Tour Pearl River County’s Shaw Homestead

For several years, I’ve been hearing about the Shaw Homestead in Pearl River County, and I’m excited to see on the Facebook page of the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area that it will be open for tours next Saturday, November 17.

Take a step back in time and explore the Historic Shaw Homestead in the Barth community of Poplarville, MS. The Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain invites you to attend an open house on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 10 am to 3 pm at 1214 Barth Road in Poplarville, MS.

The open house will feature historic information about the homestead and the area during the timber boom during the late 1800’s, early 1900’s. There will also be vendors and exhibitors displaying goods and crafts from that time period. This event is made possible in part by funding through the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation.

Visitors will get to hear stories from locals telling guests about their childhood growing up on a homestead. Podcasts will be available about cattle ranching and sheep shearing, logging, canning, and other information about the time period. Vendors and Exhibitors will be available to demonstrate homestead activities.

This homestead site was established in 1885 and housed the same family for generations until Hurricane Camille. When the property was donated by the family to the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain (LTMCP) in 2007, many items were found just as they were left in 1969. The historic site features a dog-trot log cabin, detached kitchen, tractor shed with grist mill, jar house, smoke house, sheep dip, and corn crib and offers a complete picture of rural life in Pearl River County during the Timber Boom in Mississippi. For more information about this program or to register as a vendor or exhibitor, call the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain at 228-435-9191.

Additional information about the Shaw Homestead and the work of the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain may be found on their website at

Categories: Preservation People/Events, Urban/Rural Issues, Vernacular Architecture


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