More Events for Your Spring and Summer

As usual when Mississippi enters spring, the creative juices of Mississippians begin to flow and everyone is ready to get outside for interesting preservation events. Here are a few announcements that have shown up in my inbox over the past couple of weeks (if you missed the Pilgrimage post a couple of weeks ago, here it is).

Come get your mod on with two great events in the oh-so-hip Fondren neighborhood of Jackson.

On Saturday, March 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., MHT members will be honored guests for a private tour of the exquisite home of Stephanie and Craig Busbea, designed by noted modernist architects Samuel and William Wiener and located at 228 Ridge Drive.  Not a member of MHT?  You can join here or at the event.

On Thursday, May 4, from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m., MHT will host an insider’s architectural walking tour during the Arts, Eats and Beats festival.  Stops will include musings on old mod favorites and updates on revitalization plans for this historic neighborhood while enjoying vintage cocktails.  Tickets go on sale March 25 and can be purchased at lovemsmod.

The Mad Mod Affair Fondren is sponsored by EastGroup Properties and hosted in partnership with Fondren Renaissance Foundation and AIA Mississippi.

And from Blake Wintory at Lakeport Plantation, an honorary Mississippi Delta historic site that happens to be owned by Arkansas State University, comes this year’s schedule for the popular lecture program Lakeport Legacies.

The architectural similarities between Belmont, Willoughby, and Lakeport are not a coincidence.

Upcoming Events

March 30 · Building Delta Plantations: Connecting Washington County, Mississippi and Chicot County, Arkansas  · Dr. Blake Wintory

April 28-29 ·  In leiu of Lakeport Legacies · Behind the Big House w/ Joseph McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project (Joint Program of Preserve Arkansas & Lakeport Plantation)

May 25 · An Unconventional Conveyance: Rev. Jim Kelly and New Hope Missionary Baptist Church · Reverend Demetria L. Edwards, M.Div., J.D. (New Hope Missionary Baptist Church) and Dr. Blake Wintory (Lakeport Plantation)

June 29 · A Case Study in Diversity: Southeast Arkansas Legislators, 1868-Jim Crow · Rodney Harris (University of Arkansas)

July 27 · Ironclads, Cotton and Corn: The Civil War in the Mississippi Delta · Jim Woodrick (Mississippi Department of Archives and History)

August 31 · Grasping Shadows: Evolution of the MS Delta Chinese Heritage Museum · Emily Jones (Delta State University Archives & Museum)

September 28 · The Polks’ Plantations and the Creation of Cotton Kingdom in the Old South · Dr. Kelly Jones (Austin Peay State University)

October 19 ·  Influence of Southeast Arkansas in the Arkansas Historical Association · Maylon Rice (Arkansas Historical Association) [program on Third Thursday and will start at 5:30 due to DST/Standard Time change]

And down in McComb, they’re already half through this year’s 60th annual azalea festival.


  • When: March 1 – 31
  • Time: Dusk – 9PM

There will be 5 distinct regions in Pike County with a featured street in each area and each house on the featured street will have its yard lit.

The highlighted regions for the Annual Lighted Azalea Trial are:

  • Fernwood/Pinehurst
  • Magnolia
  • Summit
  • North of Delaware – North McComb
  • South of Delaware – South McComb


Categories: Jackson, McComb, Preservation People/Events


6 replies

  1. “Some Day” I am going to make it to one of these Lakeport lectures!

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    • Since you cannot go to the lecture, read Architecture of the Old South: Mississippi-Alabama by Mills Lane. Wintory is likely expanding on topics covered in that book. Lane highlights the fact that antebellum “Southern” architecture (or at least the buildings we envision when thinking of that type of architecture) was as much a national architectural style as a regional one. Yes, the architecture was different in the South than in the North and Midwest, adapted for climate, taste, and obscene amounts of slave produced cotton wealth. But, many of the architects were northern. Many of the builders were northern. The pattern books used as design guides were all northern. Various specialized building materials were not produced in Mississippi. Although Wintory mentions Madison, Indiana as a source of builders, antebellum Mississippi also had a strong relationship with Cincinnati building material manufacturers such as Hinkle, Guild & Co. If you live in Jackson, swing by the Boddie Mansion at Tougaloo College to see some of the company’s work.

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      • I am up in Oxford, and though I have been through Lake Village a few times and Blake has graciously offered to meet me, it has never worked out. Thank you for resources, though!


      • I’ll be talking about specific research into these four houses: Mount Holly, Belmont, Willoughby, and Lakeport. Research into the Worthington and Johnson families that built these houses (and a careful restoration at Lakeport) has shown three of these were built (in-part) by the same Indiana carpenters. So, in essence I’ll be arguing that these Kentucky families reached back to the Ohio Valley (Kentucky and Indiana) for materials and builders of their iconic “Southern” homes.


  2. Wow are those wooden awnings on the house in the McComb photograph?

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