Emma Balfour, wife of Vicksburg doctor and neighbor of the house that Gen. Pemberton occupied as his headquarters during the Siege of Vicksburg in 1863, kept a valuable diary of her life during the Civil War and especially during the… Read More ›
The other day I was surfing the Society of Architectural Historians Digital Resources webpage scoping out all the neat links. As I checked out the pages I keep my eagle eye out for Mississippi connections. So I was very excited… Read More ›
Today’s post is a reprint from Mrs. N.D. Deupree’s “Some Historic Homes of Mississippi,” from Publications of the Mississippi Historical Society, Vol. VI (1902). This post is particularly timely, since we are now in the midst of the 150th anniversary… Read More ›
This paper, so far devoted to descriptions of plantation and suburban homes, will now give a story of a city home, the “Porterfield” home of Vicksburg. It is a large, square-built brick house, three stories high, with long wide halls, three in number, two rooms on each side of the hall on each floor except the first; this has two on the right of the entrance and one, the banqueting hail, on the left, a room 24 by 42 feet, with ceiling 18 feet in height.
Spring Pilgrimage time is upon us, and here’s a list of all the known Mississippi home tours, along with a few out-of-state that you might be interested in. Old house and architecture buffs should be first in line for pilgrimage tickets each year.
Time for another MissPres Architectural Word of the Week! If you want to check out any previous word you can do that here. As always our example photographs come from the MDAH Historic Resources Database. This week’s word is typical… Read More ›
MissPres is on vacation this week, but we’re sending postcards back from Mississippi’s past.
Time for another MissPres Architectural Word of the Week. As we move right along through the alphabet, you can check out our past words here. This week’s word is a Gothic and Renaissance (both original and revival) architecture staple, but… Read More ›
Port Commission Gets Its Wish on Ceres, Gains Large Vacant Space to Go Along With All Its Other Large Vacant Spaces
According to WLBT and the Vicksburg Post, Ceres Plantation was supposed to go to the wrecker on Tuesday. The antebellum house and its associated barns will be “dismantled” (i.e. salvaged as little building parts to be sold at upscale home… Read More ›
Yesterday, we saw two portraits of Vicksburg’s builder/architect William Stanton. Today, thanks to granddaughter Sandra Stanton Toler and Dorothy O’Neill, we see a lifetime of portraits of Stanton’s architect son William A. Stanton. William A. Stanton perhaps was Mississippi’s first… Read More ›
Back in January, you may recall, I ran a great obituary from the Vicksburg Post memorializing Vicksburg’s important architect/builder William Stanton, whose career spanned the transition from small-scale tradesmen to large-scale construction firms. Not too long ago, MissPres reader Dorothy O’Neil… Read More ›
I love driving in the southern neighborhoods of Vicksburg, along Cherry and Drummond streets especially. The early twentieth century houses are stunning–some of the highest quality in the state in my opinion. The thing about driving a neighborhood instead of… Read More ›
According to Alan Huffman’s blog, the Warren County Port Commission is on the warpath again in its ongoing quest to demolish the main house at Ceres Plantation. Read all about it here. Ceres Plantation, a rare surviving example of a… Read More ›