The Simmons House

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For the past six years, Jerri Anne and Gil Davis have restored The Simmons House, a historic Greek Revival home in Water Valley, and the venue’s surrounding properties .
The goal? To support Water Valley’s growth.

The house, originally built by Dr. William Simmons in 1871, needed a great deal of care to bring it back to its former glory. This is part of the reason why it’s taken the Davises so long to finish its restoration.

During the first year of the repair, people would often stop to talk to those working. Past owners — and even strangers — would come with all sorts of stories about the house and those who used to live there. Because of this, the Davises wanted to create a space that Water Valley could be proud of: A place to bring people in, have rooms for them to gather, and enjoy good company.

“It needed people in it, people to admire it and to love it,” Jeri Anne said. “For that reason, we wanted to preserve everything about it.”

Soon enough, they found a patient, committed team dedicated to working with them day in and day out.

“They were such team players with every detail on the project,” Jeri Anne said. “Without them, we never would have gotten as far as we have.”

In the past five years, the Davis’s main focus has been getting the house in the shape and condition they knew it was worthy of. It wasn’t until 2021 that they started to focus on the venue itself, officially opening in June.

“Work like this is never really complete,” Davis said. “But it’s really great to see a piece of our history here in Water Valley come back to life.”

A multipurpose venue, The Simmons House offers a beautiful backdrop for weddings, family events, rehearsal dinners and get-togethers. Four properties split the venue: The Simmons House, The Lee House, The Williams House, and The Charlotte’s Guest House. These houses offer overnight lodgings, and between them, can comfortably accommodate twenty-five guests.

The Simmons House also has robust gardens surrounding the venue that took nearly two years to complete.

Restoring as much as they could within and outside of the house, the Davises updated this unique venue with crystal chandeliers, marbled bathrooms, glass showers and unlacquered brass knobs. The couple even kept some of the original furniture and woodwork.

“There’s a story in every room,” Jerri Ann said. “We’ve done the work, now we’re ready to share it.”

story by Allie Allsup // portraits by Lindsay Pace 

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