Dunn's Falls Dedication

An historical marker has been placed at Dunn's Falls, one of this area's historical sites and tourist attractions.

It was a ceremony complete with bagpipes, to recognize the man some call the founder of Dunn's Falls.

Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution placed a marker at the site Friday in honor of Irish immigrant, John Dunn.

"I had always felt that this man was unappreciated for all he did for this area," said Virginia Walker of the DAR of Mississippi. "He was a really early entrepreneur for Lauderdale County and I just wanted people to know about the man."

In its early years, Dunn's Falls, which now serves as a water park, was not for recreation but was operated as a cotton mill and grist mill. It was later taken over by the Confederacy during the Civil War, when it was used to make blankets, knives and clothing.

Spearheading an effort for the state to purchase the land in 1981 was then Mississippi Governor William Winter, who was also one of the featured speakers for the ceremony.

"The Dunn's Falls site, and when we see other important sites around the state, that are tangible reminders of our history, then we begin to ask questions of how did all this happen and it develops a pride in where we've come from," said Winter.

Descendants of Dunn, including the wife of Trent Lott, Tricia Lott, and her first cousin, Andrew Mullins, who founded the Mississippi Teacher Corps, were in attendance.

"We've been involved since 1980 to get this project where it is today and we appreciate the recognition that the DAR is honoring us," said Mullins.

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