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,, i . Volume 148 Oldest Paper In Mississippi Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Friday, March 23, 1973 Established In 1824 Number 42 . 1973 PILGRIMAGE EDITION Greetings From Ye Editor! As editor of Mississippi's old- est newspaper, it is a pleasttre to extend o you, our Pilgrimage guests, a warm and hearty wel- come to Woodville's Seccmd Annual Pilgrimage. For this occasion wc have prepared a special edition which contains tour guide information to the homes, churches, and oter points of interest to be visi%ed and also a number of historic sketches and sidelights which we feel will be of interest to both our visitors and local folk. A copy of this issue is being presented to each person ,taking the tours, compliments of the Woodville Ciwic Club. As we tender our greetings ,to visitors, we add hearty oort- gratulations to the Woodvflle Civic Club for .their untiring efforts in making our annual Pilgrimage the outstanding suc- cess which it has proven to be. The Civic Club was formed some two years ago by a geoup of civic-minded local citizens who were willing a'nd anxmus t work in varied fields for E]e bet'terment of our community. The success of the Pilgrim,age and other projects undertaken by the club attests to the effec- tiveness of their efforts. To the president, Mrs. Ray W. Farrar, the executive director, 1Vr. Er- nesto Caldeira, and .to all of the members who have worked so long and hard on the Pilgrim- age, our congratulations for ,a job well done. At the same time we extend cur sincere thanks to all of the mercha,nts, business firms, and individuals who have conbrib- uted in making this. special edition of The Republican pos- sible by extending their greet- ings to you through the adver- tising columns. Residents of Woodville and Wilkinson Country are justly poud of the long ,and honorable history of .this section of our state and nation and take great ILllllll!l A - THE FELTUS HOME Bult by Major A. M. Fel%us, who employed Aud,ubon to come here and teach dancing. This tassic structure built about 1817 been the home of the Catchings family since the end of the 19th century. Home of Dr. and Mrs, C, E, Cat chings. E - THE LEWIS HOME Built in 1832, it was bought four year ater by Col, John South Lewis, who settled in Woodvllle a'bou,t 1800. It has been the Lewis family home for 137 years. Home of M, and Mrs, Gordon L. Morris, @ TOUR MAP 1 tJ,i 0 "" wFrz" 1 ® I i [ I I:L__J I,I / ()l ,ST sour. """ ........  J l ........ I °' THIRD SOUTH ST, "''*"'''''*'i i ,) \\; plde in welcoming you, our visitors, to th annual Pilgrim- age. As you view the may evidences of the roud heritage of this community, may you, too, experience a rekindling of a real sense of pride and ,thanksgiving for the background of integrity, foundation as this ould such a great nation as ous ,be built. A a pecial welcome is extended to the membexs of .the D.A.R. Tour fr, cm Brookhaven. "the Four Season Oar, den Club from intellect and industry which our forefathem disptayed in the McComb, and the Weaver Tour. formative years of our state .and Prat's Tour .and Universal Tra- nation. Only upon such a firm [vel Tour, all f:rom New Orle,nas. 1973 PILGRIMAGE SCHEDULE HEADQUARTERS AT TOWN HALL Friday, March 23 9 o 5 - Mississippi Art Association Traveling Echlbit, Cumbo's Frame Shop, on Courthouse Square. 10 to 5 - Tour of homes and churches. Midday *Light refres,hments at Pilg¢image Shop across from Jefferson Davis Oak. *Hot meah at Gulf Grill at Intersection of 61 and 24, or Glenburnie Restaurant on Highway 61 South• 8 p.m. - United Daughter.s of the Confederacy Tableaux featuring the Davis Dancers, Children of the Confederacy, uston, Texas, ,at Club South of the Border, Highway 61 South. Saturday, March 24 9 to 5 - Mississippi Art Association Traveling Exhibit, Cumbo's Frame Shop, on Courthouse Square. lO to 5 - Tour of homes and churches• Midday - Dinner at Woodville Methodist Church Annex, courtesy of Homemakers Cl:ub. $2 per person. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. - UDC Confederate Ball, Club South of the B;order, Highway 61 South. Sunday, March 25 10 tO 5 - Tour of homes and churches• 10 o 5 - Woodville Art Show, Courthouse Square• Midday - Barbecue, Courthouse Square, Courtesy Woodville Jaycees to benefit Woodville Civic Club,'$3 per person. 4:30 p.m. - Donation of Art Show prize, a framed water color by Paul Habig of Roemont House. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Reception at Rosemont honoring Governor and Mrs. William Waller 'for members f Civic Club with UDC as hostesses. Tickets at Town all only, must be picked up by 3 p.m. Non-members may purchase tickets for $3 each. Pilgrimage Housing Bureau -- at Town Hall. B - THE CARNOT POSEY HOME Beautifully restored sevelal years ago, this home was bttilt by General Cmrnot Posey about 1845 and is a fine example of Greek Revival archi- tecture. Home of Mr. and Mrs. John W, Day. ,,i C - TilE ARGUE HOME Built by Hugh Connell about 1820. One of the oldest houses in Woodille, i't is a gem of the Federal Period and has for many years been the home of the Argue family. Home. of Miss Llse Argue, F - TIlE SCOTT HOME Built ,in 1809 the home was purchased in 1879 by Dr. L. W. Ma:grndex, Sr., who res:tored and added to it. It .was inherited by Mrs. Elizabeth Mgrudr Sco%t in 1915 and is now the home of her d,ughter, MISs Mary Scott, f i ........ .o, , 7 ', , ::::?@:€:*. t,V :, 7 "}:'i ;,' G - ELSINORE A lovely example of an,te-bellum architecture built in this cen.tmry and noteworthy for is faithfulness to detail. It,.is in a romantic setting wdth a long drive of live oaks. Home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl M, 2h'eppendahl, Jr, PILGRIMAGE WALKING TOUR GUIDE 1 THE JEFFERSON DAVIS OAK is loc,ated on the west side of the ,historic 150-year-old Court House Square ,and is a living monument to the President of the Confederacy who spent his early life in Woctville (see No. 17). The present courthouse was built at the turn of the cen,tury. NOTE: Pilgrimage Shop--fea- turing local craft items and art. Coffee and light snacks avail- able. Located in the .IzR Show- room. sponsored by the Wilkin- son County Christian Ae.ademy Patrons League. 2 THE BANK BUILD1NGpres- ently the hmne of the Woodvitle i Public Li'brary. It was built in 1.817 as a branch office of the Bank of Mississippi. With state- hood that year it then became I the Bnk of the State of Mis- I sissippi. (Visitors are welcome in I the library.) 3 COMMERCIAL ROW has for a century or more been an in- tegral part of the town's offices and, shops. The small brick building at the east end of the row was built as a law office by Capt. D. C. Bramlette neat the end of the 19th century and has been used as a l,aw office by four ge'ner, ation of Bramlette a.ttorneys, 4 THE RAILROAD OFFICE BUILDING was built in 1831 as the home office vf ,the pioneer southwest railroad, the Wood- ville -West Feliciana. between here and the Mississippi River .port of St. Francisville. A classic twelve-pillared,* Greek Revival trueture. Lt has been a bank, ,a pos% office, and is now n office butlding., A THE MAJOR FELTUS IIOME (OPEN DURING PII.uP,/MAC) 6 ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH is the oldest Episcopal Church west of the Allegheny Mountains. The orga,n .was im- ported from England in 1827 and was a gift to the church by Major Feltus. The ,rectory is jus,t' north of tle ch,ureh and is D - THE VAN EATON HOME The original part of ths wmrm and inviting home was built about 1830 and added to before mid-century. It was for m,n.y years the home of Judge Van Eaton, who gave to Woodvllle Van Eaton ,Park. Home of M, rs. Peter M. Stockett, H - ItAMPTON HAL1, Built i,n 1832 and a typical example of a beau- ,tiful Southern mansion in a park seVting. At one, time the home of the renowned artist Blanche McManus Mansfield. Residence of Mr. • and Mrs. David, Clay Bramlette, typical of ,the Mississippi cot- tages of the first half of the 19th century. (Visitors are welcome at the churc,h) 7 ST. JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC CHURCH this year celebrates it centennial• (Visitors are welcome at the church.) B THE CARNOT POSEY HOME (OPEN DURING PILGRIMAGE) C THE ARGUE HOME (OPEN DURING PILGRIMAGE) D THE VAN EATON HOME (OPEN DURING PILGRIMAGE) E THE LEWIS HOME (OPEN DURING PILGtlMAGE) NOTE: You ,will pass the Offices of The Woodville Republican on Depot Street. The Republican is the oldest newspaper and busi- ness institution in Mississippi, founded in 1824. It was bought in 1878 by Cap.t• John S. Lewis w,hose grandson. John S. Lewis, is now the editor. F TIlE SCOTT IIOME (OPEN DUBNG PILGRIMAGE) 13 THE WOODVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH is .the oldest hureh building of any deomlination. ow standing in the state• The stained glass window was a re- cent gift to the church. (Visitors are welcome at the church.) 14 THE WOODVILLE METHOD- IST CHURCH was erected in 182 and is the oldest of h*a denomination in MisslssipiM, Alabama and Loutsiana (Visitors are welcome at the church.) BEYOND THE WALKING TOUR G ELSINORE * Located on the left on 61 North, V, .mile from intersection. (OPEN DURING PILOtIMAGE) H HAMPTON HALL (OPEN DURING PILORIMAEE)  • 17 ROSEMONT PLANTATION AND THE DAVIS FAMILY t CEMETERY. Samuel and Jane I Davl:s settled here in 1810 wilh {their ten children, the youngest of whom was Jefferson Davis, U. S. Congressman from Missis- sLppi, U. S. Senator firom Mis- 'sissippi, Secretary of War to Presiden,t Pierce, .and Presidert of the ConCederacy. On he spacious grounds: of the plan- ta¢ion near Rvsemont House is the cemetery with five genera- tions of the Davis family there, the last only a few ago. The home, out-butld,ings, and grounds ,are being reStorecl to the years of the Davis te,- ancy and are open to ,the Public as an historic house museum, *Located one mile East f Woodville on the left of Hwy. 24. Admissdon Charge ........ $1.50 18 BOWLING GREEN PLANTA- TION. Three of the brick pillars of Bowling Green House and the calr.iage house are all .that re- main along with the McGehee cemetery ,:on this ate-bellum plantation. The subject of the novel, "So Red the Rose," it vs the home of nationally promt, :. nent Judge Edward and was tragically burned Northern troops on October 2, 1864. Property of Miss Mary McOehee. *Located on the Jackson Road, two :miles East of Hwy. 81. (OPEN URING PLGRIMAfKE) FORT ADAMS Fort Adams is the county's olde,t settlement a,nd is loctec west of Woodvllle near the Mds :( sissppi River. Having been a mission in 1882 settled by Ia¢her Davion. It survived as a mission until 1764. It became a United States frontier fort in 1799 under • the commnd of General Wil, •, kinson, for whom Wilkinson. County was named. Fort Adams. is the setting for the famous novel ,, "The Man Without a Comtry by Edward j Everett Hale, which made iris ceniral character Phillip Nolan a lnterrttonal fig, qre,