October 23, 2008
Mary Grace and William Carlton christened
Len and Kathleen Marbury of Shropshire, England, visited in the home of Susan and Jimmy Warren this past week-end. The Marburys were here to attend the Holly Springs High School Class of 1965 reunion, which was held in the Warren home on Saturday.
Collier Carlton, Vivian and Eugene Smith, Vicki and Walter Webb and Garrie and Mike Cammaurati travelled to Birmingham, Ala., over the weekend. They were there to celebrate the christening of Patrick and Mary Glen Carlton’s twins, Mary Grace and William. While there, they visited with other friends and family who were also in town for the joyous occasion.
Susan Rodgers and Carlton Gibson took Mallary Covington, Caitlyn Brooks, Maura Jane Autry, Elizabeth Skelton and Anna Roberts to Clinton Monday to watch the North vs. South All-Star softball game. Marshall Academy was fortunate enough to be represented by three phenomenal players - Heather Tomlinson, Traci Rodgers and Lauren Alexander. Although the North did not win, everyone had a wonderful time and met a lot of new friends. Congratulations, once again, to Marshall Academy’s senior players!
I would like to personally thank the person who stole the political sign we had up in our yard on Salem Avenue. It has always been my understanding that people may express their views with signs, or other things, displayed in their yard - which essentially is their own property. How amazed I was to pull out of my drive this week and notice that a sign I had just put up in my own yard had been taken. I do not vandalize yards of those in town who have up political signs of candidates I do not support. What does it matter? Vandalism is vandalism. Thank you, once again, to the vandal who took our sign. I would appreciate it kindly if you could just return it. If not, I will be sure to gather up another one and put right back in the stolen one’s place. This time, we’ll be waiting to see who steals the sign. Yes, it would be considered stealing - it was on our property (not the city easement) and that would be stealing.
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“Christmas in Holly Springs” Dec. 6-7
You are invited to our delightful “Christmas In Holly Springs” which will be held on December 6 and 7. Six beautiful homes will be open, five antebellum and one circa 1908.
Hamilton Place was built in 1838 by William F. Mason and was the first mansion built in town. Mr. Mason was the secretary of the Illinois Central Railroad. Originally the house had three floors and six massive Corinthian columns. In 1927 the top of the house was hit by lightning and burned. The columns were never replaced. During the War, the lady of the house, Maria (pronounced Moriah), sat on her front porch and watched as Grant and his well-dressed troops marched south on Memphis Street and turned in front of her house, but Grant wasn’t visible that day.
Maria’s prized possession was her Steinway piano. When young Mason married the Tennessee heiress, they spent their honeymoon in New York where she had been educated. As a surprise wedding gift, William Mason ordered the piano and Henry E. Steinway, founder of Steinway and Sons, selected and presented the rosewood instrument to Maria on her honeymoon.
Later on, General Benjamin H. Grierson came to Holly Springs to take revenge on Holly Springs because of Van Dorn’s raid on the town. It was just natural to come to this imposing house at the end of Memphis Street which you could see for blocks away. When he saw the lovely instrument in the living room, he couldn’t resist playing it. Maria heard the beautiful music and came down the stairs to see who was making these heavenly sounds.
Both she and General Grierson had studied under the same music instructor in New York. Thereafter, General Grierson and his men would come twice a day and they would have a concert. He told Maria Mason that he had come to destroy the town but finding such intelligent, cultivated people who where nursing wounded Federals in some of their homes, the town would not be destroyed.
In 1868 the Hamilton Place became Bethlehem Academy, a Catholic School. The school remained until 1892, when it became a private residence again. The present owners are Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Clanton.
Tickets may be purchased at the Square Museum, who sponsors the Christmas Tour. The tickets will be $25 the week of the tour; if purchased by November 29, they will be $22 each and if purchased before November 29 in lots of 10 or more the tickets will be $20 each.
Tickets may be purchased at the museum by cash, credit card or checks.
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