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Merrehope preparing for 50th Annual Trees of Christmas

For the past fifty years, the 160-year-old Merrehope home, along with the F.W. Williams home, have been decorated with a variety of themed trees to represent the history behind them.

“It’s fifty and fabulous. Many people have come through the years. Many people have never come. We invite everyone to make this your special holiday adventure. Come and see the history, see the beautiful things that we have, see the handwork, hear of the stories of the creation of this foundation, and of all these years.” -Betty Lou Jones, President of the Meridian Restoration Foundation

The Merrehope home is one of only six left after Sherman made his march through Meridian during the Civil War.

“There’s so much history, so many memories, so many beautiful things, and so open to this community. These houses belong to this community, and everyone that lives here thinks that they own part of these houses. We even have ghosts you might visit when you come here.” -Jones

The tours begin on November 16th and go until December 29th. Tour prices for adults are $10 for both houses, $5 for one hour, $9 for seniors, veterans, and groups of ten or more. The cost for students is $5, and children under six are admitted for free. There will be a Champagne Gala complete with holiday refreshments and music on Thursday from 6-8pm. Tickets are $20 per person, and children under 12 are admitted for free.

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