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LAURI MUNDI - 1847
309 S. Matubba St.
Home of Debby and Jim Lamping
 
Sat., Apr. 7 - 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Sun., Apr. 8 - 1:00-4:00 p.m.

In 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.






STEAMBOAT - 1899
312 S. Franklin St.
Homeowner: Aberdeen Holdings, LLC
 
Fri., Apr. 6 - 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Sun., Apr. 8 - 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Dating back to an 1899 construction, Steamboat was built by attorney, David Winston Houston, for his wife, Pinkie Sykes Houston, whose list of friends included Tennessee Williams and Tallulah Bankhead. The one and a half story vernacular Queen Anne-style home sits atop a gentle slope.The house garnered the name "Ivy Banks" in the early 1900's by its owners because of the English Ivy thriving on the property's front slope and it extensive gardens. The house has an unique five-sided projecting bay encircled by a colonnaded porch reminiscent of a "wedding cake" steamboat, a popular design in vessel that once drifted up and down the Tombigbee River. The current owners have restored this beautiful structure to the grandeur of its time.






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

Fri., Apr. 6 - 9:00 a.m.-12 Noon
Sat., Apr. 7 - 9:00 a.m.-12 Noon

The Magnolias serves the same purpose in 2018 that a former owner, Clarence C. Day, II, once had- to serve as a host site for social gatherings. Dr. William Alfred Sykes and part of his family migrated from Decatur, Ala. to a site just west of Aberdeen to build large plantations. Aberdeen, at the time, was a growing center for trade and an equally popular place for society. The Sykes family meshed with the social scene and soon built large homes in town. Sykes built The Magnolias from local materials for his nine children and wife, Rebecca. Rebecca died just a year after it was finished. However, stories and unexplained noises and sights suggest that she continues to be present at the home. The Magnolias passed through the Sykes family until the death of Corrine Sykes Walker Acker, the great-grand-daughter of Dr. William A. Sykes. Following Acker's death, Day purchased the house. Day furnished The Magnolias to the style of the 1850s with portraits of his parents, Clarence Day, Sr. and Christine Rogers Day, hanging in the home today. He later deeded the home to the City of Aberdeen and a group of volunteers called the Day Commission oversees the Greek revival home's operations. Seedlings from the Magnolia trees that adorn the grounds of the house were planted to grow into the green median of Commerce St. The Magnolias is open year round from 1-4pm Wednesday-Friday or by appointment. A hostess can be reached at 369-7956 for tours and to arrange weddings and other events.






ADAMS-FRENCH MANSION - 1855
301 N. Meridian St.
Home of John Dwight Stevens
 
Sat., Apr. 7 - 9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon
Sat., Apr. 7 - 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Adams-French Mansion was built in 1855-56 by J.A. Pate and J.B. Taylor, the same men who constructed and finished the magnificent Monroe County Courthouse a year later. It was built for Col. John Cox, a wealthy plantation owner of the Wren District who was generally considered one of the richest men in antebellum Monroe County. Col. Cox commissioned the house constricted to be a wedding gift to his only daughter Mary Jane Cox. The groom, Robert Adams, was a successful business man. He later went into the banking business with Mr. Spratt and they started the First National Bank of Aberdeen and the National Bank of Commerce of Mississippi. It is today's Cadence Bank. Mr. Adams was severely wounded near the end of the Civil War and never fully recovered eventually died in 1872. In 1873 Mary Jane married Dr. Anderson H. French, a prominent physician in Aberdeen whose wife had died of pneumonia the year before. They lived happily in the mansion until his death in 1886. Mary Jane lived out the remainder of her days in the house and passed away on Easter Sunday 1898. The house went through hard times, becoming a rental property and then was standing vacant until 1933 when the Masons bought the house for preservation sake. Later they used it as there meeting hall after the Aberdeen Opera house burned. Dwight Stevens bought it in 2002 and restored it to its splendor of today.
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HOLLIDAY HAVEN - 1850
609 South Meridian Street
Home of Mr. & Mrs. Tom Seymer
 
Fri., Apr. 6 - 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 7 - 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Col. John Holliday built Holliday Haven in 1850 and his descendants lived in the home until 1993. Like so many other local men of the period, Holliday was a wealthy cotton farmer who built the home to be closer to Victorian era Aberdeen's impressive social scene. Current owners, Tom and Emily Seymer, have followed in the Pilgrimage tradition for several years by showcasing the home. It and the Adams-French House are the two columned homes with extremely refined facades exemplifying complex Greek Revival architecture in Aberdeen. Upon entering the home, visitors can find 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 the home's 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. The facade of the home has remained the same since it was constructed. Many of the home's furnishings are original to the house and some of the larger pieces were delivered to the Holliday family by riverboat. The home still has other Holliday family memorabilia such as jewelry, scrapbooks and paintings.




BELLA VIDA - 1879
503 South Franklin Street
Home of Mrs. Lynda Coler
 
Sun., Apr. 8 - 1:00-4:00 p.m.

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.




CRESTWOOD - 1894
510 West Monroe Street
Home of Benji and Gina Bender
 
Fri., Apt. 6 - 9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon.

Featuring a double pillared wrap-around porch, millwork, dormers with Palladian windows and lavish leaded glass, this Victorian home was built in 1894 by Annie Acker, widow of Judge Joel M. Acker. The property it stands on has been documented as far back as 1830. In that year, the land on this block of Monroe Street was known as Hooper's Lot. The same land also included the Harrison-Phelan House. The home has 10 rooms and six fireplaces as well as original woodwork and original hardwood floors. Each of the five original oak mantels of the home has its own specific design. Bulls Eye molding can be found throughout the house as can laurel wreath design and spindle wood along the molding in the parlor. The light fixture in the foyer and the pine flooring are original components to the home as well.
 






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

Fri., Apr. 6 - 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 7 - 9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon

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.




SAUNDERS PLACE - 1898
304 W. College St.
Home of Ben and Sunni Bender

Sat., Apr. 7 - 2:00 - 5:00 P.M.

Built in 1898 by former Monroe County Chancery Clerk Houston Gillylen. Sanders Place is an example of Queen Anne style architecture. The house was purchased by Aberdeen businessman, Turner Sanders years later. It is a frame house that features roofing commonly associated with the period. Detail moldings are prominent on the eaves of the wraparound veranda supported by pairs of classical colonettes. The house has mostly remained the same for more than a century inside and out. The interior of the house boasts bright colors in comfortable rooms with a Queen Anne floor plan. The woodwork, moldings and early wallpapers remain in pristine condition. A second floor gallery follows the veranda, building up to a tower with a steeple roof. The house is displayed on a poster in Aberdeen, Scotland, which depicts the Aberdeens found throughout the world.






THE OLD HOMESTEAD - 1852
503 W. Commerce St.
Homeownes: Mr. and Mrs. Caius Dodd III

Fri., Apr. 6 - 9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon
Sat., Apr. 7 - 9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon

Dr. Augustus Sykes bought plantations near Decatur, Ala. And Grenada before making his way to Aberdeen to build The Old Homestead in 1852. Located on the corner of Long and Commerce streets, the house features identical facades facing both directions. Since it construction, the house had a kitchen built in 1912 and porch on its west side five years later, but has remained relatively the same ever since. Some of the original features include interior and exterior doors, floors, mantels, four decorative brick chimneys, 22 rectangular windows, eight fireplaces, stairs, plastered walls and hand-carved woodwork of heart pine. Two of the upstairs mantels came from popular Nineteenth Century American architect, Asher Benjamin. On the backside of the property sits a red barn/carriage house built in Gothic style while the inside of the house contains an array of items from Victorian and antebellum times. The out-building has a separate listing on the National Register of Historic Places in America.

 
   
 
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