The Deason Home in Ellisville recently received a Special Projects Grant from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution to complete the exterior restoration of the southern side of the home. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the Tallahala Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. NSDAR Special Projects Grants Program provides local community grant funding to support projects exemplifying the organization’s mission areas of Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism.
The Deason Home was presented to the Tallahala Chapter NSDAR in 1991 by Welton and Frances Anderson Smith. Since that time, the chapter has worked diligently to restore the home to its original glory. With the interior complete, their efforts have been focused on the exterior for the last few years. The restoration of the southern exposure completes the majority of the work needed on the outside of the home. Windows were reworked, rotten wood replaced and it now sports a bright new coat of white paint. Over the last two years, similar work has been done on the rest of the exterior. The home is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Mississippi Landmark. All work was done under the guidance and approval of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Future projects will include a handicapped access ramp and foundation repairs.
If you would like to visit Jones County’s oldest home, private tours can be arranged through the Deason Home website www.deasonhome.org. The chapter is also making plans for its annual Open House and Reenactment which is scheduled for October 28, 2017, 6 – 11 P.M.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 177,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. DAR members are committed to volunteer service having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org or connect with DAR on social media at facebook.com/TodaysDAR, twitter.com/TodaysDAR and youtube.com/TodaysDAR.