POSTPONED- Behind the Big House Tour

Due to the growing concerns of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) that has now been declared a global pandemic, we are postponing the Behind the Big House program & tour planned for April 02-04, 2020. This program brings in internationally recognized historic interpreters and attracts visitors from several surrounding states, as well as students from Marshall and surrounding counties in Mississippi.
With those factors in mind, Preserve Marshall County & Holly Springs, Inc. have determined it a prudent measure to postpone this event to a time that is well past the present health and safety crisis. We thank you for your past interest and support and look forward to this unique program’s re-boot, perhaps in the fall of 2020. 
In advance, we greatly appreciate your understanding our difficult decision in this matter and look forward to your continued support in the future.


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.