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Driving Miss Mona

by Mona Arnold.

My sentimental journey began with good friends Tommie Culver, Judith Wright and Juanema Hinesley as our driver the morning of October 17. The ultimate destination was a town called Beulah, MS where I had lived for 35 years and where my husband and grandson are buried. First stop was at Lake Chicot State Park to tour the antebellum Lakeport Home with has been restored by ASU. While in the area we also visited the site of Charles Lindberg’s emergency landing and monument at Lake Village. Next morning, we drove across the beautful new bridge into Greenville, MS and began a drive down Highway 1, also known as the Great River Road, touring the Indian Mounds and Museum in Winterville and some other points of interest. Benoit was a stop to see the “Baby Doll House, the only remaining pre-civil war house in Bolivar County. Previously known as the Burris house, once the movie, “Baby Doll” was filmed there in 1956, that name stuck. Leaving Benoit, we next arrived at Beulah to spend a little time. Next stop was Rosedale where we crossed the levee to see the Port of Rosedale, built in the 1980s, with all the dirt work being done by the Mennonites. This levee is of utmost importance to the Delta to this day. Next, we stopped for a Tea given by my longtime friends, Judge John and Katherine Pearson in their 120 year old ancestral antebellum home. The Pearsons invited other guests who were longtime friends and people I had worked with as well. Rounding out our road trip we visited a train museum, glimpsed Delta State University, and dropped by the town of Como where we were able to go inside of the 100 year old Como Methodist Church where I was married 66 years ago. Along the way, we experienced great Southern Hospitality in the homes of family and friends, traveling a 755 mile route in 4 glorious days.

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