Thursday, December 6, 2007
Christmas in Marshall County Tour of Homes, December 8-9
The Marshall County Historical Museum presents to the town and county a marvelous “Christmas in Marshall County” tour this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9, and it will be an incredible tour. This is our first county Christmas Tour.
Houses on the tour will be Cedar Oaks, Solitude, Galena Plantation and Tallaloosa. Each home will be decorated in Christmas array and in the owners’ eclectic styles which makes each unique and different from that of anyone else.
Cedar Oaks is an incredible house with a 30-foot vaulted ceiling and an upstairs gallery flanking a mammoth stone chimney. Massive windows surround the stone fireplace and overlook the countryside past the veranda. It is owned by Tom Honaker and is his headquarters for running his working plantation. He runs field trials here and trains bird dogs on his grounds. These are the old hunting grounds of past national field trials that were run here in the 1920s and 1930s when C.C. Stephenson Sr., Howard Jones, the Slaydens and others were there. Originally, these were the grounds of the Will Henry Coxe antebellum plantation that was so vast, it was like a settlement and even had its own post office. The original house is gone but Cedar Oaks is a grand replacement. It was built in 1995.
Solitude is a new house built in 1999 by Mr. and Mrs. Hank Thomas. Mr. Thomas himself was the builder and designer. The house has a sunken living room with a great fireplace framed by picture windows that reflect the lake in the front yard and a pastoral view. The house is located on a knoll and is surrounded by a forest of oak and evergreens that offer great color in all seasons.
Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Fitch own Galena Plantation. Here you have an opportunity to visit the house where the famous General Nathan Bedford Forrest of Civil War fame once lived. This plantation is a working farm of 7,000 acres. Field trials are run here also and the place has guests from all over the world to come stay for trials that last for days. Celebrity hunts entertain people of renown for a few days of reprieve here where the dogs are followed on horseback, jeeps or wagons pulled by a pair of pink mules.
Tallaloosa is a glorified log cabin built probably in the 1830s and is a Marshall County original. It used to border a 1,000-acre lake that today is gone forever. Now, the house overlooks a country view of fields and woods. It is owned by Mr. and Mrs. S.B. Gresham. Originally, it was a dog trot style which has been enclosed. It has a sleeping loft. A detached kitchen is still detached. It has a shingle roof. Long ago the Oscar Johnson family of St. Louis owned it, along with 600 acres where their farm used to be and Walter Place was their town house.
On Dec. 8 and 9, we invite all of you to a delicious buffet luncheon at the clubroom of one of the most beautiful golf courses in America, Kirkwood Golf Course. Special Christmas music will be enjoyed, which will be presented by Larry Tyler and his musicians. This luncheon is held in conjunction with the Christmas County tour, but may be enjoyed by all. Kirkwood Golf Course is located on Highway 4 West about three miles west of Highway 7.
A Christmas “Extra”
Come enjoy our Christmas Dinner Theater
Live theater, plus a delicious dinner, will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7, 8 and 9 at Holly Springs First Baptist Church recreation building at 7 p.m.
For information on tickets to the tour, please contact the museum at 662-252-3669 or come by and see us at 111 Van Dorn Avenue – across from the courthouse.
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