- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Natchez Trace Parkway officials are hoping to save eight historic cottages in Tupelo.

The buildings cannot be sold and they cannot be moved. The National Park Service is offering leases, ranging from three years to 60 years. Tours will be offered later this month.

The location is just north of The Mall at Barnes Crossing.

Interested people will be invited to tour the sites later this month.

“They can either use all of them or just one. With the close proximity to the mall, it would be a great location for a small business,” Natchez Trace cultural resources specialist Chris Smith told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (https://bit.ly/1H6Vdz6 ).

The houses are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Any changes must fit within historical contexts.

They were built in 1936 by the Resettlement Administration as a subsistence colony.

“They were designed as homesteads to get people back to the land,” said Smith. “Each one had enough land for the family to have a garden, chickens and a cow.”

The colony originally had 35 homesteads on 171 acres, each with about three acres. The parkway has been renovating similar cottages on the west side of Mississippi Highway 145 and using them as offices. Most of the houses on the east side of the highway have been vacant for years.

Most of the houses have two to three bedrooms with one bath. The two largest houses (1,700 square feet) have three bedrooms, two baths and a bonus breakfast room. All of them have a small basement, pump house/shed and a barn/car shed.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com


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