Special to The Star
The Meridian Star
Want to go?
What: Annual Enterprise Christmas Home Tour
When: Dec. 8, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Enterprise; featuring three homes and a cemetery.
Tickets: $15. To purchase ahead of time, visit Creekside Antique Store or: call (601) 659-7378; email: marthabno@ yahoo.com
It’s that time of year again in Enterprise when the Christmas decorations and holiday finery are at their best during the upcoming annual Christmas tour. Places to visit show what a love of history many of us have and want to preserve for the future.
This year, Enterprise will feature the log home of George and Pam Belvin; the Greek Revival /Queen Anne cottage “Aquinasaw; and the log home core of the Millbrook Plantation that served as the original home and clinic to Dr. Ascher Wolverton until the time of the 1860s and after the Civil War.
Also open is historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Confederate Cemetery, and Creekside Mercantile Antique Shop (restored old metal shop).
The log home of George and Pam Belvin located on County Rd. 371 (north exit going to interstate 59 from Enterprise) is an amazing work of perseverance that saved three log cabin “pens” from destruction in Tennessee. It took nine years of planning and two years to reconstruct the three cabins that were transported to Enterprise in the mid 1990s.
The original logs date from the early 1800s and great care was taken in reconstruction to preserve the logs. Two of the “pens” are used in the front part of the home and one at the rear. They are connected together by wood lap siding around the sides and rear and protected with a large front porch overhang at the front. The welcoming front door is made from chestnut wood that was saved from a scrap pile and the hardware is traditional hammered metal.
Acquinasaw, circa 1820-1830
Acquinasaw is a Greek Revival/ Queen Anne cottage located on the corner of Bridge Street and Hand Street. The house served as headquarters for Confederate officers during the Civil War and also a location for enlistment into the Confederate Army. The front and side porch has intricate detail with railings and spindle architectural features. Christmas decorations highlight the antique furniture and dinnerware in the formal dinning room and parlor.
Also visit Meridian author Annie B. McKee, who will be signing her books at the Acquinasaw location.
Millbrook Plantation, circa 1825
Millbrook Plantation is a Dog Trot/Log cabin located on Hwy 513 between Enterprise and Stonewall.
The remains of the original log cabin built for Asher Wolverton – the younger brother of Capt. Tom Wolverton, who originally settled on the site – was restored in the 1980s. Young Asher had graduated from the University of Louisiana (now known as Tulane Medical School) around 1853-54 and used the cabin for his home and clinic and also after the Civil War for many years. The property was purchased by the Edward L. Carruth family in 1983 and took years of restoration, repairs, timber- management, beaver and wildlife control and re-establishment of a large population of deer and turkey to bring it to its present forested terrain and peaceful beauty.
The log cabin showcases beautiful antiques and family collections. The outside kitchen was recently completed using some cast off building materials from Beauvoir (home of Jefferson Davis on the Gulf coast) due to damage by Hurricane Katrina.
Episcopal church, antique store
Also visit historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church-Gothic Revival style located at 106 St. John’s St. to view its beautiful stained glass windows and original interiors dating from 1874.
Take time to browse through the holiday decorated Creekside Mercantile Antique and gift shop. Located in a renovated shop and full of surprises that will keep you looking for hours. Mrs. Lin Carruth, owner, has been collecting antiques for many years. Her talent as an accomplished artist and love of history is showcased in Creekside. Everything from old washstands to repurposed tables are on display with many gift ideas for the holidays. Antiques, crystal, silver, jewelry, paintings, garden items, gourmet food packages and floral selections for every price range are to be found.
And drive through the Enterprise Cemetery to view the Confederate monument with listing of names of more than 250 soldiers from 13 states.