LAURI MUNDI - 1847  (First time on Pilgrimage)
309 S. Matubba St.
Home of Debby and Jim Lamping
 
Fri., Mar. 31 - 9:00 a.m. -12 Noon
Sat., Apr. 1 -  9:00 a.m.-12 Noon
Sun., Apr. 2 - 2:00-5:00 p.m.

In 1845, in his quest for new and fertile farmland, the Reverend Turner Saunders, a planter – preacher from Alabama, purchased twenty acres of land in New Aberdeen, Mississippi.  Within the year, construction of a large Greek Revival style house was started, using timbers from the property and bricks made on site.  The house was completed in 1847.  Upon Reverend Saunders death in 1853, ownership of the house was passed to Bishop Robert Paine, who was married to Reverend Saunders' step- daughter, Mary Eliza.  At that time, Bishop Paine named the house Minko, which is the Chickasaw word for “chief”.  This was in honor of the Indian Chief James, who originally owned the land and continued to live there.  In the late 1930’s, Thomas Fite Paine, the grandson of Bishop Paine, became the sole owner of the property.  He and his wife Mary Alice made renovations to the house and renamed the property Lauri Mundi, because of the many Lauri Mundi Cherry Laurel trees on the land.

 

Now 170 years old, Lauri Mundi has been home to six families.  Of those families, members of the Paine family lived in the home the longest, 132 continuous years. Lauri Mundi is currently being renovated by the new owners, Debby and Jim Lamping.

THE MAGNOLIAS - c. 1850
732 West Commerce Street
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Owned by City of Aberdeen

Fri., Mar. 31 - 9:00 a.m.-12 Noon
Sat., Apr. 1 - 9:00 a.m.-12 Noon

Standing 166 years, the Magnolias is a social mainstay now in modern times as it was in antebellum times.  It serves as a destination for brides and grooms, a backdrop for functions of local organizations and a towring home synonymous with Aberdeen.

Dr. William Alfred Sykes moved to the Aberdeen area with some of his family from Decatur, Alabama to build plantations. At the time of the family's arrival, Aberdeen was budding in trade and society, prompting the Sykes to build homes in town.  Sykes built the Magnolias for his wife, Rebecca, who passed away a year after its construction was completed.  It's said Rebecca's spirit still roams the house, as legends suggest she always a good social gathering.  Throughout the years, the home was passed down through the Sykes family until Sykes's great-granddaughter, Corinne Sykes Walker Acker, passed away.  Clarence C. Day II purchased the home and envisioned it to be prime for social gatherings.  He also furnished the home to the style of the 1850's.  Day later deeded the Greek Revival home to the City of Aberdeen.  In his honor, a group of volunteers, the Day Commission, oversees the home's operations.  Driving down the magnolia lined median of Aberdeen's Commerce Street, it's evident to see the home's presence beyond its grounds.  The trees' seedlings come from grounds of the Magnolias.  Besides being a typical featured Pilgrimage home, the Magnolias is open from 10 am until 2 pm weekdays for public tours or by appointment.  For more information on tours or events, call hostess Sarah Kathyrn Wilemon  662.369.7956. 

PREWITT PLACE - 1840
730 West Commerce St.

Home of Mr. & Mrs. James Miles Edwards


Sat., Apr. 1 - 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Sun., Apr. 2 - 2:00-5:00 p.m

Traveling up the hill on Commerce Street from downtown, the first older home the eyes are drawn to is actually one of Aberdeen’s older homes. Prewett Place was built by Col. Abner Prewett in 1840, long before the Civil War was even a notion in these parts. The Magnolias, which was built a decade after Prewett Place’s construction, towers next door.

Prewett had served in the War of 1812 under Gen. Andrew Jackson. His father, Lemuel Prewett, was one of the founding fathers for Monroe County.

The home has six main rooms, three upstairs and three downstairs, in an L-shape with a central hall and a front staircase. It also features an enclosed ‘daughter’ staircase leading to the back bedroom.

In the 1900s, the Treas family lived in the home and remodeled it in 1925 by adding a sunroom on the left side of the front, which altered the porch to its present appearance.




HOLLIDAY HAVEN - c. 1850
609 South Meridian Street
Home of Mr. & Mrs. Tom Seymer

Fri., Mar. 31 - 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 1 - 2:00-5:00 p.m.

There are two columned homes with extremely refined facades exemplifying complex Greek Revival architecture in Aberdeen – Holliday Haven and the Adams-French House. Holliday Haven’s woodwork was inspired by popular American architect, Asher Benjamin, who authored several books on design. Benjamin had a major influence on the image of houses in New England and the South and the Midwest in pre-Civil War times.

Col. John Holliday built the home in circa 1850, and his descendants lived there until 1993. Tom Seymer has owned the home eversince. Holliday made a career out of being a wealthy cotton farmer. He built Holliday Haven as a means to be closer to Aberdeen’s vibrant social scene of the era.

Many of the home’s furnishings are original, and some of the larger pieces were delivered to the Holliday family by riverboat. Some of the memorabilia of the home includes jewelry, paintings and scrapbooks from the Hollidays.

There is Classic and Rococo Revival furniture, period silver and Sevres and Paris porcelain among the décor to view in the home.

Holliday Haven has a central hall with two rooms on each side on the main floor. The right side is a parlor and dining room separated by sliding doors. The left side was once a library where an original wood mantel remains.

The stairs go up from the right side of the hall to a landing which extends across the hall. It then continues up the left side of the hall to a landing over the entrance.

Since it was built, Holliday Haven’s facade has remained the same.

BELLA VIDA - 1879
503 South Franklin Street
Home of Mrs. Lynda Cole

Sat., Apr. 1 - 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Sun., Apr. 2 - 2:00-5:00 p.m.

While it was undergoing its restoration, Bella Vida was opened as a bonus tour for the Aberdeen Pilgrimage to give visitors an idea of what it takes to renovate an antebellum home. The house has been complete and on the tour for the past two years.

The home is one of the last remaining Second Empire-style homes still standing in Mississippi. Its design was popular from 1859 to 1885 and because of the state’s dreary economy following the Civil War, Second Empire-style homes were never popular choices. The architectural style traces to France’s period of major urban development following Napoleon III’s reign as emperor. 

The circa 1879 mansion was once known as the Leftwich-Turnage Home.

Former owners, Mike and Judy Smith, renamed it in the 1990s to reflect the English translation of the Spanish term, ‘good life.’

Bella Vida was built by Aberdeen pharmacist Joseph Eckford, and state senator and attorney George Jabez Leftwich purchased it a few years later. It was later sold to Dr. John and Hershey Turnage in the 1960s.

Bella Vida is a two-and-a-half-story wood frame house with a three-and-a-half-story diagonally placed corner tower. It has a patterned slate mansard roof, unusual posts and spandrels setting off the veranda on its south and east sides.

There are 19 Italianate columns adorning the porches, and the house has five bay windows – two of which have jib windows opening onto wrought-iron bannistered balconies.

STONE'S THROW - 1912
105 West Monroe Street
Home of Ms. Jeri Stacy

Fri., Mar. 31 - 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 1  - 9:00 a.m.-12 Noon

Stone’s Throw, once known as Eikner, was built with Craftsman influence, and its first resident was William Edgar Eikner. Eikner lived in the home with his wife and children until he passed away in 1949. Eikner was the owner of a grocery store in Aberdeen. The Eikner family was prominent for several decades. At one point, they owned a bakery on the southside of downtown Aberdeen across from Lann Hardware.

The Eikner Brothers Grocery Store was located next door to the California Cafe on West Commerce Street near where First Federal is now.

Stone’s Throw is a one-and-a-half-story three-by-two bay clapboard house with a pyramidal roof pierced by a projecting gable bay at its northwest corner. The front porch features battered box columns on brick pedestals.  

LENOIR COTTAGE - 1890
206 South Hickory Street
Home of Ms. Polly Hunter Grimes

Sat., Apr. 1 - 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Major James Peck was one of Aberdeen’s most prominent citizens of Aberdeen in the 1850s. He came to the city from Virginia and established a name for himself as a business-owner and later a wholesaler. Eventually, he came to own the largest store in Mississippi.

Lenior Cottage, a home he built in 1890, was part of a grouping of three homes on Hickory Street that was later known as Peck’s Row.

Peck passed away in 1908, and he left the home to his daughter, who later left it to Mary Lou Mangum Milan and Emma Mangum Lenoir. Lenoir bought out Milam’s share in 1960 and began renovations of the home. 

Lenoir Cottage was built in vernacular Victorian architecture style. Through its renovation, the home has had a new restroom, attic space turned into living space and an enclosed walk-through porch, which created a kitchen and a den.

The attic stairway was replaced with stairs, a stair rail and header posts from the Erma Lambeth House, which was built in the mid-1870s.

Lenoir Cottage’s interior has a mixture of Empire, Victorian English and Oriental furnishings with Persian rugs and period colors to set a more traditional tone for the home.

The home’s back patio features a quaint garden with an assortment of flowers and plants.

MON CHALET - 1854
120 North Hickory Street

Home of Mrs. Diane Rehling Smith

Fri., Mar. 31, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 1 - 9:00 a.m.- 12 Noon

Mon Chalet is quaintly tucked a short walk away from towering giants like Aberdeen City Hall and the Adams-French House, but its full of charm in itself. Upon entering its front door, a mural scene depicts small town agriculture influence, and that’s just the beginning of its interior visual appeal.

John Dale purchased the property in 1954, along with several structures, for $1,800. The property was sold three years later.

Through the years, the classic five-bay Green Revival cottage has been known as Talton Place and the McDearman House.

It has an elegant double front door with transom and flanking side-lights. Its central front gable has fish scale shingles and fanciful millwork encasing the front porch’s square pillars.

Mon Chalet features hardwood, wide-timber floors and bull’s eye molding. Visitors can find rooms on either side of the hall upon entry – one being the parlor and dining room on the left and two bedrooms to the right. The home’s kitchen has been remodeled with new cabinets and appliances, and a beveled glass door has been added at the back.

A deck is another addition in the back part of Mon Chalet.



ABERDEEN CITY HALL - 1912
125 West Commerce Street
City of Aberdeen

Friday,  March 31 - 9:00 a.m -12 Noon
Friday, March 31 - 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Aberdeen’s city government functions daily from this combination of Classical Revival and Beaux Arts style building towering next door to the Monroe County Chancery Building on Main Street.


New Orleans architect William Drago designed the two-story, five-by-five bay building, and reputable Aberdeen builder Addison Brannon constructed it in 1912 at a cost of $32,000. It is one of eight city halls built in its architectural style between 1902 and 1923 in Mississippi. Construction of Aberdeen City Hall began in 1911 during the term of Judge J.M. Acker as mayor.


Some of its features include marble steps leading to a clear view of an intricate dome-shaped Louis Comfort Tiffany glass scene steps away from an auditorium still used for city court. The courtroom features large brass chandeliers and a hand-painted stage.


Balustrades are made of fancy ironwork, and the doors are made of heavy oak.


The building was added to the National Register of Historical Places on Feb. 22, 1988.

 
   
 
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