|TICKETS can be purchased in advance by calling 662-252-2365 or at www.hollyspringspilgrimage.com or you can purchase tickets during Pilgrimage at the Marshall County Library (109 Gholson Ave).
Friday 9:45 am Ribbon Cutting – 4pm , Saturday 10 am - 4 pm & Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm $25 per person$22 for seniors age 65 and older$22 for students age 12- 17 (Call for special school group pricing)$22 for groups of 12 or more (Contact Lisa Childers for group/bus tour information 901-230-3576)
Children under 12 FREE when accompanied by an adult.
Sunday Special – Tea & Tour of Homes $35 with Viking Cooking School’s lead culinary instructor Elizabeth Gourlay Heiskell presenting a demonstration featuring Southern High Tea favorites.
Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged by calling 662-252-2365. Adults $13 and children 10 and under $7
Carriage Rides pulled by a team of Percheron draft horses in antique carriages down the historic streets of Holly Springs during tour hours.
Finley Place -1859 This lovely home features a two-story single bay pedimented portico supported by paired octagonal columns, a trademark of Holly Springs architect Spires Bolling. The home was the lifelong residence of Miss Ruth Finely, who along with her sister Margaret Finely Shackleford, bequeathed the house along with land holdings at Strawberry Plains to the National Audubon Society which makes it’s state headquarters here.
Magnolias Mansion – 1852 – Built by William F. Mason, this Gothic style home features period furnishings, delicate crystal chandeliers and an astonishing circular staircase. The Tudor arched entrance has a door bearing the marks of a bayonet that was thrust through it when the home was raided during the Civil War. This beautiful home was chosen as the primary filming location for the 1999 film Cookie’s Fortune, starring Patricia Neal (Cookie), Glen Close, Liv Tyler, Charles Dutton and more!
Walthall Place – 1848 – The home of Miss Kate Freeman Clark, a well known artist of Holly Springs. Her great uncle was Major General Edward Carey Walthall, who, after the Civil War, was a United States Senator. It was this house that Miss Kate returned to Holly Springs in 1923 after studying art in New York under William Merritt Chase. The home is now owned by the Kate Freeman Clark Turst, which oversees the amazing Art Gallery which was provided for in Miss Freeman Clark’s will.
Hedge Farm – 1842 – Hedge Farm features what is described as one of the best examples of a planter’s cottage in the state. The property has been in the current owner’s family since before the Civil War. The house features a large central hallway, 14 foot tall ceilings and 11-foot doorways, with many original furnishing and portraits. Additionally, the property includes beautifully landscaped gardens, and it retains many of the original hedgerows which were used instead of fencing in the 1870′s and for which the property was named. Once a plantation of more than 2,000 acres, the house is surrounded by 175 acres that formed the core of the original farm.
Montrose - 1858 – 335 Salem Avenue Built by Alfred Brooks as a wedding present for his daughter, Margaret, Montrose shows the influence of classic Greek Revival architecture. The interior features a graceful circular stairway with a niche for statuary, parquet floors, beautiful cornices and ornate medallions in the ceilings. The wooded land surrounding Montrose is an arboretum. Montrose is the home of the Holly Springs Garden Club, sponsors of the Pilgrimage.
Church of the Yellow Fever Martyrs Museum - 305 East College Avenue Built in 1841 by the Episcopalians but sold to the Catholics in 1858, the structure was completely disassembled by hand and moved to its current location. During the Yellow Fever Epidemic, the Catholic sisters and their priest, Father Oberti, devoted themselves to caring for the victims and ultimately died of the fever themselves. Friday & Saturday 10 am – 2 pm
First Presbyterian Church - 164 South Memphis Street Built in 1860, all construction was stopped on the church during the War Between the States, as Federal troops occupied the church and turned the basement into a stable for their horses. Only the shell of this Romanesque Revival building remained when the war was over, but generous gifts from the Presbyterian churches of the North enabled the congregation to complete the building. Be sure to check at Pilgrimage headquarters for details of a musical concert to be held here during the weekend. Friday & Saturday 10 am – 2 pm, Vocal performance on Saturday at 1 pm
Christ Episcopal Church – 100 North Randolph Street Built in 1858, the church features a lofty octagonal spire and 16 stained glass windows as memorials to dedicated church members. The Pilcher tracker organ is the oldest in use in the area today. The organ case is oak and has 40 stenciled façade pipes. Because it has had few changes, the Christ Church instrument is considered one of the best examples of the late 19th century organ builder’s art in the mid-South. Be sure to check at Pilgrimage headquarters for details of an organ recital to be held here during the weekend. Friday & Saturday 10 am – 2 pm, Organ recital on Friday at 1 pm
First United Methodist - 175 East Van Dorn Avenue Built in 1849 and known for its twin circular staircases, the church was used for court sessions after the courthouse was burned during the Civil War. The church treasures a Bible returned by a Union soldier who took it while in Holly Springs. The Pilcher organ was installed in 1926. The organ case has 23 façade pipes and a set of chimes, the only pipe organ in Holly Springs to be so equipped. Friday & Saturday 12 pm – 2 pm
Screen on the Green- Friday, 8pm – Free Admission. Featuring an outdoor showing of the Southern Classic Fried Green Tomatoes on the lawn of historic Montrose following the Killer Kudzu 5K. Join us for a fun night of pre-movie trivia and refreshments. Admissions is free and delicious homemade Southern barbeque plates and desserts will be served for $10. There’s plenty of room on the lawn but don’t forget a chair or blanket!
Killer Kudzu 5K Walk/Run – Friday6:30pm Courthouse Square
Experience the most challenging 5k in the South. Run past towering oaks, antebellum mansions and through historic cemetery. Savor your victory afterwards with free admission to Screen on Green at Montrose. Contact 662-252-1862 or info@kudzu5K.com.
Civil War Re-enactors Bivouac at Montrose- Our men in grey an women in black will set up bivouac on the historic grounds of Montrose and will participate in the Walk Through Time at Hillcrest Cemetery on Saturday Morning.Those participating are the University Greys Camp 1803 Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), Major General E.C. Walthall Camp 211 SCV, and the ladies of Bedford Forrest 448 United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC).
A Walk Through Time, a guided tour through Hill Crest Cemetery – Saturday, 10 am – 12 pm (no tour in case of rain) $10 (tickets can be purchased in
advance or the day of event at the Cemetery gate)
Hillcrest Cemetery is the setting for a walking tour through history as characters from the past come to life in period dress. Local townspeople portray noted persons buried in this historic resting place. Tours begin every 15 minutes at the northwest gate with the last tour staring at 11:45 am. Purchase tickets in advance or on the day of the tour at pilgrimage headquarters or at the cemetery gate. No tours in the event of rain.
Montrose Under the Moonlight – Saturday 6:00 pm
Enjoy true Southern supper under a canopy of moonlight, stars, and old magnolias. Following the presentation of Pilgrimage Royalty, experience an eclectic blend of country, rock, and blues brought to you by local favorites, The Plaintiffs. Silent auction and cash bar. Dinner reservations suggested before April 8th, by calling 662-252-2365.
$25 per person
$15 per person after 8pm. Does not include food
|Photo courtesy of Chelsea Thorne Smith||Behind the Big House Tour- In addition to touring five of the town’s historic mansions included on this year’s Pilgrimage, guests will be allowed a rare look into the lives of Holly Springs’ slave population during the “Behind the Big House Tour.” See another side of antebellum life through these surviving structures and a historic interpretation by Joseph McGill, field agent with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Sponsored by Preserve Marshall County & Holly Springs, the Mississippi Humanities Council and Holly Springs Tourism & Recreation Bureau.