By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Lovers of history and old houses have a special treat in store on Saturday.
The Mary Stuart Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will celebrate its 100th anniversary at the Stuart-Stewart-Anderson Home at 433 North Church St. in Tupelo.
“It’s free and open to the public,” said Margaret DeMoville, chairwoman of the chapter’s centennial celebration. “Everybody will get to see the whole house, the upstairs and the downstairs.”
The National Register of Historic Places recognizes the building as the Stewart-Anderson Home, but DeMoville makes a good case for adding the extra “Stuart.”
“Our chapter is named after Mary Stuart,” she said. “She opened an all-female academy in Tupelo. That was before Tupelo was incorporated.”
Mary Stuart married Dr. Robert Shaw Stewart in 1868. He died two years later. She lived in the house and continued to educate girls there until her death in 1884.
That provides the “Stuart-Stewart,” and the “Anderson” came from William Dozier Anderson, who served as a justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court from 1920 to 1945.
The home now belongs to Dr. William Kitchens, and he’s opening it up for everyone on Saturday.
The event will start at 2 p.m., and DAR members will present a plaque honoring the history of the Stuart-Stewart-Anderson Home. The celebration will continue until 4 p.m.
“We’ll have a special DAR cake,” DeMoville said. “We’ll have punch, mints and nuts.”
DAR members have the option of dressing in 1912 or 2012 fashions.
“This is our Centennial Celebration Tea, so we will be dressed in tea clothes or church clothes,” DeMoville said, “but we would love for anybody to come just as they are and enjoy the day with us.”
WHAT: Mary Stuart Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution Centennial Celebration Tea
WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Stuart-Stewart-Anderson Home, 433 North Church St., Tupelo
INFO: (662) 842-7913, or email email@example.com