Jeannie Hover is the current owner of what is said to be the oldest home in Lauderdale county. The house currently serves as a bed and breakfast in the area, but on Saturday the home will be open to the public for a very special cause.

“We wanted to do an open house, and also we wanted it to be a benefit to Love’s Kitchen. They are trying to build a new building, and they are trying to keep their pantry stocked with food.” Hover said. “We’re opening our house, so that Love’s Kitchen can open their house.”

Executive Director for Love’s Kitchen, Ruthie Vinson-Irwin said she thinks the benefit is an absolute Christmas gift.

“I just want to thank the people in Meridian for their contributions to Love’s Kitchen during the Christmas season.”

While funding for food and the operation of Love’s Kitchen is an expensive one; the final construction expenses of the new building should be addressed, and that final tally is: $140,000.

The Ole Stennis House is located at 8491 King Road in Meridian. The open house begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Admission is either $5 or canned goods to go to Love’s Kitchen.

Want to know more?

• The Ole Stennis House was built in 1857

• Originally it was owned by Hays Rogers

• It was the second home built by Rogers. The first was a log cabin.

For more information on the history of the Ole Stennis House or the open house call (601) 681-6303.

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