Monday, April 11, 2011

Birthdays and the Mississippi Pilgrimage

On Sunday the 27th of March we celebrated Jesse’s 28th  Birthday. Since her brother-in-law, Ryan has his birthday the same week we celebrated for both of them.100_7399

Gideon helps Aunt Jesse open her present. 


On Monday the 28th I packed up and left early the next morning to go to Mississippi to meet up with Darryl. He was staying in lovely town of Columbus, Mississippi, Birthplace of Tennessee Williams. This town has scores of beautiful Antebellum homes and the week we were there they were celebrating their Pilgrimage, the time once a year when people open their homes and gardens for tours. Below is a small sample of some of the beautiful homes in Columbus.

100_7441This home is called “White Arches” circa 1857. An eclectic mix of several different types of architecture.  100_7468 As you would drive by these pieces of living history you would see southern Belles sitting on the porches or walking in the gardens. They were volunteers from the Air Force Base.100_7470 100_7471 100_7473 100_7474 100_7475 100_7431I am sitting in front of the Barrister house, the bed and breakfast where we stayed.  100_7435 100_7437 100_7438 100_7439 100_7440 100_7442 100_7444 100_7445 This is Jackie who co-owns and operates the Barrister House and also manages the gardens at Homewood, Circa 1836.  100_7446 Darryl and I in front of the pool and gardens at Homewood. The house is there but the gardens are designed to show off the stone artwork from Nigeria Africa.  


The front of Homewood.


100_7451 100_7454 100_7456 The back of Homewood where the old house blends with the new addition and the garden.

100_7457 100_7461 Driving around this town is like taking a crash course in  in pre-Civil War Architecture.

 100_7405 100_7411 100_7412 Most of these homes have names out in front and a sign that tells you when the home was built.

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A close up of the stonework at Homewood Gardens.


And the Barrister House. Circa 1832.

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