OUTLOOK: The Cypress House and its storied history – The Vicksburg Post
There is no kitchen area in Vicksburg extra notable than that of Laurin Stamm’s.
For additional than 20 yrs, Stamm, who was the foods editor for The Vicksburg Put up, wrote a weekly column entitled “From The Kitchen of The Cypress Home.”
Even though visitors may possibly be familiar with Stamm’s kitchen, which was depicted in a drawing that ran with every of her columns, that bundled tales she wrote highlighting family, buddies and area situations and of training course recipes, The Cypress Property alone could not be as common.
The house was built in 1913 for W.K. McLaurin, who would later on turn into a choose. A few generations of the loved ones continued to are living in the property, reported Tale Stamm Ebersole, fantastic-granddaughter of McLaurin, right up until it was bought in 2019 to the Rev. Andy and Anne Andrews.
Positioned on the 3400 block of Drummond Avenue, the exterior of the two-story household was not at first built from cypress. It was a board and batten home with a porch that included a majority of the decreased amount of the exterior.
It was not until eventually Laurin Stamm and her partner, Jack, took possession of the household household that the exterior was transformed to cypress.
Prior to the Stamms going in, Ebersole explained her grandfather and her uncle lived in the house.
“My uncle (the late Vaughn Fields, father of Vicksburg resident and journalist with Mississippi Today Lauchlin Fields) and my mom inherited the residence, but when my grandfather and uncle lived there, they transformed it into flats,” Ebersole reported. “They just did not want to reside in a large dwelling.”
Immediately after the death of her grandfather in 1969, Ebersole said her moms and dads managed the apartments.
“They then just decided they were going to stay there. So my mom and dad redid the house,” Ebersole claimed, with Vicksburg architect Skippy Tuminello employed to attract up the strategies.
“We transformed the residence. It just experienced siding on it. I am not definitely guaranteed why Skippy did it in cypress,” Ebersole stated, but she did know the cypress was attained from a pal of her father’s who was a craftsman who worked for Anderson Tully at their Memphis spot.
The remodel was completed in 1972 and the household moved in.
“We lived in Broadmoor and when we would go around there, we would say we have been likely about to the new property,” Ebersole explained.
It was Ebersole’s youthful sister, Maggie, who was two a long time old at the time, that started contacting the “new house” The Cypress Property, and from there it trapped.
Ebersole explained the property experienced originally had a grime-floor basement, but when the family members moved in, it experienced been completed out.
With a spouse and children of seven, Ebersole claimed, the household experienced five bedrooms, with sisters sharing at a single issue. This experienced not been an perfect predicament, Ebersole claimed.
“Lauri and I shared a room right until we began preventing. We have been adolescents,” Ebersole laughed, thus, to hold the peace alterations were being made.
When asked what her favored items have been escalating up in The Cypress Property, Ebersole reported there were as well lots of to checklist.
But she did say she and her siblings usually considered it was unique that they lived in a dwelling with a winding staircase.
“It was just generally interesting to have a winding staircase back again then,” Ebersole said.
Also distinct was the wine rack.
“My dad’s favourite was the wine rack that was designed out of the very same cypress that the house was coated with. And of study course, it is the same wine rack you see in Mama’s cooking column that was sketched of the kitchen area,” she reported.
For those intrigued in looking at the inside of the residence, The Cypress Property lately went viral on the For The Like Of Previous Residences Fb web page, which connects old dwelling enthusiasts to their aspiration house.
About Terri Cowart Frazier
Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the household moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Submit and is the editor of the Vicksburg Residing Journal, which has been awarded To start with Put by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the receiver of a Very first Area award in the MPA’s Far better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Function Tale.”
Terri graduated from Warren Central Superior School and Mississippi Condition College where by she gained a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in general public relations.
Prior to coming to get the job done at The Write-up a small extra than 10 a long time ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson No cost Press. But for most of her daily life, she liked remaining a entire-time remain at household mom.
Terri is a member of the Crawford Road United Methodist Church. She is a life time member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and City and Country Backyard garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.
“From being knowledgeable with nearby governmental problems to listening to the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is critical to a group. I have felt privileged to be component of a committed staff at The Put up throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with community guidance, I will be equipped to continue on to increase and hone in on my skills as I support share the tales in Vicksburg. When questioned what I like most about my job, my respond to is usually ‘the people.’
Extra by Terri Cowart