PRCC students help showcase Poplarville’s historical homes

Published 7:00 am Saturday, April 19, 2014



POPLARVILLE – Wrought iron markers made by Pearl River Community College welding students will tell some of the history of Poplarville.

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Zachary Schoenauer of Picayune and Zachary Bishop of Kiln made the markers for the Poplarville Historical Preservation Society’s driving tour.

“I like that they’re going to be in and around town for the future,” Schoenauer said. “We can come back and see that it’s had an impact on the community.”

The decorative curls on each marker were made by hand.

“They turned out to be more than just signs,” Bishop said. “They turned out to be works of art.”

Owners of historical homes will purchase the markers, which will be painted with the the home’s name, the year it was built and the name(s) of the current owners, society president Joan Bassett said.

“We are organizing a driving tour of historical homes in Poplarville,” she said “We need to let people know what we have here.”

Thirteen homes are on the tour so far, and she and other members are working on a tour brochure. The society, which has 40 members, also is putting the finishing touches on a museum in the rear of the Poplarville Chamber of Commerce office.

“We’re hoping to open our little museum Memorial Day weekend,” she said.

For more information on the society and its projects, telephone Bassett at 601 795-8736.