- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - The first phase of restoration is finished at Cotesworth, a mansion that belonged to J.Z. George, one of the main authors of Mississippi’s 1890 constitution that’s still in use.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports (https://bit.ly/2bdDfH8 ) Senate Tourism Committee Chairwoman Lydia Chassaniol told the Greenwood Rotary Club the home is “shining like a jewel.”

The Legislature authorized $2 million in bonds in 2013 that allowed a nonprofit foundation to acquire the two-story North Carrollton home and start refurbishing it.

The first floor and George’s nearby library have been the initial focus of work.

The house was originally a roadside inn. George acquired it in 1847 and expanded it into a Greek Revival mansion.

George became a state Supreme Court justice and later served in the U.S. Senate until his death in 1897.

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Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, https://www.gwcommonwealth.com

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