Behind the Big House Historian Schedule

Joseph McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project: Principle historic interpreter within the slave quarters to discuss the domestic lives of enslaved people; he will be on site Thursday, Friday & Saturday.

Michael W. Twitty, Culinary Historian & author of The Cooking Gene: Will be actively cooking on site using antebellum recipes, ingredients and methods; he will be on site Friday and Saturday.

Dale DeBerry & Wayne Jones: Will be displaying techniques discussing antebellum brick making; they will alternate being on site Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Lois Harris: Will be on site interpreting an enslaved person charged with the role of Laundress and demonstrating antebellum methods of doing the laundry; she will only be on site for Saturday.


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.