What Are We Up To?

Oct 042012

Congratulations to 2012 Homecoming Court of Eupora High School!

Homecoming set for October 5, 2012

7th Grade Maids

Sidney Bailey and Rachel Gray

8th Grade Maids

Greer Blaylock and Kaelyn Mitchell

9th Grade Maids

Kaijah (Ke-Ke) Evans and Taylor South

10th Grade Maids

Makenna Gammel and Madison Hawkins

11th Grade Maids

Mary Katherine Brister and Danielle Womack

12th Grade Maids

Katie Bailey, Ashleigh Berryhlll, Kayla Narmour, and Madison Smith

We are looking forward to the annual homecoming parade that passes by our office yearly.









1972 – Homecoming float in front of elementary school.














Eupora Eagle mascot walking down Dunn St. in what looks like another homecoming parade.

Oct 022012

The Vann House revealed many secrets through my limited research in ‘The Architecture of the Old South’ and the internet. Interestingly enough it was built for future Chief, James Vann, of the Cherokee Nation in 1803-1804 near what is now Chatsworth, Georgia. The style of the building and its owner is what drew me to it, consisting of late Federal style architecture and an early Georgian style. James is described below:

…Nearby lived James Vann, the son of an Indian mother and a Scottish-born trader. Vann was a colorful character who had several wives, owned slaves, drank heavily, flew into violent rages, ran his domain like a king, and was finally murdered in 1809, at the age of forty-one. (Mills 91)

The house eventually came to be the pride of the Cherokee nation with its ornate details, large size, colorful interior and ‘floating’ staircase. The asymmetry of the porch is unusual for the time and style of the entire building, something we think his personality had a hand in.


Lane, Mills. Architecture of the Old South. New York: Abbeville Publishing Group, 1993. Print.













Exterior Photograph by Van Jones Martin














Photographs of the Exterior and Interior throughout the buildings’ existence.

Sep 272012

Around the City of Eupora and Webster County one can see historic buildings of all different styles and sizes. Ranging from storefront buildings like our office, Tudor and Victorian homes, and sturdy industrial buildings that were built to withstand many years of hard work, to name a few. It is no wonder why the Mississippi Heritage Trust wanted to educate schoolchildren in Mississippi about the principles of good design while also learning the importance of historic preservation. Starting in 2008 MHT began offering this curriculum to teachers throughout the state to foster an appreciation for preservation in Mississippi.

This in-depth scholastic curriculum was made possible by Mississippi Heritage Trust along with funding from the: American Architectural Foundation, Mississippi Arts Commission and the Mississippi Humanities Council.  Contact the Mississippi Heritage Trust for your free copy, or Download Curriculum Here

Sep 072012

ARTIFACTS Exhibit Poster

Unbeknownst to many there is a marvelously old and enchanting piece of land right in our backyard. Located near Eupora in Webster County MS is what is known as “Old Cove” a 350 acre piece of land that is now owned by Weyerhaeuser and has been identified as a protected “Special Places Area” by Weyerhaeuser and Mississippi’s chapter of The Nature Conservatory. A Special Places management plan was developed and some research done by the Mississippi Nature Conservancy and Mississippi State University to help identify the vast array of rare plants and animals living in this area.

“The cove habitats support many species not found in other types of forested habitats. By determining the different species that inhabit the coves, we can learn more about conserving these unique communities,” said Jeanne Jones, wildlife and fisheries professor. “The cove habitats, in combination with managed pine forests and streamside management zones, support many animal and plant species.” (Quote taken from an article in The Webster Progress)

This 350 acre plot of land is probably the hardest 350 acre piece of land to find if one does not already know the way. It is sunken approximately 100-150 feet below the surrounding landscape with “a stream that meanders through the floor of Old Cove.” (Quote taken from WLBT story 03-04-11)

Old Cove Information

Aug 272012