1999 Regular Session
To: Public Buildings, Grounds and Lands; Appropriations
By: Representative Middleton
House Bill 1251
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE TRANSFER OF THE HISTORIC SHAIFER HOUSE AND ACCOMPANYING LAND LOCATED ON THE PORT GIBSON BATTLEFIELD FROM THE GRAND GULF MILITARY MONUMENT COMMISSION TO THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY; TO AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY TO PRESERVE AND DEVELOP THE HISTORIC SHAIFER HOUSE AND ACCOMPANYING LAND; TO AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY TO ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH ENTITIES INTERESTED IN THE PRESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE SHAIFER HOUSE AND ACCOMPANYING LAND; TO AMEND SECTION 51-15-25, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO CONFORM TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. The Department of Finance and Administration, on behalf of the State of Mississippi, may convey all right, title and interest in certain state-owned real property located in Claiborne County, Mississippi, to the State of Mississippi, for the use and benefit of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the property being known as the historic Shaifer House and accompanying land located on the Port Gibson Battlefield, and being more particularly described as follows:
Tract No. 1: That certain tract of land known as the old Shaifer house tract; for survey, begin at point on the southerly side of the public road, whereit is intersected by the line between Parcels 1 and 2 of the partition of the Shaifer Estate property as described in partition deed executed by us and now recorded Book 10-B, page 177 of the land records of said county, and which partition deed together with the plat recorded therewith is here referred to for full description of the location of said starting point, and run thence in a northeasterly direction along said old Port Gibson and Rodney public road, 1307 feet to point where said road is intersected on its North side by a fence, and which point is point of beginning for survey of this tract (and which point is further located as being North 88° 45' East 1434.67 feet from the most eastern corner of Section 16, Township 11 North, Range 2 East). From said point of beginning run thence along fence, North 35° West 134 feet; thence continue along fence, South 35° West 15 feet, South 86° West 16 feet to fence corner; thence along another fence, North 40° West 191 feet to fence corner; thence along another fence, North 40° East 160 feet; thence continue along fence, North 64° East 217 feet to point on private farm road; thence along said road, South 31° 45' East 372 feet to point where the same forks; thence along the fork going southwesterly 100 feet to old Port Gibson and Rodney public/road; thence along said old Port Gibson and Rodney public road, in a southwesterly direction, 225 feet to point of beginning. Said tract contains 3.0 acres, more or less, and lies in Section Twelve (12), Township Eleven (11) North, Range Two (2) East. Said land is the same as is fully described in Section V of said above mentioned partition deed executed by the grantors, now recorded Book 10-B, page 177 of the deed records of said Claiborne County, which is here referred to in aid of description and for all purposes. All of the above is in accordance with survey made by R.D. Wade, Jr., and copy of plat of his survey is attached hereto and made a part hereof by reference.
Tract No. 2: That certain tract of land being the site of the old Magnolia Church; to arrive at point of beginning for survey of this tract, begin at the most eastern corner of Section Sixteen (16), Township Eleven (11) North, Range Two (2) East, and run thence South 74° 34' East 2,917.7 feet to stake on South side of public road, and run thence South 84° 45' East 49 feet to fence corner
on South side of said road, which is point of
beginning for survey of this tract; and which
point is also the point where the East line of
Parcel 2 in the partition of the Shaifer Estate property as described in partition deed executed by us and now recorded Book 10-B, page 177 of the land records of said Claiborne County, intersects said public road, and which partition deed, together with plat recorded therewith, is here referred to in aid of description of location of said starting point. From said point of beginning, continue thence along road, South 84° 45' East 282.04 feet to stake in fence and property line; thence along fence and property line, South 46° West 396 feet to stake in fence corner; thence along fence (which is the East line of Parcel 2 of the partition above referred to), North 17 East 109 feet, North 16° East
69 feet, North 2° , West 52 feet and North 16°
West 78 feet to point of beginning. Said tract contains 1.29 acres, more or less, and lies in Section Twelve (12), Township Eleven (11) North, Range Two(2) East.
The Secretary of State shall approve this conveyance and join in this conveyance for all purposes.
SECTION 2. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is authorized to secure, preserve, restore, develop, interpret, operate and maintain the historic Shaifer House and accompanying land located on the Port Gibson Battlefield, subject to the appropriation of adequate funds by the Legislature.
SECTION 3. The Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History is authorized to enter into cooperative agreements with the National Park Service, state and local governmental entities, nonprofit organizations, and any other groups, organizations or individuals that may be interested in the preservation and development of the Shaifer House and accompanying land and the Port Gibson Battlefield.
SECTION 4. Section 55-15-25, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
55-15-25. Said commission is authorized, empowered and directed to make careful study and examination of the battlefields of the Grand Gulf Military Area, located in Claiborne County, Mississippi; to make all necessary surveys in preparation to the acquisition of the Grand Gulf Military Area; to identify and establish the battle lines, maneuvers and positions; and to designate such historic, memorable areas with markers, monuments or other suitable means of identification.
Said commission is hereby authorized to receive any contributions in money, property of any kind, or donations of land that might be made by patriotic citizens to carry out the objects and purposes of Sections 55-15-21 to 55-15-31; to acquire options or titles to parts or all of said Grand Gulf Military Area and to exercise the right of eminent domain in acquiring said lands in the manner now provided by law; and to hold same in the name and for the benefit of the State of Mississippi, all to the end that the Grand Gulf Military Area may be ultimately established and permanently maintained and operated as an historical park.
Certain property of the commission may be conveyed under Section 1 of House Bill No. , 1999 Regular Session.
SECTION 5. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.