November 26, 2009
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Christmas in Holly Springs
Christmas bells are ringing in Holly Springs in preparation for the incredible tour of homes on December 5 and 6.
Fairview is located just outside the Holly Springs town limits in a beautiful rural setting. It is home to Kent and Amanda Smith, who both practice law in Holly Springs, and their two young sons. Although the home, built in 1999, certainly isn’t “old” by Holly Springs standards, it is classic plantation style, characteristic of the deep South.
The Smiths purchased the home from its original owners in 2003, and since that time, the home has undergone quite a bit of transformation. It was extremely important to the Smiths, however, to maintain the classic Southern architectural style of the home while meeting their modern day needs. The result is dazzling. The Smiths have mixed the old with the new, confronting the conventional with the latest styles.
Antiques harmonize beautifully with the modern throughout the home. Historians will appreciate that the home features a wardrobe commissioned as a wedding gift to his son in the mid 1800’s by Mrs. Smith’s great, great, great, great grandfather and founder of Potts Camp, Colonel Erasmus F. Potts.
Nestled among a forest of trees quite a distance from the road, the view from the front porch balcony inspired the name the owners bestowed upon the home.
This timeless home offers a flavor for all palettes – modern, traditional and historical.
The Doxey House
The “Doxey House” was built in 1891 by the father of Senator Wall Doxey. The house combines many architectural elements of this “prairie” style as well as federal and antebellum details such as the 12-foot ceilings.
Around the end of the 19th century, these homes were copied from the style of Frank Lloyd Wright’s pre-fab homes that were considered very stylish in those days, as the houses had gassed-in heat and inside plumbing, which very few of houses had at that time. Wall Doxey was a senator, a congressman, and Sergeant-At-Arms of the United States during President Roosevelt’s tenure.
Wall Doxey and family lived here for fifty years. The house is now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Dickey Gray. This is the first time the house has been on tour.
Tickets for the Christmas tour are on sale now. If you purchase tickets in advance of November 28, the cost will be $15 and for groups of ten or more the tickets are $12 each. After November 28 all tickets are $20.
Make your plans to bring your friends and family or just enjoy a day to yourself. In addition, you can make plans to include the Kate Clark Art Gallery (luncheon Saturday, 662-252-1563 for reservations),and take in the Christmas dinner theatre on December 4, 5 and 6 (call 662-252-2627 for reservations).
On December 5 there will be a Christmas parade. There will be two concerts, one Saturday and one Sunday at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.
The talented Fill Family will be in concert Saturday and the fabulous Patriot Performers from Marshall Academy will be on Sunday.
To obtain your Christmas in Holly Springs tour tickets, contact: The Marshall County Historical Museum, 220 East College Ave., P.O. Box 806, Holly Springs, MS 38635 or call 662-252-3669.
The whirly bird...
By LOIS SHIPP
Last Friday was a gorgeous day with lots of sunshine and mild temperatures so I decided to take a day off, as I needed it.
It was Jorja’s birthday and she invited me for a helicopter ride. The helicopter was like a big bubble with a clear glass top, a glass floor and glass doors on each side. It gives you the sensation of being a bird since you have the ability to fly.
We left Memphis and hovered above Highway 78 to see how things looked from up above and it was completely different from that angle’s perspective. My eyes couldn’t tell land elevation and everything was on an even keel from up there.
When we got to the Marshall County Airport, the airport is extending the runway. When we reached Holly Springs, the courthouse was the outstanding feature. We flew around, then over Walter Place and the estate and it was magnificent and looked like a big castle on a postcard. The employees were in the yard waving.
The Marshall County Historical Museum looked awesome from up there. I saw Joe Hurdle parking in the parking lot and getting out of his car. He knew we were up there and I am sure he waved at us. When we got over my house, there was no husband in sight. I found out later he had gone to McDonald’s for lunch.
We traveled down Highway 7 and I got a new perspective of things I have been seeing all my life. My Tallahatchie River project would have to straddle all that Mississippi wetland as it is filled.
I got a little panicky when we arrived at the heliport and there was a sign that said, “Terminal.” It was also Friday the 13th, but I’m not superstitious.
We circled over Oxford and floated over the square where they were having a fair with the Four Tops Band and preparations for the game with Tennessee. I got to see Farrah’s house, Walker’s house and Michael on the balcony of the club waving and the roof of Farrah’s “Sugar Magnolia” Mall. Next was Ole Miss and then on to Sardis.
We saw the dam and next were the patches of crops. The white patches were cotton fields. That was the only one I could identify, then we went on to the Big River and to the heliport.
I had another qualm when I saw the postage stamp we were to land on. We floated straight down and perched on the postage stamp landing pad without a glitch.
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