Preserving history

The Deason Home was donated to the Tallahala Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in early 1991 by Mrs. Frances Anderson Smith, granddaughter of Isaac Anderson, Jr. and Sarah Pool, second owners of the home.  Her main stipulation was that the home be preserved as a historical entity for all the people of Jones County, present and future generations.  Another provision was that the house be open at intervals to school children and the general public.  We regularly schedule school field trips and the home is open on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 1 – 4 P.M.  Open houses are scheduled throughout the year and private tours and ghost hunts are scheduled by appointment.  The home also hosts weddings, family reunions, showers and parties.  Visit our website for more information – http://www.deasonhome.org.

The Smiths had a concern for possible school acquisition of the property through eminent domain and subsequent demolition since the home is surrounded by the campus of South Jones High School.  They decided to save the home for present and future generations by placing it on the National Register of Historic Places and this process was completed in 1984.  Subsequently the home was established as a Mississippi Landmark in the year 2000 by the Tallahala Chapter NSDAR. *

The Tallahala Chapter has been restoring the home for a number of years.  The inside is complete.  The decor is from the Victorian era.  The home features authentic Victorian colors in each room and the mantle in the parlor boasts a faux marble finish.  Floors have been sanded and sealed and the home has been completely rewired and re-plumbed.  Central heat and air were installed and the kitchen and bathrooms were updated.  Most of the furniture has been graciously donated by family members and friends.

Over the last year, great strides have been made in restoring the outside of the home.  Late last summer, the west side of the home was completely restored.  Rotten wood was replaced, a gutter was added to prevent further water damage, the beveled wood blocks were sealed and the original sand finish was replicated.  The front of the home received a facelift in the early fall.  Over the last few weeks, the rotten wood on the eastern side of the home has been replaced and this week that side of the home will be sealed and receive a fresh coat of paint!  As money becomes available, the back of the home will receive the same TLC.  It is so rewarding to see this old home restored to its former glory.

 

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*Information from the book Secrets of Historic Deason Home was used in this post.  The book and other Deason Home publications are available locally at Ward’s Pharmacy (Ellisville, MS), Southern Antique Mall (Laurel, MS),  and at the Deason Home and can also be ordered by sending $12 plus $5 for shipping to Deason Home Restoration, P.O. Box 643, Ellisville, MS 39437.  Other books are individually priced.  Information about these books can be found in the preceding blog and on our website http://www.deasonhome.org.

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