Thursday, November 22, 2012
Families gather for Thanksgiving
Theresa and Frank Quinn and daughter, Townes, of Houston, Tx., are the Thanksgiving guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wittjen.
Andy Seale of Nashville, Tenn., is spending Thanksgiving with his parents, Robin and Ben Seale, and grandmother, Charlotte Walker.
Vivian and Eugene Smith and Vicki and Walter Webb are Thanksgiving guests of Jason and Lea Farese and children in Oxford.
The Cupps will gather for their family Thanksgiving.
The Marshall Academy Patriots football team and coaches will celebrate Thanksgiving night in Jackson. They are AA North Half State Champions, surfing the North Delta Green Waves all the way to Millsaps. They will battle it out with Brookhaven Academy Friday for the AA state championship.
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Christmas in Holly Springs
This is the 24th annual “Christmas in Holly Springs” tour of homes on December 1 and 2. It begins in conjunction with our 175th birthday celebration on Friday, November 30, with our esteemed Senator Roger Wicker unveiling and lighting the Christmas tree on the square.
Lovely Finley Place was built in 1857 by Rufus Jones. During the War Between the States, General U.S. Grant’s personal physician and medical staff stayed here. The Holly Springs architect of the house was Spires Boling, whose trademark was the majestic octagonal columns on the front and back of the house.
The house is built in the Greek revival style but the inside is Federal design. The rear of the house is graced by a two-story solarium. The house has been given to the National Audubon Society by Margaret Shackleford and Ruth Finley, as this was their family home. This is now the home of Walter and Jane Hubbard.
Burton Place was built in 1848 and is one of the first more imposing mansions built in Holly Springs. Built in early Virginia style, the house boasts of walls two feet thick with two sets of window frames and two sets of doors for each doorway. Enclosing the house and its dependencies is a cast iron fence founded in Holly Springs, which originally surrounded the town’s courthouse. In the rear of the house is the slave quarters with a cantilever roof which matched the roof of the original barn (now gone).
Today the owner of the house is philanthropist David Person. The original owner and builder was Mary Malvina Shields Burton.
It consists of a kitchen with enclosed washing facilities and the second room was living quarters. Mary Burton’s garage is in the back. In the 1920s and ’30s she had a chauffeur to drive her around.
In the 1880’s Mary and Anne Walter (later Dr. Fearn) took a trip to China where Mary bought Chinese Chippendale furniture for her house.
Tickets for the home tour may be purchased at the Marshall County Historical Museum, sponsor of the tour at 662-252-3669, or tickets may be picked up at 220 East College Avenue. Advance tickets, if purchased before November 24 are at a reduced rate.
We have just purchased all new flags at the museum and they are so beautiful. The six flags have flown over Mississippi since we have been a state and before.
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