Food, music, more at Spain House fundraiser

Doyce Deas, front, stands with Karen Keeney and Rob Brandon near the historic Spain House. The Tupelo Historic Preservation Society will host a fundraiser on Sept. 14 to support the property. (Thomas Wells)

Doyce Deas, front, stands with Karen Keeney and Rob Brandon near the historic Spain House. The Tupelo Historic Preservation Society will host a fundraiser on Sept. 14 to support the property. (Thomas Wells)

BY SHEENA BARNETT
Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Spain House’s history will come alive next weekend.

Members of the Tupelo Historic Preservation Society will host a fundraiser to raise money to apply for a grant that will pay for a new roof and a wraparound porch on the house, which now sits on Church Street and dates back to the early 1900s.

The food and music will recall those years, said Doyce Deas, who’s heading up the fundraiser.

“The menu is Southern fare: fried chicken, deviled eggs, skillet biscuits, potato salad, fried pies,” she said.

A pianist and fiddle player will play old-time music.

The fundraiser is 4-6 p.m. Sept. 14 on the house’s grounds, and the house will be open for folks to see it as it is now.

“The fundraiser is in the daytime because there’s no electricity,” Deas said. “The inside needs a lot of work, but it’s not in total disrepair.”

The preservation society hopes to turn the Spain House, one of the last “wedding cake homes” that lined Main Street, into a common ground for area historical societies and geneaological groups.

The society needs to raise $40,000 to apply for the grant, and only about $5,000 has been committed.

Shingles and columns will also be for sale to help raise the money needed.

“That’s the urgency of what we’re trying to do,” Deas said. “We’re also taking donations.”

Music & More

WHAT: Spain House fundraiser

WHEN: 4-6 p.m. Sept. 14

WHERE: Spain House, Tupelo

COST: $25, includes food, with beer and wine for sale

INFO: 401-7891