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PREWETT PLACE - 1840
730 West Commerce St.
Home of Jim and Pam Edwards

Sat., Apr. 6 - 2:00 p. m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sun., Apr. 7 - 1:00 p. m. - 4:00 p.m.

Traveling up the hill on Commerce Street from downtown, the first older home they eyes are drawn to is actually one of Aberdeen's oldest homes. Prewett Place was built by Col. Abner Prewett in 1840, long before the Civil War was even a notion in these parts. The Magnolias, which was built a decade after Prewett Place's construction, towers next door. The home has six main rooms, three upstairs and three downstairs, in an L-shape with central hall and a front staircase. It also features an enclosed daughter's staircase leading to the back bedroom. In the 1900's the Treas family lived in the home and remodeled it in 1925 by adding a sunroom on the left side of the front, which altered the porch to its present appearance.

LAURI MUNDI - 1847
309 S. Matubba St.
Home of Debby and Jim Lamping

Sat., Apr. 6 - 9:00 a.m.-12 Noon
Sat., Apr. 6 - 2pm - 5pm

In 1845, in his quest for new and fertile farmland, the Reverend Turner Saunders, a planter - preacher from Alabama, purchased twenty acres of land in New Aberdeen, Mississippi. Within the year, construction of a large Greek Revival style house was started, using timbers from the property and bricks made on site. The house was completed in 1847. Upon Reverend Saunders death in 1853, ownership of the house was passed to Bishop Robert Paine, who was married to Reverend Saunders' step-daughter, Mary Eliza. At that time, Bishop Paine named the house Minko, which is the Chickasaw word for "chief". This was in honor of the Indian Chief James, who originally owned the land and continued to live there. In the late 1930's, Thomas Fite Paine, the grandson of Bishop Paine, became the sole owner of the property. He and his wife Mary Alice made renovations to the house and renamed the property Lauri Mundi, because of the many Lauri Mundi Cherry Laurel trees on the land. Now 170 years old, Lauri Mundi has been home to six families. Of those families, members of the Paine family lived in the home the longest, 132 continuous years. Lauri Mundi is currently being renovated by the new owners, Debby and Jim Lamping.

THE MAGNOLIAS - C. 1850
732 West Commerce Street
Owned by City of Aberdeen

Fri., Apr. 6 - 9:00 a.m.-12 Noon
Sat., Apr. 6 - 9:00 a.m.-12 Noon
Sun., Apr. 7 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Magnolias serves the same purpose in 2018 that a former owner, Clarence C. Day, II, once had- to serve as a host site for social gatherings. Dr. William Alfred Sykes and part of his family migrated from Decatur, Ala. to a site just west of Aberdeen to build large plantations. Aberdeen, at the time, was a growing center for trade and an equally popular place for society. The Sykes family meshed with the social scene and soon built large homes in town. Sykes built The Magnolias from local materials for his nine children and wife, Rebecca. Rebecca died just a year after it was finished. However, stories and unexplained noises and sights suggest that she continues to be present at the home. The Magnolias passed through the Sykes family until the death of Corrine Sykes Walker Acker, the great-grand-daughter of Dr. William A. Sykes. Following Acker's death, Day purchased the house. Day furnished The Magnolias to the style of the 1850s with portraits of his parents, Clarence Day, Sr. and Christine Rogers Day, hanging in the home today. He later deeded the home to the City of Aberdeen and a group of volunteers called the Day Commission oversees the Greek revival home's operations. Seedlings from the Magnolia trees that adorn the grounds of the house were planted to grow into the green median of Commerce St. The Magnolias is open year round from 1-4pm Wednesday-Friday or by appointment. A hostess can be reached at 369-7956 for tours and to arrange weddings and other events.


GREGG-HAMILTON -1850
410 South Meridian St.
Home of Mrs. Traci Kent

Fri., Apr. 5 - 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 6 - 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Built in 1850, Gregg-Hamilton House, a designated Mississippi Landmark, has seen much history. Local legend holds that it was used as a stop on the underground railroad. It was used as a commissary during the Civil War and still contains a jail-type cell in the basement. After the Civil War it was home to the indomitable Molly Garth Gregg, widow of Confederate Brigadier General, John Gregg. Molly took in orphaned girls and became a successful cotton planter and cornerstone of Aberdeen society. She had an addition built on the house and lived there until her death.

Gregg-Hamilton is a planter’s cottage with Italianate influences. The 1 and ˝ story structure features 4 eyebrow windows and 5 steamboat windows. The interior woodwork demonstrates a variety of styles, with the center hall featuring a gothic newel post and wainscotting. The home retains much of its original purple exterior sidelight and transom glass and has beautiful red and blue glass interior transoms. Gregg-Hamilton is currently the home of Mrs. Lynnwood Kent and her daughters.


SUNSET MANOR - 1852
205 South Thayer Ave.
Home of Mr.Randy Emerson

Fri., Apr. 5 - 9:00 a.m.-12 Noon
Sat., Apr. 6 - 9:00 a.m.-12 Noon

Built in the late 1840’s, the brick part being built in 1838. The brick part is believed to be the oldest building in Monroe County and was at one time the kitchen and family/dining room. The home was owned by Mr. Thayer from 1852 until it sold to the Howell family in the early 1900’s and remained in the family until it was purchased by Mr. Randy Emerson from Hamilton, Alabama in 2018 and has gone through a complete restoration. A true historic treasure.


DUNLEE - 1853
301 High St.
Home of Lee Gray and Francis Turnage

Fri., Apr. 5 - 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 6 - 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Dunlee, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Lee Turnage, is a Greek revival style cottage, built in 1853 by Dr. William A. Dunklin, who was a local physician, planter and cotton buyer. Dunlee is a fine representation of cottages of the period, with its simple pedimented front gable porch set perpendicular to the main roof, supported by two pairs of Doric box columns. The double front doors are accented by the side and transom lights. On either side of the front porch are 12-over-12 double hung windows.

The interior of the home has random width heart pine floor boards and unique “dog-eared” surrounds on many of the doors and the fireplaces. The house has undergone many changes over the years; it is believed that the front rooms and hallway are the original floor plan. Many of the furnishings are typical of the antebellum period. Also two of the original dependencies remain, the smokehouse and kitchen. The kitchen has been remodeled to serve as a guesthouse. The grounds contain a rose garden and a vegetable garden, as well as patios for outdoor living.

MON CHALET - 1854
120 South Hickory St.
Home of Mrs. Diane Rehling-Smith

Fri., Apr. 5 - 9:00 a.m.- 12 Noon
Fri., Apr. 5 - 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Mon Chalet is quaintly tucked a short walk from towering giants like Aberdeen City Hall and the Adams-French House, but it’s full of charm itself. Upon entering the front door, a mural scene depicts a small-town agriculture influence, and that’s just the beginning of it interior visual appeal. John Dale purchased the property in 1854, along with several structures for $1,800. The property was sold three years later. Through the years, the classic five-bay Green Revival cottage has been known as Talton Place and the McDearman House. It has an elegant double front door with transom and flanking side-lights. Its central front gable has fish scale shingles and fanciful millwork encasing the front porch’s square pillars. Mon Chalet features hardwood, wide-timber floors and bull’s eye molding. Visitors can find rooms on either side of the hall upon entry-one being the parlor and two bedrooms to the right. This home’s kitchen has been remodeled with new cabinets and appliances, and a beveled glass door has been added at the back. A deck and pagoda is another addition in the back part of Mon Chalet.


BELLA VIDA - 1879
503 South Franklin Street
Home of Mrs. Lynda Cole

Sun., Apr. 7 - 1:00-4:00 p.m.

The home is one of the last remaining Second Empire-style homes still standing in Mississippi. Its design was popular from 1859 to 1885 and because of the state's dreary economy following the Civil War, Second Empire-style homes were never popular choices. The architectural style traces to France's period of major urban development following Napoleon III's reign as emperor. The circa 1879 mansion was once known as the Leftwich-Turnage Home. Former owners, Mike and Judy Smith, renamed it in the 1990s to reflect the English translation of the Spanish term, 'good life'. Bella Vida was built by Aberdeen pharmacist Joseph Eckford, and state senator and attorney George Jabez Leftwich purchased it a few years later. It was later sold to Dr. John and Hershey Turnage in the 1960s. Bella Vida is a two-and-a-half-story wood frame house with a three-and-a-half-story diagonally placed corner tower. It has a patterned slate mansard roof, unusual posts and spandrels setting off the veranda on its south and east sides. There are 19 Italianate columns adorning the porches, and the house has five bay windows - two of which have jib windows opening onto wrought-iron bannistered balconies.

WATKIN'S HILL - 1897
205 South Meridian St.
Home of Mike and Em Walters

Fri., Apr. 5 - 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sun., Apr. 7 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Watkins home is located on Aberdeen’s Victorian gateway, “Silk Stocking Row.” Built by Dr. Robert Wendall in 1897 in the Queen Anne style. The Watkins family were large plantation owners in the Aberdeen area prior to the Civil War. An earlier house stood on the property from the 1870’s.In 1920, W.B Watkins purchased the house and began extensive remodeling. The original Victorian features were meshed into a more spacious Prairie style to accommodate the large Watkins family and several rooms were added. The architectural design was changed from Victorian to American Foursquare, which was popular in the Post-Victorian era. This included a spacious attic under the hipped roof and the basement. Its current owners purchased the home in 2018 and are doing extensive renovations to the home. It is a work in progress.


McKINNEY HOUSE - c. 1902
100 East Canal St.
Home of Mr. Stephen Neil Palmer

Fri., Apr. 5 - 9:00 a.m.-12 Noon
Sat., Apr. 6 - 9:00 a.m.-12 Noon

McKinney Cottage ca. 1902 is a late turn of the century Victorian which was restored in 2017-2018. It is decorated in a mixed eclectic style the resident calls New Orleans meets Aberdeen and has become the talk of the town. It shined during the 2018 holiday season as a fund raiser for Save Aberdeen Landmarks. It has been featured in several articles and photo shoots since it's restoration.


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