It has long been considered one of east Mississippi's hidden gems. But Dunn's Falls is about to have a coming-out party.
The pristine waterfall and park in south Lauderdale County has been around for many years. Friday, a ceremony will be held to honor its founder, John Dunn. Volunteers worked Wednesday to get it ready for the big event.
Picture perfect is how many might describe Dunn's Falls. Picturesque as it is, even it can stand to have a little sprucing up from time to time. A group of AmeriCorps volunteers worked this week to do that.
"In our application, we asked them if they wanted to be a part of the dedication for John Dunn and him being a descendant of the American Revolution, and they said, 'Yes, we definitely want to be a part of that," said Stewart Smith of Pat Harrison Waterway District.
AmeriCorps is a federal program designed to encourage people to volunteer. Ranging in age from 18 to 24, the volunteers at Dunn's Falls are from all over the U.S. This is one of many stops as part of their ten-month volunteer effort across the country.
"I think that's real important that people get out and give to the community," said Kayla White of Maine, an AmeriCorps volunteer.
"I think we forget a lot in this country, how blessed we are," said Nora Goldberger, an AmeriCorps volunteer from Pennsylvania. "And I personally, I feel very lucky for the way I grew up and all I want to do is get out and give back."
The Friday ceremony includes a wreath laying at 10 a.m. at the grave of John Dunn in Enterprise.
Then, the event will move to Dunn's Falls, where a dedication ceremony is planned for 11 a.m. The public is invited.