I had heard that Mary Carol Miller was writing a sequel to her helpful yet heartbreaking Lost Mansions of Mississippi, but from what I could tell, it wasn’t coming out in stores until October. But as proof that the early bird gets the worm, I spied a whole stack of Lost Mansions of Mississippi, Volume II as I wandered through Lemuria Books here in Jackson on Saturday. Of course, I immediately grabbed a copy, and I like to think that I, E.L. Malvaney, am the first buyer of the book in the world.
You can see a summary and a Google Preview of the book on the University Press of Mississippi site. I would also suggest, if I might be allowed a suggestion as the first buyer of the book, that University Press include a calendar of book signings for each book. I was told that the author will be signing Lost Mansions II on November 1 at Lemuria. I know that Mary Carol occasionally haunts the MissPres universe, so maybe she can fill us in on her other events around the state.
Here’s what University Press has to say about the book:
As preservationist Mary Carol Miller talked with Mississippians about her books on lost mansions and landmarks, enthusiasts brought her more stories of great architecture ravaged by time. The twenty-seven houses included in her new book are among the most memorable of Mississippi’s vanished antebellum and Victorian mansions. The list ranges from the oldest house in the Natchez region, lost in a 1966 fire, to a Reconstruction-era home that found new life as a school for freed slaves. From two Gulf Coast landmarks both lost to Hurricane Katrina, to the mysteriously misplaced facades of Hernando’s White House and Columbus’s Flynnwood, these homes mark high points in the broad sweep of Mississippi history and the state’s architectural legacy.
Miller tells the stories of these homes through accounts from the families who built and maintained them. These structures run the stylistic gamut from Greek Revival to Second Empire, and their owners include everyone from Revolutionary-era soldiers to governors and scoundrels.
Mary Carol Miller, Greenwood, Mississippi, is the author of numerous books on historical homes, landmarks, and sites throughout Mississippi. For Lost Mansions of Mississippi, she won the Non-Fiction Book of the Year award from the Mississippi Library Association in 1997. She is a physician with North Central Mississippi Neurological Surgery Center in Greenwood.
144 pages (approx.), 8 x 10 inches, 60 b&w illustrations
Properties included in Lost Mansions II:
- Laurel Hill
- Allen-Morgan House
- Austin Moore House
- Prospect Hill (I)
- Mount Hermon
- O.J. Moore House
- Tullis-Toledano Manor
- Stephenson-McAlexander House
- Three Oaks
- Carter-Tate House
- Colonel Thomas White House
- Shipp House
- Turner Lane House
- Skipwith House
- Eagle’s Nest
- Delta Psi House
If you don’t have a friendly local bookseller, head over to Amazon, where you can also pick up some of the Mary Carol Miller’s other books, or a couple of other “Lost” books published in the last year: Richard J. Cawthon’s Lost Churches of Mississippi, and Marc A. Matrana’s Lost Plantations of the South.
It sure would be nice to not have any more landmarks lost in Mississippi–there’s enough already to fill even more volumes.