Changes at MDAH Historic Sites

According to the MDAH website, the Old Capitol will be closed for roof repairs. While the work will last at least eight months, the closure is expected to only go through the end of May and has to do with public access to the parking lot in that period.

**Two points for the MissPreser who catches an issue in the architectural description of the Old Capitol.

Old Capitol Closed For Repairs

–posted April 16, 2019

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History temporarily closed the Old Capitol Museum on Monday, April 15, to repair long-standing problems with the building’s roof and dome. The National Historic Landmark property is expected to reopen in late May.

Repair work will begin on April 15 and last nearly eight months. The project will require obstructing the building’s upper-level parking lot, which will limit public access.

“The Old Capitol Museum will reopen when we can ensure a quality experience to each visitor,” said MDAH director Katie Blount. “We look forward to welcoming the public back to the state’s most historic building.”

The Old Capitol is home to a museum exploring the history of the site when it was the seat of Mississippi government from 1839 to 1903. The 180-year-old building is one of the country’s premier examples of Greek Revival public architecture. The massive limestone exterior, copper dome, and grand interior spaces made the Old Capitol the most distinguished building in Mississippi.

The building was the site of some of the state’s most significant legislative actions, such as the passage of the 1839 Married Women’s Property Act, Mississippi’s secession from the Union in 1861, and the crafting of the 1868 and 1890 state constitutions.

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Source: MDAH Online News Release

Jefferson College, Adams County

Less clear are rumblings coming from the Natchez Democrat’s article “State plans changes for Historic Jefferson College,” indicating that Historic Jefferson College, one of two historic sites MDAH operates in the Natchez area (the other is Grand Village of the Natchez Indians), may also be at least temporarily closed or with reduced hours.

NATCHEZ — The Mississippi Department of Archives and History plans to restructure programming and hours at Historic Jefferson College, the director said.

The restructuring, said Katie Blount, director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, is part of a larger plan that is yet to be revealed for MDAH’s properties in Natchez and Adams County, which includes the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians.

“We have a long-term plan for all of the properties in Natchez,” Blount said.

MDAH, however, is not yet prepared to release full details of the restructuring of the Historic Jefferson College properties, and full details will be released at a later date, MDAH officials said.

“What we will be announcing,” Blount said, “is a new programming plan and hours. The work we are undertaking at Jefferson College is part of a larger plan we have for the Natchez area. We are very, very committed to the Natchez area.”

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Categories: Antebellum, Cool Old Places, Heritage Tourism, Historic Preservation, Jackson, MDAH, MS Dept. of Archives and History, Natchez, News Roundups, Renovation Projects


10 replies

  1. I’m stumped but I’m also a novice.


  2. The state’s most historic building; the state’s s most distinguished building? News releases are written by public relations professionals doe public relations purposes. Often contain hyperbole.


  3. Oops, for public relations purposes.


  4. It’s faux limestone, stucco scored to resemble limestone.

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  5. The exterior isn’t limestone


  6. Trust me, I’m watching them very closely with regard to Historic Jefferson College and will be in constant contact about the status of reopening the property and holding their feet to the fire on reopening dates.

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