(More homes will probably be added)

THE OLD HOMESTEAD (Saturday, Apr. 2 only)
   732 West Commerce Street
   City of Aberdeen


The home's legacy began in 1850 when a prominent planter and physician, Doctor William Alfred Sykes, built a townhouse for his wife Rebecca and nine children, using local materials. Sadly, Rebecca died one year after its construction was complete. It is said today that Rebecca still looks over the home and grounds. The Magnolias remained in the Sykes family for generations and changed ownership to Clarence C. Day II, who later deeded it to The City of Aberdeen. Beyond the Doric style columns, original Bohemia Pot Glass accents the front entry. Furnished to the period, The Magnolias boasts an antique Waterford crystal chandelier suspended  above the landing of an impressive mahogany double staircase. Features that are customary at the time of construction include a brick floor cellar that once served as a family dining room, recently restored, detached kitchen, old well house and smokehouse. The Magnolias is an excellent example of Greek Revival townhouses built in the Upper Tombigbee Region during the antebellum period.

609 South Meridian Street
Home of Mr. & Mrs. Tomas E. 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, and the "jib" windows that open like doors to the front porch are only a few features 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 beautiful landscaped grounds.

423 South Matubba Street
Home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Harrison

Friday, April 10; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
Saturday, April 11; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

Built in 1925 as a reproduction of an 1851 antebellum house that previously stood on the property, The Harrison-Howard house now stands in its place. The original 8,800 sq. ft. structure was the "Widow Blanchard" home in which she lived alone during the Civil War. After the Civil War, W.H. "Woody" Howard offered to switch homes and he lived there with his wife Minnie Bowen Howard and nine children. He lived there until his death. Prior to World War II, the house was destroyed in a fire and it is said that some of the salvageable materials were used in construction of the new house. Rebuilt on a far less grand style, Dr. Frank Foster Kennedy became the best known owner. To our knowledge, four original Doric columns were carefully restored and now stand proudly at the front exterior showcasing a period- appropriate symmetrical facade. Leading to the front entrance, the original brick sidewalk has been uncovered and re-worked. The Harrison-Howard house is wonderful example of a Southern Greek Revival townhouse, newer in construction, but faithful to its predecessor.
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