Local couple donates house to Historic Natchez Foundation

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, January 2, 2019


NATCHEZ — The Historic Natchez Foundation begins the new year with a new acquisition.

HNF Director Carter Burns said local residents Bob and Judy Flurry have donated their house on State Street to the foundation.

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Burns said like many of the properties the Foundation acquires, HNF plans to sell the property to help fund future programs. But in the meantime the Foundation plans to use the building for more immediate needs, Carter said.

“We are thankful to the Flurrys for the donation,” Burns said. “In the near future, we will use it to house scholars, lecturers and other Foundation partners when they come to town, but we do plan to sell it.”

Bob Flurry said he had contacted Burns when he and his wife first entertained the idea of making the donation.

“I asked Carter if the Foundation had a use for the building, and he said that they did,” Flurry said.

Bob Flurry said he and his wife, who is a Woodville native, moved to Lake Concordia two years ago after having in lived in Natchez for many years.

“We had the house on the market for more than a year,” Bob Flurry said. “At our age, we didn’t need two pieces of property.”

After his recent conversation with Burns, Bob Flurry said he and his wife decided it would be better to donate the property since the Foundation had a use for the house.

“We thought about and decided to bite the bullet and do something good for the community,” Flurry said. “We wanted to do something for a good cause.”

The house is the second acquisition for the foundation in the last two months.

In November, Fred and Melinda Kent donated the Prentiss Club building to the Foundation after a fire severely damaged the historic building on Pearl Street in September. Before the fire, the Kents planned to renovate the building into a museum.

HNF plans to rebuild the Prentiss Club’s roof and restore the exterior of the building and then sell it to a prospective buyer for redevelopment.