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2024 Pilgrimage Events

Our 82nd Annual Pilgrimage offers a variety of events over the course of four days.

See below for details on all we have to offer.  There is sure to be something for everyone!

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Thursday, April 11


Unity Bank Montrose Classic Golf Tournament

$500 Per 4 Person Team

Includes Admission, Lunch and Range Balls

Come out and enjoy the day on one of Mississippi's Top 5 Golf Courses - according to Mississippi Magazine!

The Unity Bank Montrose Classic Golf Tournament is taking place Thursday, April 11 at Kirkwood National Golf Club.

The tournament is a 4 person scramble with registration and lunch starting at noon and shotgun start at 1 PM.

Contests include:

  • Hole-in-One - Win a Truck!

  • Closest to the Hole

  • Longest Drive

  • Putting Contest

Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Places

Presentation of winners following tournament, around 5:30 PM.

19th Hole BBQ to follow - Tickets sold separately.

For more information, visit our Golf Tournament Page - link below.

Thursday, April 11

6:30pm - 10:00pm

19th Hole BBQ

A new event this year, our 19th Hole BBQ will follow our Unity Bank Montrose Classic Golf Tournament on Thursday, April 11 from 6:30 PM - 10 PM.

The 19th Hole BBQ is sponsored by Bailey’s Pressure Washing. The event is open to the public and tournament participants and will take place at Kirkwood National Golf Club following the presentation of awards.

We will have a fulfilling menu of BBQ chicken, ribs, baked beans, slaw, & tea/lemonade catered by a local favorite, Clancy's Cafe. We will have a cash bar and live entertainment by Shara & Sky!

Tickets are $30 for golfers and $35 for non-golfers. 

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Friday & Saturday - April 12 & 13

10:00am - 4:00pm

Bank of Holly Springs Tour of Homes, Churches, and Museums

$40 for individual tickets

$35 for groups with 12 or more; senior citizens; and active and retired military personnel.

The 82nd Annual Holly Springs Pilgrimage presents the Bank of Holly Springs Tour of Homes, Churches, and Museums!

Tours will take place Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 from 10 AM - 4 PM.

We will have an Opening Ceremony at Montrose on Friday, April 12 at 9 AM then the homes, churches, and museums on tour will be open for you to explore while docents are on hand to tell the stories of triumph and tragedy of those who have lived and worked in the dwellings.

We appreciate all of those who are making it possible for the following homes, museums, and churches to be on this year’s Spring Pilgrimage.


• Finley Place (1859)

• Live Oaks (1848)

• Montrose (1858)

• Hill Top (1856)

• Burton Place (1848)


• First Presbyterian Church (1860)

• Christ Episcopal Church (1858)

• Holly Springs First Methodist Church (1849)


• Ida B Wells-Barnett Museum (completed in 1858)

• Kate Freeman Art Gallery (1963)

• Yellow Fever Martyrs Church and Museum (1841)

• Marshall County Historical Museum (1903)

For more information on the homes, churches and museums, visit our BOH Tour of Homes Page - link below.

Friday & Saturday - April 12 & 13

10:00am - 4:00pm

Arts & Enhancers

Tickets are not required for this event.

Art, Music, Authors, Reenactors and History on the beautiful lawn of Montrose.

Spend the morning/ afternoon mingling at Montrose learning about art, history, music and more.

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Friday & Saturday - April 12 & 13

11:30am & 1:00pm Seatings

Plant it Pink Luncheon

Tickets $25

Our Plant it Pink Luncheon, sponsored by State Farm Agents Will Patton and Ellis Stubbs, is a local and visitor favorite during our annual Pilgrimage.

This delightful seated luncheon held at the town’s historic train depot features recipes from the Holly Springs Garden Club’s Cookbook, “Just Roll with It”. Guests will receive packets of pink zinnia seeds and are encouraged to go home and “plant it pink” this spring and summer as a tribute to those battling breast cancer. A portion of the luncheon’s proceeds will be donated to West Cancer Foundation.

Two seatings are offered each day:

•Friday, April 12 - 11:30 am and 1:00 pm

•Saturday, April 13 - 11:30 am and 1:00 pm

Seating is limited and tickets should be purchased to secure your reservation.

Friday, April 12

6:00pm - 7:00pm

A Medley of Musicians Recital

Tickets $10

A new event we are excited to bring to Pilgrimage is an evening recital - “A Medley of Musicians” - on Friday, April 12 from 6-7 PM.

The historic Holly Springs First Methodist Church (1849) will serve as the setting for this very special evening of entertainment. The true star of the show will be the breathtaking Pilcher pipe organ, completed in 1920 makes it one of the oldest in the country.  The organ features a 61-note manual compass (range) and a 30 note pedal compass.  There are 7 ranks of pipes varying from 4 feet to 16 feet!

Organists and other musicians will be performing, and it is not to be missed!

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Friday, April 12 @ 8:00PM

Hill Crest Cemetary Ghost Tour

Tickets $35

The very popular Haunted Holly Springs Walking Tour is back! Guests can stroll along historic Hill Crest Cemetery with Haunted Holly Springs Guide and local historian Phillip Knecht while sipping a specialty spooky spring cocktail and hearing tales of the terrifying yet true history of Holly Springs’s former citizens.

The Friday night “ghost” tour hopes to capture the popularity of Knecht’s fall “Haunted Holly Springs” tours that bring visitors from all over.

“These tours have gained popularity over the past few years, selling out every season,” says Knecht, who established the walking tours several years ago and has added more each year. “Our tours strive to be fun and spooky but still respectful to the families and citizens who have gone before us, so they will really be of interest to Pilgrims of all ages who love history.”

Guests will gather at Hill Crest’s entrance at 8pm, Friday, April 12, to sign in and get their “spooky” evening cocktail (or mocktail, if preferred) and then meander through the historic cemetery hearing tales of its residents, some who found themselves victims of murder, mystery, and mayhem.

The event is designed to start after the 6pm Evening Recital - “A Medley of Musicians” at Holly Springs First Methodist Church. 

Friday & Saturday - April 12 & 13

10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 11:30am

Hill Crest Morning Cemetery Tours

Haunted cemetery tours not your thing? We understand. We have something for everyone!

On Saturday, April 13th, walking tours at the beautiful Hill Crest Cemetery will take place every 30 minutes, with the first tour starting at 10:00 AM and the last tour leaving at 11:30 AM. Tours will start at the corner gate of Hill Crest Cemetery.

You will hear from voices of the past, as our volunteers dress for their part and share their stories with our guests.

Tickets can also be purchased on Friday or Saturday morning at Headquarters, located at FBC Holly Springs Christian Activity Center (across the street from the sanctuary on College Avenue).

You can also purchase tickets at the corner gate of Hill Crest Cemetery the morning of the tours, starting at 9:45 AM.

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Tickets $15

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Saturday, April 13

7:00pm - 10:00pm

Mint Juleps at Montrose

Tickets $50

We invite you to enjoy an evening mingling with famous historical figures played by professional actors at “Mint Juleps at Montrose.” 

Prepare to hear stories told by General Ulysses S. Grant, who lived in Holly Springs with his wife Julia for part of the Civil War, and General Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard will also be traveling all the way from New Orleans to make your acquaintance. Many others will be mingling with guests at the event, including Union General Don Carlos Buell whose Regimental String Band will be among the performers at the event. Other historical figures from Holly Springs’ fascinating past will also be in attendance. Authors who have written books about the Civil War and Holly Springs’ role in it will be available to meet and discuss the extensive and fascinating history they’ve researched. 

You will be greeted on the front porch of Montrose upon your arrival with our signature Montrose Mint Julep in a souvenir cup and will also enjoy wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages, and delicious and plentiful heavy hors d’oeuvres. A silent auction will be taking place throughout the evening, as art and historical items will be on display throughout the mansion for bid.

Immerse yourself in history and fun at this truly unique event.

Sunday, April 14

11:00am - 1:00pm

Southern Sunday Brunch

Tickets $25

Sponsored by Air & Heat Services - Join us for a Southern Sunday Brunch with a touch of sweet ‘Nola Jazz on Sunday, April 14 from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

The lulling sound of brass will blow in from the front porch of Montrose where you’ll be greeted with a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. 

We will be serving a plateful of southern breakfast staples with flavorful favorites from ‘Nola. There will be a mimosa and Bloody Mary bar if you would like to purchase additional drink tickets.

Brunch is come and go from 11am to 1pm and reservations are strongly recommended!

Brunch is the perfect way to start the day and get you ready for the first ever College Avenue Crawl as we close out the 82nd Annual Holly Springs Pilgrimage!

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Sunday, April 14

1:00pm - 3:00pm

College Avenue Crawl

Tickets $25

Much like the popular “art” crawls in cities throughout the country, Holly Springs is featuring a similar new event this year, “The College Avenue Crawl” sponsored by the Marshall County Historical Museum, which will highlight the history, beauty, art, and architecture of one of the town’s loveliest streets.

Visitors will begin their self-paced strolling tour at the Marshall County Historical Museum where they will enjoy beverages and hors d’oeuvres while learning about the incredible history of Marshall County at this museum, often called a “hidden gem.” Other refreshment stops along the crawl are the Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery and the Church of the Yellow Fever Martyrs Museum.

Many homes on both sides of the avenue will also have docents in front of the homes sharing the history of the locations and delightedly answering visitors’ questions. Additionally, several homeowners along the route will be on their front porches greeting and mingling with guests. The event is set to showcase the genuine hospitality of the Holly Springs’ community.

This event will take place Sunday, April 14 from 1-3 PM and will close out the 82nd Annual Holly Springs Pilgrimage!

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