By Ida Brown / email@example.com
The Meridian Star
Those who love history, architecture and charming small towns will enjoy exploring Enterprise during an upcoming spring pilgrimage.
Like similar town pilgrimages, the Enterprise tour will feature historic homes and other impressive local structures. However, that is not the crux of the event.
"In the past, we've done a Christmas tour – the last one was in December 2010," said Martha Buckley of the Enterprise Woman's Club. EWC is sponsoring the spring pilgrimage and Buckley is chairman of the event.
"We have had so many requests to do the tour again, but Enterprise is a small community and there are not enough civic groups to help us out," she said.
That's when Buckley came up with the idea of a spring pilgrimage – one that would not only promote Enterprise's past, but also its present.
"We want people to come to Enterprise – visit our historic homes, but also our restaurants, gift shops and other businesses, as well as our Confederate cemetery and see other interesting aspects of our town," Buckley said.
Three homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places will be on tour during the spring pilgrimage:
• “Aquinisaw," circa 1820-1830 – A Greek Revival/Queen Anne Cottage located at 125 Hand St., on the corner of Bridge Street (Highway 513). The house served as headquarters during the Civil War for Confederate officers. Architectural elements include the front and side porch with railings with Victorian influence in the many details.
• The “Frank-Kilgore" House, circa 1850. The Greek Revival house located on River Road is said to have housed nurses and doctors who worked at the Hunter-Frost House during the Civil War.
• “Twin Gables,” circa 1848 – Located at 220 South Stonewall St., the original core of the home was a log cabin that was added on in a Greek Revival style. At one point during the Civil War, Twin Gables was used as headquarters for the Prisoner Exchange Program. Details of the home include original heart pine flooring, beaded board and remains of the original center hall and faux painting in the kitchen closet area.
Meridian author Annie B. McKee will sign copies of her books at one of the homes, Buckley said.
Also open for tour:
• St Mary’s Episcopal Church, circa 1874 – Gothic Revival located at 106 St. John St. It has a painted blue ceiling with original wood walls and pews. Beautiful imported stained glass windows and antique Scottish bench and Bishop chairs inside enhance the historic period. The church continues to be used for Sunday services and weddings.
• J M Digital – A renovated Chevrolet dealership.
Participating businesses and their tour day hours are: Bridge Street Grill, open during tour; Rustic Rack, open until 2 p.m.; Enterprise Pharmacy Gift Shop, open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; K & L Gas Station quick stop and hand dipped ice cream; A & M fried chicken and gas/ quick stop; Faye & Buddy’s inspection station – hardware, bait and miscellaneous items; Dollar General Store, corner of highway 11 & 513; Chatterbox Consignment, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Korner Stone Dog Boxes ; Stitching Krazy – Embroidery, screen printing & Apparel; Lil Audrie’s Creations & Monogramming; Ivey’s Shotokan Karate Center; Anderson Family Medical Center; Long’s Fish Camp on River Road, opening at 3 p.m.
Enterprise's Town Hall on River Road will be open as a public bathroom.
"We hope to make this an annual event," Buckley said. "Everyone is excited about it, especially the local businesses."
Proceeds from the spring pilgrimage will be used to purchase flagpoles for the Confederate Cemetery at Enterprise.
"The identified buried soldiers are from 12 states. We plan to erect 12 flagpoles and hopefully the flags will be donated from each state represented," Buckley said.
• The Enterprise Woman's Club was federated in 1930 and is a service-oriented club with 18 members.
Want to go?
What: Enterprise Woman’s Club Spring Pilgrimage
When: March 23, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Town of Enterprise
Tickets: $15 for tour; free for 12 and under
Information: (601) 659-7378