The Manship House Museum, administered by the Museum Division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, is a public, non-profit educational institution. The purpose of the Manship House Museum is to preserve the home of the Charles Henry Manship family and interpret the family's lifestyle through educational programming and by collecting and exhibiting related artifacts.
The Manship House Museum interprets the daily life of an interesting nineteenth-century Mississippi family through the house the family lived in for so many years. Until its acquisition by the state of Mississippi in 1975, the Manship House had been continuously occupied by members of the Manship family since its construction in 1857.
The restoration of the Manship House by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History is based on archaeological, architectural, and historical research. Excavations on the site determined structural details and located the foundation of a kitchen outbuilding. Photographs, diaries, letters, contemporary newspapers, and recollections of family members supplied information on interior details.
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