- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

MAGNOLIA, Miss. (AP) - Pike County is planning bicentennial celebrations including a Dec. 9 ceremony to unveil a historical marker at the original county courthouse in Holmesville.

Other celebrations will be in the fall so schools can attend them, Pike County Historical Society president Malcolm Allen told the Enterprise-Journal (https://bit.ly/1HoRdiQ ).

The brick courthouse was built in 1848, after a log courthouse burned.

“Court was held outside,” Allen said. “There were no courtrooms in these buildings.”

The building held a jail and rooms for the chancery and circuit clerks. Court was held whenever a judge passed through.

The building is now a community center. The county seat was moved to Magnolia in 1873.

On?Friday, supervisors approved a proclamation recognizing the anniversary and pledged to buy a $2,000 historical marker.

“We’re all committed to this, because you’re not 200 but once,” Board president Chuck Lambert said.

Earlier this month, the supervisors approved plans to renovate and maintain the old courthouse.

“The structure has got some settlement, causing brick walls to bow and crack, and the floor slab inside the original building has a pretty significant structural crack in the concrete slab,” board president Chuck Lambert said after that meeting.

He said the entire project is estimated at $350,000. The county has a $120,000 state grant; the supervisors have committed $50,000 in matching funds.

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Information from: Enterprise-Journal, https://www.enterprise-journal.com


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