Thursday, November 15, 2007
Polk Place and Cedar Oaks on Christmas Holiday Tour
Some of the incredible homes of Holly Springs and Marshall County will be open to the public December 1 and 2 and December 8 and 9. In all, ten homes will be open for you to see and enjoy on the “Holly Springs Holiday House Tour” and the “Christmas in Marshall County Tour.” Seven of the homes are antebellum, dating back to the 1830s and three are new. They are all artfully decorated with the magnificence of Christmas.
Polk Place is a fantastic 1839 Greek Revival house in raised cottage style with the living room and bedrooms on the second floor and the kitchen and dining room downstairs. In 1903 it was remolded by the famous architect Theodore Link of St. Louis and he put his sparkling touch on it to give it pizzazz not like any other.
It has a Palladian front porch and a moat that goes around the entire house. The Episcopalian Church was founded here. This elegant house belongs to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lynn. The builder was Thomas Polk, cousin to President James K. Polk and brother of the fighting bishop of Civil War fame.
Cedar Oaks Plantation: A newly constructed plantation on the Will Henry Coxe Place that was once called Galena. Galena originally covered about 4,000 acres in the 1850s and even had its own post office. In the 1920s and ’30s the United States Field Trial Club held its annual field trial here, now it’s held in Grand Junction, Tenn. It is now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Tom Honecker and is where they train dogs to get them ready for the trial. The original Galena is now gone with the wind.
The weekend of December 1 and 2 there will be entertainment for you at 2 p.m. on Saturday and also on Sunday, same time, at the beautiful historic Christ Episcopal Church.
On Saturday the public is invited to hear the University of Mississippi Parlor Music Ensemble, who will be will performing; and on Sunday the Marshall Academy Patriot Performers with Chris Mirante, director, will also perform. These performances will be delightful for all who attend.
At 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, the Chamber of Commerce will present the Holly Springs Christmas Parade around the Square. The next weekend on December 7, 8 and 9, First Baptist Church of Holly Springs will present their annual Christmas dinner theatre at the activity center. You can call the church at 252-2627 for times and ticket prices.
You can see that Holly Springs is gearing up for a wonderful, funfilled, exciting Christmas holiday. Lunch will be served at Kirkwood. Be sure you don’t miss a moment. The jelly train has stopped at the Square Museum. We have a new shipment of jellies, butters and chow-chows, all Mississippi made. These make wonderful gifts for those who don’t live here or for a Christmas basket filler, or just because you want some for yourself. Come in while the supply lasts.
You may purchase your tickets at the Marshall County Historical Museum at 111 Van Dorn Avenue on the Square in Holly Springs or order them by telephone at 662- 252- 3669. The tickets cost $25 if bought in advance and cost $22 if bought in groups of 10 or more. Joint tickets for both tours may be bought for $42 if bought in advance. The week of the tour all tickets are $30. Stop by and see the museum at 111 Van Dorn Avenue or check out our website at www.mchmuseum.org.
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