Monday, March 17, 2008

Holly Springs Pilgrimage: A Festival of Art and Architecture is April 18-20

Historic Holly Springs, located about 70 miles northwest of Itawamba County, contains many beautiful antebellum structures. Founded during 1836, it is the county seat of Marshall County, one of the Chickasaw Cession counties along with Itawamba.

This year will mark the 70th Annual Pilgrimage sponsored by the Holly Springs Garden Club. Homes features during this year’s event will be Athenia (1858), Montrose (1858), Burton Place (1840), Strawberry Plains Davis House (1851) and the Walthall Freeman Clark Place (1848). Featured churches will be Christ Episcopal (1858), First Methodist (1849), First Presbyterian (1860) and The Church of the Yellow Fever Martyrs (1841).

Tours of historic Hillcrest Cemetery will be given and will be the setting for storytelling of Holly Springs’ most illustrious characters brought to life by local townspeople dressed in costumes of the day reenacting roles of those historic figures.

Other special events will be luscious luncheons at Montrose, First Presbyterian Church and Christ Episcopal Church parish house, and a Simply Southern Supper featuring old-time southern catfish with “all the fixins.” Visitors may also enjoy carriage rides down Holly Springs’ beautiful historic streets.

In addition to the art collections featured in several of the homes on tour, there will be works on display as well as arts and crafts vendors set up on the lawn of the Kate Clark Art Gallery and Montrose.

Take time to explore beautiful and historic Holly Springs, Mississippi during the 2008 Pilgrimage. For further information, visit the Holly Springs 2008 Pilgrimage website.

Photographs Courtesy of The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

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