Thursday, November 15, 2012
Carltons visit family, friends; see you in Batesville Friday
Get well wishes go out to Brody Martin, who was involved in a helmet-knee collision Friday night.
Mary Glen and Patrick Carlton and children, Mary Grace and William, were the weekend guests of Vicki and Walter Webb. While here, they spent time with Collier Carlton, as well as other family members and friends.
Hank Wheeler of Newnan, Ga., is the houseguest of Kay and Laura Wheeler this week. He is here to help Laura around after her recent hip replacement.
The Marshall Academy Patriots fought hard against Indianola Friday night at home in the second round of post season playoffs. This week, the team will travel to nearby Batesville to take on conference foe North Delta. This will be a battle beyond words, as the Patriots are due a win against the Green Waves. Good luck to the team, as they have worked extremely hard to make it to the North Half Championship game! Hope to see all who are able-bodied in Batesville Friday night!
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Christmas tour of homes to be held in conjunction with city’s celebration
Once a year the Marshall County Historical Museum has a fund-raiser. The elegant “Christmas In Holly Springs” tour of homes is used to support the museum. Mostly the houses on tour are antebellum (which means before the Civil War), but sometimes we add interesting houses, not always so old, and sometimes our houses are new.
However, every house we have ever had on the tour has been fantastic. People look forward to coming each year. The tour has always been the first weekend in December ,before the Christmas rush begins when people still have time to come.
Polk Place was built in the 1830s by General Thomas Polk, who was the brother of the “Fighting Bishop,” Leonidas Polk, cousin to President James K. Polk.
About the turn of the 20th century, Oscar Johnson, owner of Walter Place, bought the house as a guest house for his friends from St. Louis, Mo. He would have his friends come down on his private railcar and stay in Polk Place and his three other guest houses.
Johnson hired world- famous architect Theodore Link of St. Louis to put his magical touch on these antebellum houses.
Polk Place is an English basement-type house with the kitchen and dining room downstairs, living room and bedrooms upstairs. It has a dry moat around it and an English boxwood garden on the grounds around the circular drive that went directly to Walter Place.
Rev. Colby Foster bought these two lots on September 5, 1839, for $1,500 and organized the Episcopal Church in this house. Miss Emily Polk, daughter of General Polk, bought the house in 1849 from Foster.
This year the tour is being held in conjunction with the “Come Back to Holly Springs 175th Birthday Celebration” which will be held November 30, December 1 and 2.
Call the museum at 662- 252-3669 to purchase tickets. If bought before November 24, tickets may be purchased for $15 each or $12 if you purchase 10 or more in advance. The week of the tour, all tickets are $20.
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