Welcome back from France, Malvaney. Most of the news that I have found for the past two weeks has concerned various Pilgrimages. It almost seems that every small town in Mississippi has people parading around in hoop skirts and Confederate uniforms. Yet I have noticed no one is re-enacting the experience of being a slave and picking cotton in the fields, I wonder…perhaps I should just leave that topic alone.
If there is any preservation related news that I have missed, which I probably have due to my hectic schedule, please post it in the comments. I have mostly just included links to various stories for this News Roundup.
And here is the news.
In Natchez, there is the story from April 14 “Downtown building collapses” that details the destruction of an Antebellum commercial structure at the corner of North Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street and Franklin Street. The director of the Historic Natchez Foundation states that the structure was constructed in the period from 1835 to 1850. Like other endangered Mississippi buildings, the owner is an out-of-town entity/person.
In other Natchez, commercial building news, The Natchez Democrat reported on April 15 that a building at 57 Silver St. in the Natchez Under-the-Hill area will be demolished. “Building OK’d for demolition” states that the Natchez Preservation Commission approved the demolition. I am not sure which structure this one is but Google Street View shows no buildings that are in need of demolition, all have roofs and none are overgrown with vegetation.
Reed’s Grocery in the Bell Schoolhouse community near Starkville was relocated according to the April 17 edition of the Starkville Daily News. The story “Old store building moved to new site” details the history of this structure and the relocation effort. While the old grocery is a utilitarian, rural, commercial structure, those structures are generally rotting away into the countryside, disappearing under kudzu and wisteria. Although Reed’s Grocery has been removed from its long-term surroundings (moved only a half-mile away), it has been saved and will be preserved.
The story “History passing” in The Vicksburg Post is a disappointing tale. The Rocky Springs United Methodist Church, constructed and used since 1837, has closed due to the dwindling of attendance.
The Vicksburg Post also reported on Ceres Plantation in the past two weeks in the stories “Ceres Plantation House gets first OK toward Mississippi Landmark status” on April 17 and “County to plan for Ceres designation” on April 20. The Ceres Plantation saga contains the twistings and turnings of a Grisham drama: plotting, scheming, and backroom deals. There appears to be light at the end of the tunnel for Ceres. Chances are that it will remain in situ if granted landmark status.
The Vicksburg Post also contains the story “Depot deal might come Friday” about the redevelopment of the Levee Street Depot. It has been several months since I have heard any news on the Depot, Malvaney was still doing News Roundups then.
And that was the news.