Jackson in Hinds County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
In 1928, Jackson developer Lucius L. Mayes converted six acres of rugged terrain into a residential development of fully furnished, up-to-date homes with similar color schemes but in a variety of architectural styles. A grand entranceway, created by sculptor Joseph Barras, was highlighted by columns adorned with statues of Pan and a wood nymph to enhance the mythical theme of the neighborhood. This beautiful sylvan setting eventually became the western boundary of Laurel Street Park.
The entrance gateway at Sylvandell was designed by sculptor
Joseph Barras and was cast by the
Wright Cast Stone Company of Jackson, Mississippi.
Erected 2017 by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1928.
Location. 32° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: St Mary Street, Jackson MS 39202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charge of the 2nd Michigan (approx. Ό mile away); Belhaven Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Eudora Welty House (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Eudora Welty House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Eudora Welty (approx. 0.4 miles away); Moody's Branch Formation (approx. 0.4 miles away); Belhaven University (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fortification Street (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
Regarding Sylvandell. The gateway female nymph statue purportedly sits in the driveway just a few houses south from the marker (the male statue is missing – the Belhaven Improvement Association will give a reward to anyone who can locate it!).
Also see . . . Sylvandell: More than a Myth. (Submitted on May 16, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 16, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 16, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.