Fourth O’ Christmas Tree series
Published 2:51 pm Tuesday, November 21, 2023
This is the fourth in a series featuring Vicksburg’s Holiday Tour of historic homes. The history of the homes is provided by executive director of the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation Nancy Bell.
Twelve homes will be on display for the public during O’ Christmas Tree, an inaugural event, sponsored by Vicksburg Main Street and the Vicksburg Heritage Guild, as a fundraiser for the Vicksburg Main Street Façade Program. Homes will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10. Tickets are $20 or $25 with a Vicksburg Trolley pass and are available at the Vicksburg Main Street office, Walnut Hills Restaurant, 1214 Adams St., or online at tickettailor.com/events/ochristmastree.
1403 Chambers Street (Saturday, Dec. 9)
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The Thomas and Florence Catchings House was built in 1903, its Colonial Revival style designed by architects Rawson and Paunack. Mr. Catchings was a lawyer in practice with his brother, Oliver, and was a member of the Mississippi Senate before being elected to two four-year terms as Mississippi attorney general. He was elected to seven terms in the U.S. Congress. During his time in Washington, D.C., Congressman Catchings introduced the bill to establish the Vicksburg National Military Park.
1420 Chambers Street (Saturday, Dec. 9)
This Colonial Revival-style home was built in 1905 for Mary and Frank Andrews, an insurance agent with Markham and Andrews Insurance and Real Estate. He also was secretary of the Vicksburg Board of Trade, now the Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce. His son, Frank Jr., and his family lived in the house until the 1990s.