By Carolyn Bahm
HOLLY SPRINGS More than half a century old and still going strong, the Holly Springs Pilgrimage is set to feature 10 historic structures this year.
The 58th annual pilgrimage is slated for April 18-20, spotlighting seven antebellum homes and three churches. The Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery and the Marshall County Historical Museum are also open during this three-day event, sponsored by the Holly Springs Garden Club.
Special events include church organ recitals by Dr. William K. Wymond of Jackson, a display of flags at Hillcrest Cemetery and an arts and crafts fair. For those who want an old-fashioned ride, teams of Percheron draft horses will pull antique carriages down historic streets between the pilgrimage homes.
The 52nd Tennessee String Band will perform at Montrose on that Saturday, and the 17th Mississippi Confederate Regiment will stage a re-enactment on the grounds.
Pilgrimage homes will show a tatting demonstration by Louise Klomps, a display of T. Puterbaugh Gill’s pottery, Audrey Peterson’s unique candles, Garrie Colhoun’s Civil War artifacts and portraits by Dianne Gill.
Evening entertainment on that Friday and Saturday includes a walking tour through history at Hillcrest Cemetery, starting around 5:30 p.m. Characters from Holly Springs’ past will be costumed in period dress to guide the twilight tour, followed by a dinner on the grounds of Whittens. (Whittens is the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Thomas and is adjacent to the First Presbyterian Church of Holly Springs.) The event will include performances by the Rust College a cappella choir and the 17th Mississippi Confederate Regiment. Combination tour and dinner tickets are $20, and reservations are required by April 13.
A brief ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the opening of the pilgrimage at 10 a.m. on April 18 on the steps of historic Montrose. The 1996 Pilgrimage Queen, Anne Lorraine Buchanan, and her escort, Andrew McDade Seale, will be presented.
The three churches on tour will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with daily organ recitals at 1:30 p.m. on these days: Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, Friday at Christ Episcopal Church and Saturday at First United Methodist Church.
Morning homes, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., include White Pillars, Walter Place, Dunvegan and Montrose. Homes on the afternoon tour, open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., are The Terrace, Latoka, Cedarhurst and Montrose.
Tickets are $12 for each tour or $20 for both. Tickets are available at the Marshall County Library.
For more information, write to the Holly Springs Garden Club, P.O. Box 696, Holly Springs, MS 38635, or call 252-4175 or 252-1755 after 5 p.m.