A few items from around the state this week:
As most of you have probably heard, the Mississippi Agricultural Museum in Jackson suffered a fire Thursday evening, with the smoke plume being seen for several miles around. Although three buildings were lost (animal barn, maintenance shop, and doctor’s office), the historic buildings on the campus were spared. The fire was not too far from the chapel, which was formerly the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Hermanville in Claiborne County before it was moved to the museum in the 1980s. The Fortenberry-Parkman Farm is at the other end of the “main street” and was not in danger from the fire. The animals all made it out of the barn too, so all in all, it could have been much worse.
A Commercial Appeal article reprinted in the Clarion-Ledger gives an update on the old Cockrum School in DeSoto County, which as you may recall, received a Community Heritage Preservation Grant last December. A local non-profit group, Cockrum Civic Center, Inc., plans to turn the building into a community center and has raised $5,000 of their needed $20,000 match.
Speaking of fund-raising, Waverley Mansion’s campaign to raise funds for a much-needed paint job is winding down. They’ve raised 35% of their goal of $16,000, so if you’d like to make a contribution, head over to Indiegogo and hit “Contribute Now.”
Finally, according to Greenwood preservationist Mary Carol Miller:
Greenwood:Mississippi Memories, Volume III is now available exclusively at Turnrow Books, 662 453 5995 or turnrowbooks.com. If you’re starting to think about your Christmas gift list, this is the perfect present for anyone who loves Greenwood, Mississippi history or WWII photos. Volume IV is in the works and should be in the store by next year!