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Museum and Archives

The John Ford Home is owned and maintained by The Marion County Historical Society. See more of the John Ford Home on the gallery page.


Many of our original founding members who were very active in the Society have either passed away or have reached a stage of life of enjoyable retirement. On the members page are published lists of those noble souls that chose to preserve the John Ford Home, one of Mississippi’s finest treasures that Charlotte Capers, former head of Archives and History, lists in the top five! We in Marion County owe them a great debt of gratitude for their foresight and hard work.


Marion County Historical Society

200 Second Street

Columbia, MS 39429



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The Marion County Historical Society is a non-profit organization which has as it's mission to bring together those people interested in history, especially the history of Marion County and Mississippi, and to encourage the fact that understanding the history of our community is based on our democratic way of life, thereby giving us a better understanding of our state and nation and promoting a stronger appreciation of what it means to be a Marion Countian, a Mississippian and an American.

A Letter from the President...

Having had the honor to serve as your president for many years, I have been a part of many changes. Several years ago, we moved Payne’s Chapel Church, worshiped in by the Fords, to the grounds of the John Ford home. We have also run our own water line to the property and installed security lights.

Six years ago, with the assistance of the City of Columbia, we opened the Marion County Museum and Archives. Since one of the goals in our original charter was to collect and preserve artifacts, historical documents, etc., we felt that this was a fine addition to the Society’s efforts in the county and in the city.

As many of you are aware, we have an extraordinary Civil War Library with many first edition books. We have what is becoming an invaluable collection of interesting artifacts and information.

We are now in the process of working with the Records Management Program of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. For many years, I had visited the attic of our courthouse and marveled at the age and amount of historical and genealogical information therein contained. After the old books and records were moved to metal containers outside to accommodate new air conditioning in the courthouse, we were very concerned for their safety and stability.

With the assistance of our Supervisors and the City of Columbia, we successfuly secured a safe place for the archival records and documents. Here they may be sorted, organized, and catalogued properly. We are working toward securing the necessary funding and resources for the digitization and publishing of some of our most important records.


Ann Atkinson Simmons


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