Sunday, September 27, 2009

Major work accomplished Saturday at The Cedars thanks to dozens of volunteers

Some photographs from the community volunteer day at The Cedars and a short discussion of why the work was done --- Left click images for a larger view

The Cates-Gaither House on Main Street, Fulton, was the site of a major volunteer effort Saturday, September 26, 2009. The house known locally as The Cedars is the second oldest surviving dwelling in Fulton. A preservation group, Preserving Itawamba County's Heritage (PICH), is attempting to raise the funds necessary to relocate and restore the original part of the circa 1860 dog-trot house.

Saturday between 75 and 100 volunteers devoted part of their morning to cleaning the grounds and the interior of the house. Debris was removed from the lawn and the grass mowed and trimmed. Inside the house all of the recent carpet and padding and several of the newer items were removed and the interior cleaned.

PICH has scheduled a fundraiser at The Cedars for Sunday afternoon, 2 to 5 PM October 18, 2009, and Saturday's workday was preparation for that event called Mississippi Hill Country Heritage Day.

The Create Foundation of Tupelo has approved the Gaither House Project Fund as a special Create Fund --- and donations may be made to the preservation effort online at Please specify that your donation is for the Create Gaither House Project Fund.

Volunteers at Saturday's cleanup consisted of interested citizens from Fulton and the surrounding area, members of the Junior United Methodist Youth group of Fulton United Method Church, and members of the PICH preservation group.

More information about the work of Preserving Itawamba County's Heritage can be found here at this blog. The left sidebar has several links to previous articles. You are invited to join this community effort. Contact PICH President Joel Ewing at or PICH Treasurer Terry Thornton at for more information.

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