Homes on the 2014 Pilgrimage Tour


THE MAGNOLIAS - (1850) - 723 West Commerce Street - City of Aberdeen -  This excellent example of late antebellum townhouses was deeded to the city of Aberdeen by the late philanthropist and native son Clarence Day. Prominent plantation owner Dr. William Alfred Sykes built the house at the request of his wife, the former Rebecca Barrett. Mrs. Sykes wanted to move their nine children into town so they could benefit from the town's culture and social life. The house that was already on the site was moved down the street and the Magnolias built. Sadly, Mrs. Sykes lived in the house only one year before her death. During that time, she especially enjoyed entertaining and it is said that her ghost can be felt at present social events held there. Notable features include an impressive double staircase, the Waterford crystal chandelier suspended above the landing, the brick-floored basement dining room, and a restored, detached kitchen. Furnished to period, the house and manicured grounds serve as a venue for weddings and other festive events.
SUNSET HILL (Circa 1847) 803 West Commerce Street - Dr. & Mrs. John McCown - For the first time in many years, legendary Sunset Hill is open to Pilgrimage goers. John Harris purchased six acres of land on a gentle rise west of Aberdeen just before or shortly after 1847 and built a cottage there. A wealthy cotton farmer, William Redd Cunningham, bought the property from Harris in 1853 and made extensive renovations, resulting in the imposing Greek Revival townhouse we see today. Encompassing the front and side elevations, eight massive Doric columns support a deep entablature, and the influence of Asher Benjamin's publication, "The Practical House Carpenter," may be seen in the grand front entrance surround as well as in fire place mantels of the east wing. Sunset Hill is justly considered to be one of the premier Greek Revival structures of North Mississippi and was designated a  Mississippi Landmark property in 1987.

General Reuben Davis, a powerful political force in early Mississippi and author of a well-regarded memoir, "Recollections of Mississippi and Mississippians," lived here with his second wife, Sally Garbor. Mrs. Davis, at the time of her death in 1912, requested that her body be laid in state on top of the grand piano in her parlor and that she be surrounded with roses. Her wishes were honored! 

When they purchased the house, the present owners of Sunset Hill were faced with massive structural, mechanical and cosmetic problems. Now, the beautifully resotred house is finally open to the public, and the result is well worth our wait.




HOLIDAY HAVEN - (1850) 609 South Meridian Street - Mr. & Mrs. Tom Seymer - Holiday Haven, one of the great mansions of Monroe County, remained in the Holiday family until 1993. A family of substance, the Holidays' home was filled with fine period furniture and art. Many of the pieces remain in the house. This Greek Revival townhouse is remarkable for the meticulous detailing. Splendid gilded valances grace the windows of its formal rooms, amd the "jib" windows that open like doors to the front porch are only a few feature in the house. The present owners have restored the property to its antebellum glory and have included their own collection of antique Sevres and Paris porcelain and fine furniture. The house sits in the midst of beautifull landscaped grounds.
THE HARRISON-PHELAN HOUSE (Circa 1839) 519 West Monroe Street - Mr. and Mrs. Jan H. Krummrich - This Greek Revival planter's cottage is believed to be the oldest house now standing in Aberdeen. A two-room "saddlebag" cabin facing Franklin Street, built sometime in the 1830's, was given a classical facade facing Monroe Street and greatly expanded circa 1848 by Richard Harrison. A physician and planter, Harrison became a Confederate Colonel and later a Brigadier General in command of Mississippi's famous "Camel Regiment." During the Civil War, Judge James Phelan lived here. He was a distinguished statesman and jurist, and, at the time of the war was one of two senators from Mississippi to serve the Confederate government at Richmond.

Replete with Asher Benjamin-influenced interior and exterior architectural details, The Harrison-Phelan House has been named a Mississippi Landmark. The home's carefully chosen Federal and Classical period furniture, décor, and decorative arts are faithful to the antebellum period. Antiques and history buffs will enjoy touring here.
LENOIR COTTAGE - (1890) 206 South Hickory Street - Mr. & Mrs. Robert Grimes - Upon moving to Aberdeen from Lenoir Plantation in Muldon, Mrs. Emma Lenoir christened the house Lenoir Cottage. One of the four houses in an enclave known as "Peck's Row," Lenoir Cottage's steeply pitched gables and delicate fretwork mark it as an example of the rich tradition of Victorian vernacular architecture in Aberdeen. Mrs. Lenoir made it her home until her death in l988. The present owners did extensive remodeling including transforming attic space into a living area. This delightful home is beautifully decorated with fine English and Oriental antiques and the house is set amid enticingly landscaped grounds.



THE SHADOWS - (1907) 511 South Matubba Street - Mr. & Mrs. Dwayne Carlock - Shadows was built by Dan Irvine Howard and he and his family lived there until 1910 when he moved his family to Virginia. Howard's restless nature caused him to move his family around the country returning now and then to Aberdeen only to leave again. However, in 1918, he returned to Aberdeen and repurchased the house only to sell it to J. A. Fraser of Missouri. The house was sold to various people over the next years which caused it to suffer many indignities. Just before World War II, it was even divided into apartments. The Ted Nickerson family purchased the house in 1992 and found that ceilings had collapsed onto floors and the downstairs had been neglected. They began to renovate the house and were still doing so when his job transferred them to Canada. The present owners purchased the house in 2010 and have done extensive repairs both inside and outside. They have filled the house with turn-of-the century heirlooms, some original to the house and some family ones.
SANDERS PLACE - (c. 1898) 204 College Place - Ben & Sunni Bender - This beautiful, well preserved Queen Anne Victorian home was built by Houston S. Gilleylen, a Monroe County Chancery Clerk, in 1898. Mr. Gilleylen was born in Monroe County in 1853, married Alice Dowd in 1886, and they had four children. Mr. Turner Sanders purchased the home and his descendants resided in the home for about 80 years.  This home has witnessed many historical events, including turn-of-century from Victorian manners to roaring 20's, wars, and many technological changes.
Sanders Place includes the original home and carriage house structures. It features an attic which covers the third floor, and a cellar where remnants of the coal used for heating can be seen. The home also features the original patterned tin roof, tuscan columns, wrap-around porch, and a three-story round tower, all popular at the time of construction.
The interior has a comforting "personality" due to all the previous owners. The front and rear staircases, 8-foot pocket doors, stained glass windows, wood shutters, and nine fireplace mantles are in excellent condition. Although the back screened porch was enclosed and modern conveniences added, this home embraces and causes reflection of our cherished family histories, past, present, and future.
The current owners are still in the process of decorating as they have only recently purchased the home.
  SUNSET MANOR - (1836 & 1865) 205 S. Thayer Avenue - Mr. & Mrs. David Howell - A Southern Town cottage with four fluted Doric solumns on the front with four interior rooms which are 20x20x14 with a 16x40 division hall, opening onto a Loggia with bedrooms on each side. A dog trot was built separating the main house from the kitchen. The back two rooms are remainders of a four-room built by Mr. Thomas Coopwood in 1836 from a local brick kiln and the wooden Southern town cottage in 1856 by Mr. Charles Gates. Four generations of the Monroe Howell family have lived continually in the house since 1910.
NEVILLE PLACE - (c. 1905) - 510 South Franklin Street - Mr. & Mrs. Mark Fielding - Around the turn of the century, Robert Alexis Neville came to Aberdeen and built a fine home on fashionable Silk Stocking Row. The vernacular Queen Anne house was one of the earliest dwellings in the city constructed with indoor plumbing and may have been the first to connect with the city's water system which dates to 1904. It is, perhaps, the most elaborate vernacular cottage of that era extant in Aberdeen, with generous, high-ceilinged rooms, original woodwork, and lovely leaded glass. Neville Place is notable for its period architectural integrity and detail. Many homes from that time have fallen prey to the vagaries of fashion and been altered, but in the case of Neville Place, benign neglect has proved to be a blessing. The present owners embarked on a sensitive conservation program, preserving the treasures of the past while including the amenities necessary for contemporary life. Elegant Neville Place is new to Pilgrimage and we think that our guests will find a visit here to be most rewarding!
 
 
 
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