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Walt's Look Around: Edelweiss, Natchez

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NATCHEZ, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Natchez Children’s Services is having a celebration of it’s TWO hundred anniversary this Friday night at a home on the bluffs in Natchez that will be open to the public for the first time in forever, for the event.

"It always stands out," said Caroline Iles. "We always hear around town it’s everybody’s favorite house because it is so different from everything around here, the Greek and Roman revival."

So says Caroline Iles. And she invites us all over to her and husband Greg Iles eight-year renovation project; Edelweiss in Natchez.

Different? Yes. It is modeled after a Swiss chalet, unique to Natchez architecture. And there is a purpose to the open house. It’s a fundraiser for Natchez Children’s Services. Nancy Hungerford says events like this are the lifeblood for the Children’s Services.

We are largely privately funded and so we have enjoyed the favor of Greg and his willingness to open the home and it has been completely renovated in the last some years," said Nancy. "And everybody is excited about getting into that wonderful Swiss Chalet-looking house down on Broadway Street. And they will have that opportunity on Friday evening the 15."

Suspense and mystery writer Greg Iles and his charming wife will be there to greet you. And I will even be there to point the way to Greg for you. And for the $50 ticket at the door, you will not only support Natchez Children’s Services but get to peek inside the home that has rarely if ever been open to the public.

Caroline says as nice as Edelweiss is inside perhaps her favorite part of the house is outside.

"I love the wrap around porch and the view from it," said Caroline. "And I love that on the outside it’s so ornate. But then when you come on the inside it’s very clean and it’s the original moldings on most of it and it’s just very simple and open."

It’s very appropriate that one of the jewels of Natchez architecture should have its renovation completed in this 300th anniversary year of the town, when so many other exciting and unique events are planned. And it’s also nice that we can come take a look-see and help a good cause at the same time at Edelweiss in Natchez this Friday night.

The price of the ticket is a tax deductible contribution to Natchez Children’s Services. It is come and go and starts at 6pm Friday night. 

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