ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) - With homes dating from the late 1830s on display, visitors at this year's Aberdeen Pilgrimage get an up close and personal look at how these structures have been maintained and modified to keep their original look as authentic as possible.
"It's interesting to see how people used to live," Atlanta, Ga., resident Kim Hartwell said. "It's great that people still live here, that this home in particular has been lived in since 1850. That's really incredible to think about."
In an effort to give people the opportunity to experience what the Aberdeen Pilgrimage Tour is all about, some homes that had not been open in years past were actually open this year for people to visit.
"This is our 38th year to do this," said Dan Barnette, Aberdeen Pilgrimage Association president. "It can get pretty repetitious if we have the same ones year after year, so it really helped out a lot this year."
"More people are coming out and they're telling their friends and family," said hostess Michelle Cole. "We're seeing people from all over coming to Aberdeen this year to do the tour."
To help enhance the experience of learning about Aberdeen's history, there are a number of activities designed to make sure people with different interests have a memorable time.
"It's a fun family event and there's a lot of activities throughout the weekend," hostess Bevin Cole Jones said. "There's a ghost tour, a cemetery tour. We have carriage rides, a barbecue and a pancake breakfast for the Boy Scouts, so it's a great family event and nobody should miss it."
After the tour, many say they come away with a unique perspective of what life was like more than a century ago.
Money raised from ticket sales goes towards putting on next year's pilgrimage tour. It also helps cover the cost of brochures and advertising.