Taking an Architectural Tour this Christmas?

Suddenly the Christmas season has snuck up, and I’ve been remiss in alerting the MissPres universe to the special architectural tours and open houses around the state, starting this coming weekend. Feel free to add in the comments any tours I may have missed.


Christmas Pilgrimage, Nov. 15-Dec. 31, 2014:  Our beautiful city on the Mississippi River is known for its genuine Southern Hospitality, unique restaurants and historic houses. During the Holiday Season we sparkle with lights.The season is festive and filled with many special events to make your Holiday visit to Natchez a memorable one.

For tickets to events call Natchez Pilgrimage Tours 1-800-647-6742.


December 2–19 at the Governor’s Mansion.  The historic section of the Governor’s Mansion features traditional holiday decorations using seasonal greenery.  Free guided tours are offered Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the half-hour.  (Closed weekends and Mondays.)  Reservations must be made in advance for groups of ten or more.

Old Jackson Christmas by Candelight, Friday, December 5, 4:30–8:30 p.m. This popular annual event features traditional seasonal decorations at the Eudora Welty House and Garden, Governor’s Mansion, Manship House Museum, and Old Capitol Museum.  The Train Town of Possum Ridge and the historic Christmas trees exhibit in the William F. Winter Archives and History Building will also be on the tour.  For more information, call 601-576-6800.

LEGO JacksonDLEGO Jackson, Dec. 6, 2014-Jan. 15, 2015: If you’ve missed this display of LEGO architecture and whimsy, make a beeline to the Arts Center of Mississippi, across the garden from the Mississippi Museum of Art. If you’ve been before, you don’t need to be told to go, you loved it so much. In the last few years, creator Scott Crawford has built miniature Jackson City Hall, Bailey Junior High complete with Bat Cave, and a pretty great replica of the Standard Life Building. What will he add this year? Admission is free, so go find out!

Holly Springs, Dec. 6-7, 2014

From the Marshall County Historical Museum, Holly Springs, Mississippi: We are planning our 26th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes to benefit the Museum’s programs. Come join us on this unique peek into some of Holly Springs’ historic homes open and decked out for the holidays, and with other special events lined up for the weekend of December 6-7, 2014 promises to delight travelers and put the Christmas spirit in even the worst Scrooge.

After the tour, you can enjoy the annual Christmas Parade around the Square to welcome Santa to town.  On the historic homes tour you will hear stories of distinguished personalities from our town’s past heritage.  Plan to visit us at the Marshall County Historical Museum, the former home of the Mississippi Synodical College for Women for some Christmas cheer and then to the Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery, a tribute to one of the premier native artists of the late 19th and early 20th century, and plan a visit to the beautiful  serenity that is historic Hill Crest Cemetery where eight  generals and other high ranking officers of the  Confederacy lie at rest, along with the victims of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878.  There is so much to do in Holly Springs and it promises to be a visit that will capture both your imagination and heart.  Look for tour updates on our Facebook page:  (https://www.facebook.com/mchistoricalmuseum) and visit the Museum’s website (https://www.marshallcountymuseum.com/ ) where you can purchase tickets for the tour and join as a Museum member and/or donate to our programs.  Call us at 662-252-3669 for more information.  WE HOPE TO SEE YOU HERE!!!

Tickets for the Tour of Homes are $15 per person, $20 per person after December 1st.  Groups of 10 or more are $12 per person, after December 1st, groups of 10 or more are $15 per person.

 Meridian, Dec. 13. 2014

Mad Mod Affair Meridian: Join MHT for a tour of Meridian’s fabulous modernist architecture.  Jennifer Baughn, Chief Architectural Historian for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and Dr. Michael Fazio, Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Mississippi State University, will put us through our paces as we uncover the roots of Meridian’s fascination with modernist architecture.  The tour will commence and end at the Chris Risher-designed Crestwood School, 730 Crestwood Drive.  Lunch and transportation will be provided.

$25 a person, lunch and transportation included.  Space is limited. Click here to register.

 New Orleans, Dec. 13-14, 2014

Holiday Home Tour: Tour private historic homes in the Garden District, in all their holiday glory. Visit the Preservation Resource Center’s tour headquarters for regional cuisine and holiday shopping among dozens of local artists, craftsmen and retailers. Enjoy the fascinating history and incredible architecture of a cherished neighborhood, with the tunes of talented New Orleans musicians at each destination on the tour.

Advance Tickets*–click here to Register
$30 for PRC members & groups of 10 or more
$40 for non-members
*Advance ticket sales close at 12 noon on Friday, Dec. 12.

On the day of the tour, all tickets are $45, available at the tour headquarters at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Tickets are valid for either day or both days during the weekend of the tour.

Categories: Holly Springs, Jackson, Meridian, Natchez, Preservation People/Events


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