MissPres News Roundup 6-6-2017

Lets jump right into this week’s roundup.

Starting near Batesville, a new cemetery monument was dedicated at the Love Joy Methodist Church.  The church was built in 1884 near a cemetery established around 1854 by early Panola County settlers in the southeastern part of the county.  The monument gives a brief history of the cemetery and those buried there.


Threefoot Building, October 2010.

According to the Meridian Star, work on Meridian’s Threefoot Building is expected to start in mid-July.  The article does not give any indication of how long it will take to convert the office building into a Courtyard by Marriott hotel with at least 135 rooms, a restaurant, a Starbucks coffee shop, and 1,100-square feet of retail space on the bottom floor.  The article does explain that the owners have been working with MDAH and the NPS to receive preservation tax credits; 25 percent at the state level and 20 percent at the federal level.


Leake County supervisors are in support of building a new Mississippi National Guard Armory in Carthage.  As part of the proposal the current armory, built in 1962, would become property of the City of Carthage.  The county seemed interested in the prospect of turning the current armory over to the city with one supervisor stating that “this facility here’s still nice,” but the current facility lacks the parking needed by the Guard.


hottytoddy.com shares a story of some historic Oxford eating establishments.


W. White shares two stories from the Corinth area:

A historic structure, part of the historic Liddon Lake complex burned to the ground mid-May.

“The building was part of the Liddon Lake complex, originally known as Crystal Lake, built by B.F. Liddon in the 1920s or 1930s. In its heyday, the complex included several man-made lakes, tennis courts, playgrounds, a large swimming pool and a Viking boat structure used as a dance hall and restaurant.”


In Tishomingo County, three people pleaded guilty at the end of May to federal charges in connection with the removal of artifacts from an Indian mound. The charges stem from a period in late 2014 when those charged allegedly removed items from the Doskie Mound site on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property in Tishomingo County.


The Mississippi Heritage Trust Conference is being held in Cleveland this Thursday and Friday, June 8th-9th. Below is the conference schedule. There’s still time to register!

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Studio 230, 110B Court Street

9:00-9:15 a.m. Welcome-Mayor Billy Nowell, City of Cleveland

9:15-10:15 a.m. Malcolm White, Mississippi Arts Commission, Mississippi’s Historic Places Have A Story to Tell

10:15-10:30 a.m. Break

10:30-11:15 a.m. Mary Margaret White, Visit Mississippi, Mississippi’s Heritage Tourism Program

11:15-11:30 a.m. 10 Most Update-Sarah McEwen, Mississippi River Basin Model

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch-Choice of Three Downtown Restaurants

1:00-1:45 p.m. George Bassi, Director, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art and Larkin Simpson, Jones County Chamber of Commerce, Innovative Ways for Places to Tell Their Story-Home Town Laurel

1:45-2:00 p.m. 10 Most Update-David Abbott, Indian Mounds

2:00-2:15 p.m. Break

2:15-3:00 p.m. Belinda Stewart, Holly Hawkins, Belinda Stewart Architects, Innovative Ways for Places to Tell Their Story-Emmett Till Memory Project

3:00-3:15 p.m. 10 Most Update-Jessica Crawford, Prospect Hill

3:15-4:00 p.m. What’s Next? Heritage Tourism Panel

4:00-5:00 p.m. Break

4:00-5:30 p.m. 10 Most Update and Tour-Amzie Moore House

5:30-7:00 p.m. MHT Annual Membership Gathering at the home of Hilda and Kirkham Povall

Friday, June 9, 2017
Studio 230, 110B Court Street

9:00-9:15 a.m. 10 Most Update-Myrna Smith-Thompson, Isaiah T. Montgomery House

9:15-11:30 a.m. Mickey Howley, Water Valley Main Street, Amber Lombardo, MS AIA, Lolly Rash, Mississippi Heritage Trust, Teach Your Town To Fish-Cleveland

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Judson Thigpen, Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce, Lisa Cooley, Cleveland Main Street The New Old Cleveland

12:00-2:00 p.m. Downtown Cleveland Walking Tour

2:00-2:30 p.m. Jessica Crawford, The Archaeology Conservancy, Can You Dig It?  An Archaeological Adventure in the Delta

2:30-3:00 p.m. Travel-Cleveland to Gunniston

3:00-4:00 p.m. Tour and Dig, Blanchard-Harris Place-Nancy Armstrong, Jessica Crawford, Sam Brookes

4:00-4:30 p.m. Travel-Gunniston to Benoit

4:30-5:30 p.m. Tour, Baby Doll House-Eustace Winn


In Gulfport, the U.S. Naval Construction Battalion, or Seabees, are celebrating their 75th birthday.


In Ocean Springs the Charnley-Norwood House will be open from 9am-6pm on June 8th to commemorate the 150th birthday of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  If you’re down Ocean Springs way you may want to pass by the Gryder House designed by Bruce Goff, as it will be his 113th birthday that same day.

Now you can read dozens of historical architecture books for free online thanks to a new library exhibition of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library of Buffalo, New York.  Titles include early printings of works by John Ruskin, Viollet-le-Duc, and Vitruvius.  Vitruvius’ The Ten Books on Architecture is not an original printing (not to Vitruvius’ time anyway), but a 1660 edition that is pretty worth a read, if you remember your high school Latin.


This is certainly not all the preservation news going on in Mississippi.  If you know of any preservation-related news items not mentioned, or if you have more information about a story above please let us know in the comments below.

Categories: Batesville, Carthage, Cemeteries, Churches, Cleveland, Corinth, Demolition/Abandonment, Disasters, Gulfport, Historic Preservation, Meridian, Military, Mississippi Heritage Trust, News Roundups, Oxford, Preservation People/Events, Renovation Projects


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