An Evening with the Kirks
150th Birthday of Rose Hill Plantation House


        "An Evening with the Kirks" was a celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the initial construction of Rose Hill Plantation House.  Direct descendants of Dr. John and Caroline Kirk (who built the house) were present from Missouri and Kansas:  Kathryn Elizabeth Kirk & William John Kirk (great, great grandchildren) and Ellen Marcell Kirk (William's daughter).  They presented two family heirloom portraits to the Whites for display in the Rose Hill Plantation House:  Dr. John Kirk (owned by Kathryn Kirk) and James Kirk (owned by William Kirk).  Both paintings were done by Dr. Kirk's daughter, Emily, in the late 1800s.

           A special surprise of the evening was the attendance of Mrs. Iva Roberts Welton who presented the plaque from the National Register of Historic Places to be attached to the Plantation House.  Mrs. Welton was the Director of RHP House during the 1980s and was responsible for its post-Sturgeon refurbishment and post-fire repairs during that time.  Due to her research and efforts, the house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

           Several of James Kirk's descendants were present as well as over 200 Rose Hill residents and other friends and family of the Whites.

Read Robin's description of the evening...   

          The photo gallery below are scenes from the evening.  Please enjoy !

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