J.D.R. Hawkins

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Holly Springs Pilgrimage

Last weekend, April 8-10, the annual Holly Springs Pilgrimage took place in Holly Springs, Mississippi. For those of you unfamiliar with the town, it was spared when Union General Ulysses S. Grant invaded in 1862. Deciding it was too pretty to burn down, he set up his quarters in one of the magnificent antebellum homes instead.

Every year, people from all over the world come to Holly Springs to tour these fabulous old homes. Reenactors of Confederate infantry, cavalry, artillery, and southern belles appear to celebrate the event. A king and queen are crowned, and a dance takes place. The weekend concludes with a tour of the old cemetery, where reenactors represent people who are buried there, and tell visitors about their lives.

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