Preserving the Past

One of the reasons the Meridian Restorations Foundation was happy Friday was that even though it rained, the inside of the F.W. Williams house remained dry.

A new roof was installed to protect this historical building at a cost of approximately $45,000.

"This week is the 25th anniversary of the moving of the F.W. Williams house from its original location on 8th Street. I think it's appropriate that we gather here today," said the foundation's Betty Lou Jones.

Half of the $45,000 cost of the new roof was made possible through a grant secured by a partnership of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the city of Meridian.

"Sometimes it had to feel like thankless work and you questioned if you were going to be able to save this wonderful home and its adjacent partner," said Mayor John Robert Smith, speaking to the MRF volunteers.

Now the task ahead is raising the rest of the money for the roof. More than $20,000 remains outstanding.

The Meridian Restorations Foundation is sponsoring a drawing for a $1,000 shopping spree at the mall. The drawing will be Dec. 19 at the F.W. Williams house. Call Merrehope at (601) 483-8439 to find out how to participate.

The foundation is also joining the World Wide Web. You will soon be able to access it at www.merrehope.com Jones said it will be used to market MRF's properties and activities.


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