Thursday, April 2, 2009
Annual event April 17-19
By BARRY BURLESON
It’s April, and that means the tour of historic homes is just two weeks away.
The 71st annual Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Holly Springs Garden Club, will be held Friday-Sunday, April 17-19.
Activities also include a cemetery tour, carriage rides, Civil War re-enactors, luncheons, arts and crafts, plus the newest addition – the Pilgrimage 5K Walk/Run.
The opening ceremony will be held Friday, April 17, at 9:30 a.m. on the grounds of Montrose. Pilgrimage queens this year are Olivia Childers and Lauren Poteet. Their escorts are Will Thomas and Harris Gholson.
Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 19.
On the tour this year are Montrose, Frank Place, Finley Place, Walter Place, Walter Place Estate Botanical Gardens, Polk Place, Featherston Place and Burton Place.
Hill Crest Cemetery will be the setting for storytelling by Holly Springs’ most illustrious characters brought back to life. Local townspeople are costumed in dress of the day of persons they portray.
The Twilight Tour is Friday at 7 p.m., and there will also be a guided tour Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.
Frank Swords’ team of Percheron draft horses will be pulling antique carriages down Holly Springs’ historic streets and will be available on a limited basis for rides during tour hours.
Confederate and Union Civil War re-enactors will set up on the grounds of some of the historic homes during Pilgrimage. They will pitch tents and cook meals like life was during the Civil War.
Pilgrimage lunches will be held at Montrose, sponsored by the Holly Springs Garden Club (reservations only); at the First Presbyterian Church, sponsored by the Town and Country Garden Club; and at Christ Episcopal Church, sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women (reservations only).
A host of artisans and vendors will converge on the courthouse square for a variety of arts and crafts. Music and live entertainment will also be featured.
Montrose Under the Moonlight, featuring Southern barbecue and live music, will be held Saturday evening, April 18, starting at 6 p.m.
Historic Holly Springs churches open for touring will include First Presbyterian, Christ Episcopal and First Methodist.
The first annual Holly Springs Pilgrimage 5K Walk/Run will begin Saturday, April 18, at 9 a.m. on the courthouse square.
For more information or advance tickets to all events, call 662-252-2365, 901-833-4715, 662-252-0914 or 662-252-2515.
Tickets can be purchased during the Pilgrimage at the Marshall County Library, 109 East Gholson Avenue.
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