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Oaks Museum House, Jackson

#6 of 12 in Historic Sites in Jackson
Garden · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
The Oaks House Museum, also known as The Oaks, located at 823 North Jefferson Street in Jackson, Mississippi, is the former home of Jackson Mayor James H. Boyd (1809–77) and his wife Eliza Ellis Boyd and their family. Having survived the burning of Jackson during the Civil War, The Oaks is one of the oldest structures in the city. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Mississippi Landmark.The structure was built in the Greek Revival style in approximately 1853. The original property was larger than the current one, at one time encompassing 4acre and extending north to Boyd Street and west to North Street, an urban farmstead with main house, barn, detached kitchen, smokehouse, greenhouse, and other outbuildings. Three generations of the Boyd family lived at The Oaks, from 1853 until 1960. Mrs. Eliza Ellis Boyd outlived her husband by many years and lived in the house until her death in 1902. Daughter Mary and her husband, Richard F. McGill, lived in the house with their two children. In 1960, the grandchildren sold the property to The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Mississippi (NSCDA-MS).The home is now a historic house museum administered by the Oaks House Museum Corporation.
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  • Oldest private residence in Jackson (1852). Continuously owned by the Boyd family until sold to the Colonial Dames of America. Some of the original furniture was made by inmates of the old State...  more »
  • There are many impressive things about The Oaks and I would encourage anyone to tour the home. It is located in its original site, a rarity for historic homes of this age (1853). As noted by other.....  more »
  • Great tour guide. Interesting yo see what it was like so long ago
  • Nice historical house. Pleasant tour guide. Bring cash for fee.

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