ADAMS - FRENCH 1856                 
301 North Meridian St.
Home of Mr. John Dwight Stevens

Sat., Apr. 4 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Adams-French Mansion was built in 1855-56 by J.A. Pate and J.B. Taylor, the same men who constructed and finished the magnificent Monroe County Courthouse a year later. It was built for Col. John Cox, a wealthy plantation owner of the Wren District who was generally considered one of the richest men in antebellum Monroe County. Col. Cox commissioned the house constricted to be a wedding gift to his only daughter Mary Jane Cox. The groom, Robert Adams, was a successful business man. He later went into the banking business with Mr. Spratt and they started the First National Bank of Aberdeen and the National Bank of Commerce of Mississippi. It is today’s Cadence Bank. Mr. Adams was severely wounded near the end of the Civil War and never fully recovered eventually died in 1872. In 1873 Mary Jane married Dr. Anderson H. French, a prominent physician in Aberdeen whose wife had died of pneumonia the year before. They lived happily in the mansion until his death in 1886. Mary Jane lived out the remainder of her days in the house and passed away on Easter Sunday 1898. The house went through hard times, becoming a rental property and then was standing vacant until 1933 when the Masons bought the house for preservation sake. Later they used it as there meeting hall after the Aberdeen Opera house burned. Dwight Stevens bought it in 2002 and restored it to its splendor of today.

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

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.

410 South Meridian St.
Home of Mrs. Traci Kent

Sat., Apr. 4 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sun., Apr. 5 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 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 ½ 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.

309 S. Matubba St.
Home of Debby and Jim Lamping

Sat., Apr. 4 - 9:00 a.m. 12 Noon

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.

732 West Commerce Street
Owned by City of Aberdeen

Fri., Apr. 3 - 9:00 a.m. 12 Noon
Sat., Apr. 4 - 9:00 a.m.-12 Noon

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.

205 South Thayer Ave.
Home of Mr. Randy Emerson

Fri., Apr. 3 - 9:00 a.m.-12 Noon
Sat., Apr. 4 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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.

205 South Franklin St.
Home of Mike and Em Walters

Fri., Apr. 3 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sun., Apr. 5 - 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.

HOGUN - LANN - 1850
307 South Hickory St.
Home of Antonio and Toni Rogers

Fri., Apr. 3 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 4 - 9:00 a.m.- 12 Noon

The home is a notable example of the popular architectural style in the early 1900’s. Hogun-Lann is a one and half story clapboard house, featuring a side-gabled roof with clipped gables and a gabled dormer. The Lanns were pioneers in Monroe County, arriving from the Splunge area south of Gaines Trace in the 1820’s and thereby giving their name to the nearby town of Lannsdale. Their decedents became prominent merchants and bankers in Aberdeen and the Lann Hardware store, the oldest in Mississippi, it is still owned and operated by Lann family members. Lann decedents still owned and resided in this lovely maintained bungalow until selling to the new owners Antonio and Toni Rogers in 2019.

503 West Commerce St.
Home of Cais and Linda Dodd

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

Located on the corner of Long and Commerce Streets, the house features identical facades facing both directions. Since its construction, the house had a kitchen built in 1912, and a porch on its west side five years later, but has remained relatively the same ever since. Some of the original features include interior and exterior doors, floor mantels, four decorative brick chimneys, 22 rectangular windows, eight fireplaces. On the backside of the property sits a red barn/carriage house built in Gothic style while the inside of the house contains an array of items from Victorian and antebellum times. The home is listed on the National Historic Registry.

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