There is one week left until the Yellow Fever Martyrs Museum’s event in Holly Springs, “The Return of Yellow Jack”. There has never been an event like this in Holly Springs: an all-day event commemorating the 140th anniversary of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878.
In the morning and early afternoon at our Yellow Fever Martyrs Museum we will be hosting three speakers, including local historians, professors and published authors, who will be discussing the causes, victims, heroes and more of the Yellow Fever Epidemic.
In the afternoon several historic homes, churches and Museums will be open to visitors, including the Yellow Fever Museum, the Marshall County Historical Museum, Christ Episcopal Church, Montrose, the Yellow Fever House and the Holly Springs Depot. Visit and explore these important pieces of history and learn how the Yellow Fever effected their owners.
In the evening Christ Episcopal Church will host a Service of Remembrance, which will be open to the public, during which all 311 known victims of the Yellow Fever in Holly Springs will be honored and remembered, with their names being read aloud, likely for the first time in history.
The event will conclude with a twilight tour of Hill Crest Cemetery, led by local historian Phillip Knecht, during which visitors will visit the final resting places of many of the Yellow Fever victims and finally saying goodbye to “Yellow Jack”. There are still tickets available for this unique event! Tickets can be reserved by emailing email@example.com. Tickets can also be bought online on Eventbrite through our Facebook page. #yellowfevermartyrs#yellowfever#yellowfeverepidemic#yellowfever1878#mississippi#hollysprings#hollyspringsms#hillcountryhistory#museum#yellowfevermuseum#yellowfeverchurch#historicalplace#historymuseum#historichomes#historicpreservation#historicbuilding#smalltownmuseum
This lady is ready to get out of town. And fast. Many of the rich fled Memphis once word of yellow fever hit the papers. At the time, the Woodruff's lived in the mansion and would have been among those that fled.
During the yellow fever epidemic, the wealthy fled the city in hope to escape. During this mass exodus, the wealthy left in a hurry, gathering up valuables and pertinent documents before heading to the train station. They didn't stop to take the time and properly close up their homes, it was a panick.