the ladders in the bedrooms and the upstairs rooms included a middle hallway. To the rear, disconnected from the house, was a kitchen room, but the roof extended to make it all under one roof and included a porch on the front and one on the ground level in the back.
The herb garden was located right outside the kitchen and the well was located in the breezeway between the kitchen and the bedroom.
Livingston Place will be on the city tour on Dec. 1-2. It was built in 2003 by owners Anita and Heath Barnett, who live here with their two daughters, Amanda Frances and Rosamond. When the Barnetts built their home, her desire was to have a new home with an old feel. Livingston is nestled in the middle of a cattle farm, owned by Heath and his father, which was originally a part of Strawberry Plains plantation, many years ago. The peacefulness of the property attracts deer and other forms of wildlife, thus the name “Livingston,” meaning “deer place.”
On Swanee’s Mississippi Good News Happy Hour this week, we will have as guests chancery clerk Chuck Thomas, supervisors Ronnie Joe Bennett and Willie Flemon. The music will be special music performed live by Rev. Tony Roberts, pastor of Heritage Apostolic Church and Juanita and Charles Thomas. No questions will be called in on this program. WKRA 1110 AM on your dial. The show is from 2-3 p.m. on Thursdays.
New book at Museum
It’s that time of year, when our latest book, “History of Red Banks and North Marshall County, Plus Our Indigenous Recipes” will be coming off the press, around Thanksgiving time.
This book is going to be twice the size of the others, since we had so many nice people contributing great information. Get your book early and save some money. The regular cost will be $42 plus tax, with the advance copy only $32, plus tax. This book will cover all of the northern section of Marshall County and you will surely want your very own publication, so make your plans early for it.
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