Settlers Saturday

Settlers Saturday Activities in Kingston


10:15 am                                              Re-dedication of the Reverend Samuel Swayze Memorial Marker by the Samuel Swayze Chapter of the Colonial Dames of XVII Century, Kingston United Methodist Church, 1090 Hutchins Landing Road.

11:00 am                                              History of the Kingston United Methodist Church followed by a light lunch, Kingston United Methodist Church, 1090 Hutchins Landing Road.

Presenter:  Webbie Eidt, Kingston, MS.  Webbie was born in Puckett, MS.  Her father was a photographer and showman who traveled throughout the South with a tent showing motion pictures.  After graduating from high school she moved to Natchez where she met her husband of 63 years and moved to Kingston.    She discovered a lovely church (KUMC) and her intense interest in the church history and Kingston began.  As Webbie writes:  The more I learned the more I wanted to know.  I came to know those wonderful people and their adventures in this wild and dangerous place.” 

1:00—3:00 pm                                  Tour of Kingston Plantations Three plantations in the Kingston area will open their doors for us:  Cedar Grove, Magnolia Hill, and Oakwood (Oakwood will be open from 11 am to 4 pm).  Cedar Grove possesses architectural treasures not found elsewhere in southwest Mississippi plantations.  Magnolia Hill is a planter home with architectural details of both the Federal and Greek Revival styles.  Oakwood, the Hardy Sojourner home of Jersey Settlers descent, still remains in the family.  All three of these Kingston homes share a common thread – each was built for one of the Thomas sisters. 

Throughout the day                        Visit the burial grounds of our ancestors in Kingston

Settlers Saturday Activities in Natchez

Throughout the Day                       Explore Historic Natchez on your own

1:00-3:30 pm                                    Genealogy Research at Judge George W. Armstrong Library, 200 S. Commerce St.

                                                                DJS Genealogy VP Polly Tarver Scott and Armstrong Reference Librarian Marianne Raley will be available during these special hours to allow you to conduct research and help you locate sources in the library’s DJS collection.  Please use the rear entrance near Washington Street to enter the library during these times. 

6:00 -10:00 pm         Saturday Night Social, Natchez Community Center 

                                                                           Cousins and friends gather for a casual evening of fun and fellowship as we celebrate 75 years of our organization with                                                                                          Southern food, entertainment, music and dancing!