Thursday, April 12, 2012
The 74th Pilgrimage Tour of Homes will take place in historic Holly Springs this weekend, April 13-15.
Set in the Antebellum Capital of the Mid-South, the tour features selected antebellum homes hosted by costumed guides, local storytellers, organ recitals in the town’s historic churches, horse-drawn carriage rides, Civil War re-enactors, luncheons, a character-guided cemetery tour, arts and crafts and a Southern supper in the antebellum Montrose mansion.
Guests are invited to enjoy an authentic, pre-Civil War experience. Homes on tour this year include the historic Burton Place, which has undergone a total restoration. This Federal home contains many original pieces of furniture, including the “Sam Houston” bed, as Sam Houston was a frequent visitor to Burton Place. The lot is enclosed by a cast iron fence manufactured by Jones-McIlwain foundry which produced firearms during the Civil War. The fence originally surrounded the Marshall County Courthouse, and its details earned Burton Place the nickname “Fleur de Lis” by Holly Springs locals.
Also included on the tour are Cuffawa (1832), one of Holly Springs’ first homes; Wakefield (1858), a rare addition to the tour; and Montrose (1858), headquarters of the Holly Springs Garden Club, which houses an arboretum featuring trees and plants native to Mississippi.
Attractions this year include the Church of the Yellow Fever Martyrs (1841), Sabbath School Church (1837), First Presbyterian Church (1860), Christ Episcopal Church (1858), First United Methodist Church (1849), the Marshall County Historical Museum and the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum.
Friday evening guests will enjoy “Sunset on Salem,” which features carriage tours along the street once referred to as “Silk Stocking Row,” where costumed guides regale stories of the town’s history in front of the street’s grand Southern mansions. Afterwards, guests are invited to attend “Screen on the Green” on the stately grounds of Montrose for a big-screen viewing of “Steel Magnolias” with free admission.
Saturday will feature the annual 5K, “Hoopskirts on the Highway,” which this year partners with famed “Killer Kudzu 5K” to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life project.
Friday and Saturday, guests can enjoy the Plant it Pink luncheon at Montrose to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. Saturday will also feature “A Walk Through Time,” a guided tour through historic Hill Crest Cemetery. That evening, the Holly Springs Garden Club will host “Montrose Under the Moonlight,” a dinner dance featuring a Southern supper under the stars and tunes by The Diggs.
Sunday’s guests are invited to a Southern champagne brunch on the grounds of Montrose to be entertained by Viking Cooking School’s lead culinary instructor Elizabeth Gourlay Heiskell. She will demonstrate recipes from her book, “Somebody Stole the Cornbread from My Dressing,” a humorous comparison between North and South through recipes and recollections.
The Pilgrimage is sponsored by the Holly Springs Garden Club. Proceeds from the tour benefit the preservation and restoration of historic Montrose.
A special Pilgrimage section is included in this week’s newspaper.
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