Our work on the historic Shaw Homestead is coming to a close!
The Shaw Homestead is located along the Wolf River in Pearl River County, Mississippi, near the historic town of Barth. The property was first settled in the 1880s under the Federal Homestead Act and the Shaw family lived on the homestead until Hurricane Camille in 1969. The house remained unoccupied until 2006, when it was generously donated to the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain (LTMCP). Over the course of a century, the homestead was subject to the influence of the boom-to-bust timber industry and open range livestock culture, and now benefits from present-day preservation efforts.
Since the LTMCP acquired the homestead, attention and resources have been dedicated to restoring the building and property. In 2011, the LTMCP and the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS) collaborated to hold a series of community events that brought together many local families, providing the opportunity to share oral histories about the Homestead. The events also allowed the general public to visit the site and learn about homestead life, from sheep shearing to syrup sopping!
Soon, a new website will allow the wider community to continue to learn about local traditions associated with the Shaw Homestead and historical rural life in southern Mississippi. For now, please visit the LTMCP website and the GCCDS website to learn more about the project. To view a dozen short videos about homestead life, please visit our YouTube channel! Below, please see a handful of images from the community events.