Land Trust to hold Remember the Past at Shaw Homestead

Published 7:00 am Saturday, May 11, 2019

The second annual Remember the Past is set for May 18, at the Shaw Homestead outside of Poplarville.

Next weekend’s event will give visitors a chance to step back to a life in Pearl River County in the late 1800s and early 20th century.

The Shaw Homestead was built back in 1885, and was occupied by the same family until 1969 when Hurricane Camille forced the last occupant to evacuate. 

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After securing ownership of the home from the remaining family members in 2007, the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain invested in some repairs to the roof, rebuilding of the grist mill and repairs to outlying sheds.

As visitors tour the dog trot style home with a detached kitchen, they will get a look into what life was like in the early 20th century here in Pearl River County.

Saturday’s event will feature county natives who will share stories of what it was like to grow up here during those times, period tools that will be brought by Elaine Shaw, food vendors, face painting and live music from Darwin Nelson and his wife.

Judy Steckler, Executive Director of the LTMCP, said she has also invited people to demonstrate weaving and thread spinning, construction of pine needle baskets, butter churning, quilting and leather and sewing crafts.

Cow Pen Creek Farm will bring some of their animals for display as well.

Food vendors will be selling hot dogs and sweets such as baked goods and homemade ice cream.

“It should be a fun day and hopefully it will be sunny,” Steckler said.

Several people will be at the event sharing stories of what life was like when the home was in its prime, such as those from the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area and the man who helped the Land Trust get the Shaw Homestead added to the National Register of Historic Places.

“It should be a fun evening. Come see your neighbors and it will be a great day to tell a story about Pearl River County and Poplarville in particular,” Steckler said.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the homestead, located at 1214 Barth Road in Poplarville. Admission is free.

For more information, or to register as a vendor, call 228-435-9191.