Thursday, April 19, 2012
Relatives of Pilgrimage Queen Emma Elgin come for queen’s presentation and Pilgrimage activities
Martha Coghlan from Pelahatchie, Linda Ross Fenter from Ridgeland, Ann Ross Mims from Brentwood, Tenn., Ginger and Maggie Jones of Brandon, Gwen Ross of Jackson, Janet Moyle of Tampa Fla., Debra Ross Stone of Tupelo, Jean Horn Ross of Pelahatchie and Kaitlyn Coghlan, freshman at Ole Miss, were all in town over the weekend for the Holly Springs Pilgrimage. They are all relatives of the reigning pilgrimage queen, Emma Elgin, who was escorted by her handsome cousin, Elgin Lafever.
This year’s pilgrimage was a wonderful one, full of a flurry of exciting activities. The arts and crafts on the square were really great this year! They had a wide variety of handmade items.
Sunset on Salem was a real treat, with characters at every home. Tourists were driven in horse-drawn carriages down the street, stopping at each home.
Saturday was a particular treat, with live music provided by our local band, the Diggs. They brought the house down, playing songs for young and old. Both a live and silent auction were held with items for every size pocketbook. The evening could not have been better!
Kudos to the ladies of the Holly Springs Garden Club and everyone else who had a hand in showcasing our beautiful town!
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Holly Springs has incredible heritage
Another Pilgrimage has come and gone. The Pilgrimage has been so wonderful for Holly Springs and made us famous for our heritage. Other towns have rivers or mountains but we have an incredible heritage. If we tear down our famous historical architecture we will be like any other town and that’s why we should all be preserved.
In 1936 Holly Springs celebrated our centennial year for Marshall County. It lasted a week and had 16 homes on it, two of them in Red Banks. When 1937 came around, we couldn’t celebrate it, as new super highway 78 was being built and most of the people came from Memphis. Before this, the highway was winding and gravel and it took at least two hours and maybe more to get to Memphis.
Also during World War II when gas rationing was going on, people weren’t in a state of mind for pilgrimages and the Pilgrimage was put off until after the war. World War II hit us hard; it was almost like the nation being in mourning as hundreds were being killed and were on other sides of the world.
We really had interesting visitors lately. One from Ohio came down from upstairs and said, “Are all the women in the South beautiful? All those girls in the school pictures are so beautiful and they look so happy!” I replied to him, “Yes, all the women are beautiful, all the men are handsome, all the children are pleasures, as well as treasures.” (Left over from my television days as that was my motto.)
We recently had visitors from Nova Scotia, where the Bay of Fundy is. I knew all about it as I had visited there and I said, “You have 14-foot tides, the deepest in the world.” and she said, “Now they are 17-feet deep.” Can you imagine 17 feet of water moving in twice a day? Nova Scotia is located on the far eastern shore of Canada. I remember, too, that all the houses were painted different bright rainbow colors, maybe to relieve the drab of winter or so they wouldn’t be bored.
We expect these visitors to be back as their son has moved to Tennessee.
Right after they came in, the next visitors were from Scandinavia and could hardly speak English. They signed the book that they were from Sweden and we enjoyed them a lot.
My daughter Farrah and her husband, Larry, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary the other evening. Their four children and nine grandchildren gave them a surprise party at the barn the son-in-laws had built for her. They had a band, scrumptious food and a movie of their photos through the years. She raises miniature horses and two of them had baby fillies last week. Those tiny horses were the cutest things I have ever seen. Farrah raises chickens also and her chickens lay different colored eggs.
The museum is open all the time, all year, so please come to see us. We are great. We are located at 220 East College Avenue. We have a “repro” Confederate uniform for sale in our Mississippi Shop.
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