Students work to save coast historic homes

Twelve Oaks

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS

Volunteers with the United Way Alternative Spring Break program will help restore two historic houses in Ocean Springs this week. The work is part of the Mississippi Heritage Trust’s Good Neighbor House Painting Project.

The students will start the week at Twelve Oaks, named for the many large Live Oaks that surround the house, Twelve Oaks sits on 30 acres overlooking Old Fort Bayou. The house was originally built circa 1900 as an African Methodist Episcopal Church. The property is now owned by the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain.

On Wednesday, March 31, the volunteers will begin work on the Steamboat House in downtown Ocean Springs, a distinctive historic home built circa 1900.

Both Twelve Oaks and the Steamboat House received damage during Hurricane Katrina and have undergone restoration work funded by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Katrina Relief Program.

The Mississippi Heritage Trust is a statewide organization dedicated to the preservation of the prehistoric and historic cultural resources of Mississippi. Utilizing private donations for Hurricane Katrina relief and 165 gallons of paint donated by Valspar and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as well as the hard work of hundreds of volunteers, the Good Neighbor House Painting Project has helped to restore nine historic buildings in Gulfport, Bay Saint Louis, Pascagoula and Ocean Springs.

WLOX- ch 13

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