Behind the Big House, April 20-22, 2018

During the Holly Springs Pilgrimage, guests will be allowed a rare look into another side of antebellum life through a surviving slave dwelling with historic interpretations by Joseph McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project, as featured in the 2016 February/March GARDEN & GUN. Culinary Historian, Michael W. Twitty will discuss the cooks of antebellum kitchens and the lives of enslaved people’s unique role in giving the South her mother cuisine. Twitty, selected for a 2016 TED Fellowship and author of the recently published The Cooking Gene, will conduct food demonstrations throughout the program. Additional historic interpreters will illustrate the roles of an antebellum brick maker and laundress.

For information call (901) 336-4090 or email


Preserve Marshall County & Holly Springs, Inc. (501c3) formed in 2005 with the hope of bringing historic preservation advocacy and educational outreach to the community. As one of our inaugural undertakings we acquired Chalmers Institute and are currently working to not only pay off the bank note on the property but to stabilize and eventually rehabilitate Chalmers Institute into regional resource once more. Constructed in 1837, Chalmers Institute, was Mississippi’s first legislatively recognized University. Within these walls countless leaders, writers, educators, and citizens received the educational foundations that would help to shape their lives, careers, and region’s history. Its enrollment actively continued until 1879 when it became another casualty of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878. This proud structure entered its second life as residence until the 1980s. It now awaits its third life as a contributing member of the community with your help.