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The Oaks House Museum to reopen Saturday

JACKSON — After closing for six months for renovations, The Oaks House Museum in Jackson is reopening with a party.

Oaks Sign Jul2010An open house will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Sept. 6 at The Oaks, which is located at 823 Jefferson Street in the Belhaven Heights neighborhood.

The public is invited to this free event that will offer tours of The Oaks and gardens, live music by Joy and Bob Gates on the front porch and children’s activities.

The Oaks, built in 1853, is a Mississippi Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also called the Boyd-McGill House, the 19th-century urban farmstead was home to James H. Boyd, mayor of Jackson for four terms in the 1840s and 1850s, his wife Eliza, their six children and numerous grandchildren. The Oaks is one of few extant structures that survived the burning of Jackson in the Civil War, and three generations of the Boyd-McGill family lived in the house for more than 100 years.

“As one of the few, historic, urban farmsteads in the Southeast, The Oaks offers visitors a rare experience of Mississippi history in a serene, beautiful setting,” says Beth Batton, who was named executive director of The Oaks in July. “I encourage school groups, clubs, community members, and tourists to see it for themselves.”

Beginning Sept. 9, The Oaks will be open to the public for tours from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays and by appointment. Regular admission to The Oaks is $4.50 per adult, $4.00 per senior (age 65 or older) and $3.50 per child. There is a 10 percent discount for AAA members and a 20 percent discount for groups of 10 or more.

Parking for the free open house is available at Belhaven Residential at 730 North Jefferson Street. For more information, call (601) 353-9339 or email to oakshousemuseum@comcast.net.

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