The Oaks House Museum

I recently enjoyed a visit to The Oaks House Museum on Jefferson Street in Jackson.  The building is one of Jackson’s oldest surviving homes having been built in about 1853.  The house was part of a 4 acre urban farmstead which would have been near to the center of the capital city.  The Oaks is one of few buildings to have survived the burning of Jackson in the Civil War…

The Oaks House Museum

I was meeting with a group of friends who gather for lunch once a month…

The Oaks House Museum

We were fortunate to have Cecile Wardlaw as our guide as she has been instrumental in the garden restoration and is very knowledgable about the history of this place.  The garden has been restored to the Victorian period and contains heirloom roses, camellias and native perennials…

The Oaks House Museum

A gravel footpath runs around the perimeter of the garden making it easy to walk around and enjoy.

a kitchen herb garden entices…

The Oaks House Museum

behind the house is the cistern…

The Oaks House Museum

the dairy house…

The Oaks House Museum

The Oaks House Museum

The Oaks was built by the Boyd family and is also known as Boyd House.  James Hervey Boyd served Jackson as mayor for four terms and was an alderman for at least six terms.  He and his wife Eliza raised their six children in the home.  Three generations of the Boyd family would call this place home for more than one hundred years.

The cottage contains period furnishings which include many pieces from the Boyd family…

The Oaks House Museum

The Oaks House Museum

The Oaks House Museum

the house has a central hallway…

The Oaks House Museum

with two rooms on either side…

The Oaks House Museum

The Oaks House Museum

The Oaks House Museum

The Oaks is owned by the The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the state of Mississippi and administered by The Oaks House Museum Corporation.  Walt Grayson narrates a film that is very informative and takes you through the history of Jackson as well as The Oaks.

This is definitely a visit worth making and a picnic lunch on the porch with friends made it even better!

dog picnic

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Comments

  1. What a delightful place! I love visiting the old homes of the South and am amazed that they survived the War. One of my favorite family vacations was spent touring some of the grand old homes in Natchez and Vicksburg. We never made it to Jackson. Maybe someday…

  2. mnestorc@aol.com says:

    Well you did the right thing touring in Natchez and Vicksburg where the beautiful homes remain intact. Jackson was burned to the ground and was called Chimneyville so not much to see here in the way of antebellum homes.

  3. What a wonderful old house, and how fun to tour it with good friends. Your photos are beautiful. laurie