Five homes highlight ‘Christmas in Holly Springs’ tour

By Ginna Parsons/NEMS Daily Journal

HOLLY SPRINGS – Holly Springs will celebrate its 175th birthday Nov. 30-Dec. 2 with the annual “Christmas in Holly Springs” tour of homes.
The tour, sponsored by the Marshall County Historical Museum, consists of five houses not usually open to the public to visit.
• Burton Place, built in 1848, has walls that are two feet thick with two sets of frames for each window. The federal home contains many original pieces of furniture including the “Sam Houston” bed.
• Polk Place, built about 1839, was used as the First Episcopal Church. In 1903, architect Theodore C. Link put his magic touches onto this house, adding artistic details such as columns, porticos and a dry moat, which surrounds the home.
• Graystone was built in 1838 by Dr. F.W. Dancy, who moved to Holly Springs from south Alabama. The home is known for its Georgian Revival elements, which dominate the home’s structure.
• Wall Doxey House was built in 1891 by the father of Sen. Wall Doxey. The house combines many architectural elements of the Prairie style, as well as federal and antebellum details, such as the 12-foot ceilings.
• Finley Place was built in 1857 by Mrs. Rufus Jones for her daughter. The home is built in Greek revival style but has a federal design on the interior. The home was donated to the Audubon Society in 1998 by Ruth Finley in honor of her parents, who were large supporters of the organization.
Tickets for the home tour are $20 each, or $15 if ordered before Nov. 24. The price for 10 or more advance tickets is $12 each. The homes will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
Other highlights of the weekend include:
On Friday night, Sen. Roger Wicker will speak at the lighting and unveiling of the Christmas tree on the historic town square.
On Saturday, the Christmas parade will begin around the square at 5 p.m. Alderman Nancy Hutchens will be the grand marshal.
On Sunday, the Rust College A’Cappella Choir will perform at 6 p.m. at the Morehouse Auditorium on campus.
To order tickets or for more information, call (662) 252-3669.

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To order tickets or for more information, call (662) 252-3669.

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