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In a December 30 article in the Commercial Dispatch, Food Columnist Anne Freeze praised the Country Store Bake Sale held annually at the Stephen D. Lee House.

Freeze wrote:
“If you have never gone to the Lee Home annual bake sale on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, go ahead and put it on your 2010 calendar now. It’s crazy to pass this up and miss getting some help with holiday baking. I’ve been for the past three years and have stocked up on home-made rolls, cheese straws (all I could carry) and cake.

I put the cheese straws in zip-lock freezer bags and pull out what I need when I need them. The rolls are ready for the Freeze family Christmas dinner and save me from having to bake rolls (which I am really bad at), or remember to pull out the Sister Shubert from the freezer (which I forgot to do this year—again).

Some genius baker in Columbus made what was called “chocolate Italian cream cake” and, whoever you are, I bow to you. I also froze this cake, and let it thaw on the counter for a day, and boy, everyone’s eyes rolled back into their heads when it was tasted. We salute you, Unknown Baker!”

Thank you Anne for your overwhelming praise and we plan to keep the cheese straws coming!

Article Source: Anne Freeze, “The last of the 2009 desserts”, The Commercial Dispatch, 2009 December 30.

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The annual Country Store sale of baked goods and treats at the Stephen D. Lee Home had a tremendous turn out on Tuesday November 24, 2009.

Customers were able to purchase goodies such as cheese straws, brownies, cakes, bread, and much more all made by members of our community.

This year the sale raised $4,000 to go to the Stephen D. Lee Foundation to assist them in their mission of maintaining the historic Lee Home.

The Country Store is organized by The Association for the Preservation of Antiquities in Columbus and Lowndes County.The Sale is held once a year from 10am-12pm.

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The Stephen D. Lee Foundation Board passed a resolution on August 4, 2009 affirming the official name of the house and museum located at 316 Seventh Street North is the “Stephen D. Lee Home”.

In addition, the Board recognized that the home is also referred to as the Blewett-Harrison-Lee Home and the Lee Home.

The Home is listed as the S.D. Lee House on the National Register of Historic Places. You can find out more about the National Register and see a listing of the Stephen D. Lee Home at www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com

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Carolyn Burns, with the support of the Stephen D. Lee Foundation Board, is preparing a grant request to address repairs needed to the outside of the house itself. The deadline for the request is October 1.

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The Stephen D. Lee Foundation Board has begun the process of improving the drainage, lighting, and landscaping around the house.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service has been advising the Foundation as have other professionals who have volunteered their service.

The plan, once confirmed by the Board, will be completed in stages as finances allow.

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