If you like old movies, old cars, and old houses, the Mississippi Heritage Trust has just the event for you, happening this Saturday at the Burrus House in Benoit, MS. As you may recall, the Greek Revival Burrus House, also called Hollywood, built in 1858, was recently pulled back from the brink of collapse by descendants of the original Burrus family. It was already a vacant house in the 1950s when the movie Baby Doll was filmed here. If you haven’t had a chance to see the results of this amazing restoration, this is the perfect opportunity to tour the place and see Baby Doll too!
On Saturday, November 19, the Mississippi Heritage Trust and the Burrus House Foundation will host an open house and screening of the movie Baby Doll to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the filming of the movie at the Burrus House.
From 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., guests will enjoy tours of the meticulously restored antebellum home, which is now a glamorous setting for weddings and events, while nibbling on treats inspired by 1950s cuisine from Delta Meat Market and listening to local blues legend Bill Abel.
Come dark, the house will be transformed into a drive-in theater with the back field filled with vintage cars to view the classic Baby Doll, based on a play by Tennessee Williams. The movie, directed by Elia Kazan and starring Carroll Baker, Karl Malden and Eli Wallach, uses the Burrus House as backdrop for a story fraught with jealousy and violence. Attendees will be able to spread out a picnic blanket or tune in the movie on their vintage car radios.
The event is a fundraiser for the Mississippi Heritage Trust and the Burrus House Foundation. Sponsors for the program include SouthGroup Insurance Services, Mississippi Tent, Cotton Row Creative, Delta Meat Market and Communication Specialists. Special thanks to Claire Cothren and Eustace Winn, the Mississippi Film Office, Mississippi Classic Cruisers and the Cleveland/Bolivar Chamber of Commerce for their support of the event.
Tickets for the Delta Drive-In are $75 a person and can be purchased at www.mississippiheritage.com or at the door. The Burrus House is located at 77 Burrus Road, Benoit. To learn more about the Burrus House, please visit www.thebabydollhouse.com. For more information, please call the Mississippi Heritage Trust at 601-354-0200.