MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - For decades, many churches have provided what are called parsonage houses for pastors and their families to live in. A 150-year-old parsonage house in Moss Point is being preserved by the Dantzler Memorial United Methodist Church.
Built in 1872, the home still stands as one of the city's most historic structures. The parsonage house served as home for pastors and their families over the years, and the church is on a mission to preserve the house.
"There are not that many old houses left. It has so much church history to it. Forty-three pastors and their families lived here. We can't see it not being here, because we love it," said church member Jackie Spiers.
The historical significance of the home is one reason to save it. Members of the church also have a very personal investment in this special place.
"There have been so many historical homes torn down for the sake of progress in Moss Point. A lot of our parents were married in this church. I grew up in this church and in this home. There are historical and sentimental reasons. It's important to a lot of people," according to church member Phyllis Alexander.
This Saturday, from 1 p.m until 4 p.m., people are invited to an event to raise money to restore the Dantzler Memorial United Methodist Church parsonage house. There will be a silent auction, and donations will be accepted.
The Queen Anne Victorian structure has been through a lot over it's 145 year life.
"The first thing we have to do is rewire the house. The plumbing needs to be redone. There are foundation issues. After that is done, we'll start looking at cosmetics," Alexander said.