Holliday Haven – Aberdeen, Mississippi

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Holliday_haven_AberdeenHolliday Haven – Aberdeen, Mississippi

This home was built in 1850 in the the beauty of its Greek-Revival facade. When you visit this mansion you will see that many of the original pieces of architecture and furnishings are still in their original beauty.  The home has been restored to it’s antebellum grandeur, and their extraordinary collections of Sevres and Paris porcelain, Classical and Rococo Revival furniture, including a magnificent Belter parlor suite and period silver is there for you to enjoy.

The home was built by John Holliday, son-in-law of Jesse Speight, who was succeeded in the US Senate by Jefferson Davis.  The decedents stayed in the home until 1993.  Because the first owners and then decedents were people of means the quality of the items in the home are outstanding.  Of particular note are the splendid gilded valances gracing the windows of its formal rooms, the “jib” windows which open like doors to the front porch, and early outbuildings.

Visitors may drive around the block to view the grounds of the house and the back of the house.  It is a private home.

609 South Meridian Street
Aberdeen, Mississippi

Gregg-Hamilton House, Aberdeen, Mississippi

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The Gregg-Hamilton House blends Greek Revival architecture with Italianate millwork, interior Gothic details, and interesting lozenge-shaped “eyebrow” windows.

This 1850 Mississippi Landmark was home to Mary Frances Garth Gregg, widow of Civil War General John Gregg, CSA. A descendant of Patrick Henry and daughter of Alabama State Legislator, Jessie Winston Garth, Mary Frances “Molly” Garth was wed to her precious John Gregg for only a few short years before the Civil War began.

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The Magnolias – Aberdeen, Mississippi

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magnolias_ab.jpgThe Magnolias – Aberdeen, Mississippi

This home is of the classic Greek revival style with its spacious, columned front portico.  The double doors that adorn the portico is framed by multi-colored stained glass side lights making the entrance a true place of beauty.

The mahogany stairway in the home is truly an architectural masterpiece which leads from both the front and rear of the home,.  The tri-level stairway meets and crosses the hall and then separates again before ascending to the second floor which gives access to the street front and the garden front.  Underneath the stairs is another doorway leading to the dining room and storage rooms in the basement.

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Annual Angels on the Bluff Tour – Natchez, Mississippi

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Annual Angels on the Bluff Tour - Natchez, Mississippi.jpgAnnual Angels on the Bluff Tour – Natchez, Mississippi

Come to Natchez for an evening of history and excitement with a tour of the Natchez City Cemetery the first weekend of November (usually…check with the Natchez Visitor Reception Center for exact dates because they do, on occasion change.) The elaborate presentation at the Cemetery features selected gravesites with actors portraying those buried there and the life they led during their time on earth.  The actors are local with some of them being descendants of the individuals they are portraying.

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Museum of Natural Science – Jackson, Mississippi

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The Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, Mississippi. Nature-lovers and knowledge-seekers visiting Mississippi love to plan a tour of the Museum of Natural Science in Jackson.  Established in 1932 by founder Fannye Cook, the museum boasts over 870,000 specimens of Mississippi’s natural treasures.  A 73,000 square foot indoor facility, 300 acre landscape and 2.5 miles of nature trails provide several options for family activities.

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Catfish Capitol Visitor Center – Belzoni, Mississippi

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The Catfish Capitol Visitor’s Center in Belzoni, Mississippi. Belzoni is located in Humphrey County, Mississippi, and is commonly called the “Catfish Capital” of the state.  Catfish farming is an important commodity for Mississippi’s economy, as more than 117 catfish farms are located there.  Humphrey County contains 35,000 acres of ponds averaging 6,000 catfish per acre.

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Sam Wilhite Transporation Museum – West Point, Mississippi

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The Sam Wilhite Transportation Museum in West Point, Mississippi. Sam Wilhite, a former President and Chairman of the Board of the Columbus and Greenville Railroad (also known as the C & G Railroad), lends his name to the West Point Transportation Museum in Mississippi.  Visitors to the area may tour the artifacts and historical path of important local transportation progressions over the past 200 years.

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Movie Museums – Canton, Mississippi

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Movie Museums in Canton, Mississippi. Film lovers and movie fanatics enjoy touring the behind-the-scenes Movie Museums in Canton, Mississippi.  Canton is commonly known as the film capital of the state, or the “City of Lights, Camera, Action!”

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Oldest Slave Founded Town in Mississippi – Mound Bayou, Mississippi

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Mount Bayou, MS.jpgOldest Slave Founded Town in Mississippi – Mound Bayou, Mississippi

Tracing history of the former slaves of the area can be an interesting journey.  This journey may take you to Mound Bayou which was founded in 1887 by Isaiah T. Montgomery and his cousin, Benjamin T. Green.  These two men were both former slaves of Joseph Emory Davis.  The community is situated halfway between Vicksburg, Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee off of Highway 61.  It is the oldest bastion of Black municipal government in the South.  The community is also the oldest black city in the United States.

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Rock ‘n Roll & Blues Heritage Musuem – Clarksdale, Mississippi

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'n Roll & Blues Heritage Musuem - Clarksdale, Mississippi.jpgRock ‘n Roll & Blues Heritage Museum – Clarksdale, Mississippi

Have you heard of Bessie Smith and Blind Lemon Jefferson and the other blues singers of the 1950’s?  At this museum there are 78 RPM’s of these great blues singers on display.

There are also early Rock ‘n Roll artifacts from the likes of Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, Little Richand and of course, Elvis.  Don’t miss those of Buddy Holly, Bo Diddly and others that are there.

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