Thursday, October 20, 2011
Finley Place will be on the 2011 Christmas in Holly Springs Tour, Dec. 3-4
This lovely antebellum home is one of the six homes that will be featured on the 2011 Christmas in Holly Springs tour sponsored by the Marshall County Historical Museum. The tour will be December 3 and 4. Tickets are available in advance for $18 a single or after November 26, $22. Groups of 10 or more are $15 each if purchased before Nov. 26.
Finley Place built in the opulent 1850s by Mrs. Rufus Jones, a widow with eight children from Virginia.
During the War Between the States, General Grant commandeered the house for his medical staff in 1862. The house was long known as the “Shuford Place” as Dr. F.B. Shuford married a daughter of the house, Miss Reese Jones.
The designer of the house was Spires Boling, local architect whose famous trademark was the majestic octagonal columns on the front of the house. Originally the front and the back of the house were identical with columns on each side. Many years ago the beautiful two-story solarium was built on the back side of the house in place of the columns.
For years the Tom Finley family lived here. Margaret and Ruth Finley were his heirs. They gave the house to Audubon of America. Mr. and Mrs. Bubba Hubbard live here now. He is the Audubon director.
P.S. Did you enjoy the black velvet show in the sky last week when that harvest moon, held up by Jupiter, were dancing across the skyscape?
Jupiter looked like a big diamond solitaire sparkling and twinkling down at me! it was spectacular! Did you see the man in the moon or the woman in the moon? (She’s in profile.) Or did you see the man picking up sticks? (She’s on the side-upside down.)
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