Meridian Star

March 22, 2013

History on display in Enterprise this weekend

By Brian Livingston /
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Mississippi is filled with locations steeped in history.

    More than one of those locations can be found in Enterprise, which on Saturday will host the First Annual Enterprise Spring Pilgrimage.

    "We have a small but rich history and we want to prove that to people," said Martha Buckley, who is a member of the Enterprise Women's Club, which is sponsoring the event. "We have properties such as the Frank-Kilgore and Acquinisaw homes that are great examples of the history of the area."

    The Frank-Kilgore House, circa 1850, is a cottage-style antebellum home located on River Road, while the Acquinisaw home is a little older, circa 1820-1830, that boasts a Greek Revival architecture along with a Queen Anne flavor. It is located on Bridge Street (Highway 513). The Twin Gables home, located at 220 South Stonewall Street, is also another fine example of the Creek Revival style of home building from the 1840s.

    St. Mary's Episcopal Church is a Gothic Revival style dating back to 1874. It is located at 106 St. John Street.

    The goal of the tour, said Buckley, is to preserve the past in a community rich with history. She said the tour will highlight three homes, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, and businesses.

    "The antiques and architecture of the era is unique," Buckley said. "We will also have people dressed in period clothing to add to the atmosphere of the tours."

    Another of the homes that will be on the tour includes the Twin Gables property which was used during the Civil War as a headquarters for the prisoner exchange program. The Acquinisaw home was used by Confederate officers as a headquarters.

    Meridian author Anne McKee will be on hand at one of the homes signing her books. Buckley said McKee is a well known writer and author from the Meridian area who will be on hand to answer questions.

    "We're not sure which home she will be signing books so that will be a kind of surprise," Buckley said laughing. "We hope the weather cooperates but most of the viewing will be inside so don't let that deter anyone from coming and seeing these historic homes."

    All the businesses in Enterprise will be open and showcasing their unique inventories, Buckley said. Enterprise City Hall will also be open during the tour times.

    Money raised during the event will go to the Enterprise Women's Club to help purchase flagpoles for the Confederate Cemetery, which is one of the tour stops. Buckley said the club also intends to use funds raised from the tour to progress their charity work within the community.

    The tours will start at 11 a.m. Saturday and run until 3 p.m. Admission is $15 per person with anyone aged 12 and under getting in free. Tickets can be obtained at any one of the home locations.