To Holly Springs and Back

I just liked the way this lookedA few days ago I made the incredibly long trip up to the Far North, to Union and Tippah Counties and Holly Springs. When you have to make such a trip, you’re always torn between scheduling as much as possible so as to make it all worth it and  just getting there and back at a decent hour. The day was gloomy, and gusty winds kept my hand tight on the steering wheel–certainly not the pleasant weather I had on my trip to Columbus last week. I left at 7 AM (ok, I admit it was closer to 7:15. Well, 7:20ish, if you insist) and didn’t get home until close to midnight–a looong and tiring day.

I saw lots of interesting sites along the way up, though–an abandoned dogtrot I had surveyed a few years ago, the downtown historic district in New Albany, the historic district in Ripley, a few old schools, and of course the amazing Holly Springs.

I was happy to see lots of activity in downtown New Albany and on the courthouse square in Holly Springs–a few vacancies, but not many. One man asked me how much I would pay him for permission to take a picture of his building on the square: I laughed; he didn’t. I made sure to continue smiling as I walked away. Taking pictures of old buildings always brings you into contact with . . . interesting people.

Here is some of what I saw:

Union County Courthouse (1909, H.E. Ostling, archt.). Usually it's almost impossible to get a decent picture of this building because you're facing the south, so the gloominess worked in my favor and actually brought out some of the details.

Union County Courthouse (1909, H.E. Ostling, archt.). Usually it’s almost impossible to get a decent picture of this building because you’re facing the south, so the gloominess worked in my favor and actually brought out some of the details.

Chalmers Institute (1837), stairs--I always like to get a good stair shot

First Presbyterian Church (1860-1869), Holly Springs

Marshall County Courthouse (1870, Fletcher Sloan, archt.)--this portico looks very similar to the Old Capitol's. Many people don't know that the Old Capitol's portico originally had flat arches that were changed to the semi-circular design in 1870s.

Just an interesting design on a pilaster on the square, Holly Springs



Categories: "To . . . and Back", Cool Old Places, Courthouses, Historic Preservation, Holly Springs, Schools

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