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Friends of the Armstrong Library

Christmas Tour of Natchez Homes 2016


2 - 5 pm on Sunday, December 4

$15 ticket for all 4 homes

Tickets can be purchased at:

  • The Armstrong Library
  • The Visitors Center
  • Any of the locations on the day of the Tour

Featured Homes

Glen Auburn
Garner Home
Magnolia Cottage
McMullen Home

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Click on any house picture for a larger view.

Glen Auburn

Glen Auburn

300 South Commerce Street
Home of Ann & Randy Tillman

Glen Auburn, once known as the Christian Schwartz House, is a fine example of the Second    Empire style and is symbolic of the rise of the merchant class in the 1870’s. Following the death of Christian and his widow, well known Natchezians including the Moses and Jones families owned the property. Buzz Harper operated an antique store here and changed the name to Glen Auburn. He sold it to the brother of actor George Hamilton in 1978. After a period of neglect, Dr Richard Boyer purchased it and began restoration. When the Tillmans acquired the home in the 1990s, they continued to make extensive restorations, which show the mansion in its original glory.  

 

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Garner Home

Garner Home

310 South Union Street
Home of Katharine Warren Garner

A Natchez native and member of the Natchez High School Class of 1961, Katharine Warner Garner returned home several years ago and purchased the house at 310 South Union.

She is a talented artist and her home features much of her original art work as well as her many collections.

The house is part of the Natchez on the Top of Hill district on the National Register, locally known as the Natchez Historic District.

The house was built circa 1886.  

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Magnolia Cottage

Magnolia Cottage

35 Homochitto Street
Home of Jackie & Joe Wild

This property was purchased in 1828 by the Mandeville family, who were related to the Postlewaite family who built several houses on Homochitto Street. The location was considered country and the roads were dirt. The house was completed around 1831 as a two room structure. Additional rooms were added over time. Jackie and Joe Wild purchased the home in 1971,  fulfilling their dream of owning an antebellum home. They have renovated the house into a charming Bed and Breakfast, while saving the architectural integrity of the home. The cottage is decorated as it would have been in the 1800’s, using many family ornaments. There are remnants of a diary in the basement.  

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McMullen House

McMullen Home

39 Homochitto Street
Home of Ann & Dempse McMullen

Interestingly, this home was on an early Library tour in the 1970s.

Ann and Dempse McMullen  purchased this property in 1971 and have done careful restoration. During the holidays, they show case their collection of vintage Christmas ornaments, including Belsnickle Santa figures from Germany dating from the 1870’s.

But they have many other        collections on display including period antique furniture,         historical blue china, mochaware, Indian baskets, artwork, early clay pipes, period candlesticks, crockery, silhouettes, and much more. .   

 

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