County Road 11: Trees of Christmas at Merrehope

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) -- One of the longest running holiday traditions in our area is the Trees of Christmas at Merrehope. Now in its 49th year, this attraction transforms a pair of historic Meridian homes into a winter wonderland. It's this week's stop on County Road 11.

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It's time to get your merry on. This holiday exhibit at the historic Merrehope and F.W. Williams homes offer up 30 beautifully decorated trees that are helping celebrated Mississippi's bicentennial.

"We have had a wonderful time working with groups and organizations from all over the county and city and some in other parts of the state helping us put together a display that tells the stories of Mississippi," said Betty Lou Jones, the president of the Meridian Restorations Foundation.

The Trees of Christmas at Merrehope has something for everyone, including a variety of themes. This tree celebrates trains, recognizing the railroad history of Meridian. Another tree is dedicated to the 2017 inaugural class of 18 inductees in the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience Hall of Fame.

Other trees include: The African American Heritage, Coca-Cola Magic, a Salute to N.A.S. Meridian and the Magnolia Tree. This year's centerpiece attraction celebrates the first Mississippians---the Choctaw Indians.

"The Choctaw Tribal Schools have decorated two rooms, the double parlor and the dining room. We have a beautiful live tree decorated with ornaments that have been hand beaded by the TAG classes of the Choctaw Tribal Schools in Neshoba County," said.

Not only is this exhibit perfect for the holidays, but it also helps fundraising efforts for the Meridian Restorations Foundation for upkeep on the two homes which are both designated as Mississippi landmarks and on the National Registry of Historic Places.

"They're places in our hometown that we're very proud of and we want you to share that pride and come and help us as we continue this tradition," said Jones.

You still have until the end of next week to visit the trees of Christmas. You can visit the website: www.merrehope.com.

You can call (601) 483-8439.