Preserving history in Holmesville

Mike Sullivan, kneeling, and Julius Williamson grind mortar at the old Holmesville courthouse Thursday. Contractor Paul Jackson & Son is in charge of making structural repairs to the building. The $284,700 job should be complete by summer. The brick building supposedly served as the county courthouse from 1848 to 1876, when Magnolia became the county seat, but its small size suggests that it was a county clerk’s office rather than a courthouse, according to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The building was enlarged in 1934 when a wing was added, and renovated in 1974.

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