GBF Announces New Chairperson of the Board of Directors

The Greater Belhaven Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of Susan Garrard as the new Chairperson of the Board of Directors. Garrard has previously served the Foundation board as both a director and as the promotions chair.

Garrard has been President and CEO of the Mississippi Children’s Museum since 2008 and was responsible for successfully completing and administering a $26.6 million capital campaign that realized the dream of a 40,000 square foot children’s museum in Jackson, Mississippi. Under her leadership, the museum was awarded the KidsCount Program of Promise Award , the MS Tourism Association’s Attraction of the Year in 2011 and was a finalist for the national medal for the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Susan has served on numerous committees within the children’s museum field, including Secretary of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) board of directors in 2017-2018, member of the ACM board of directors since 2014; the ACM pre-emerging museum conference committee chairperson in 2014; and the ACM conference programs committee in 2013. She also currently serves on the Nissan Community Advisory Board. In 2017, Susan was named one of the 50 Leading Business Women of the Year by the Mississippi Business Journal and received a Hometown Hero award from Visit Jackson. Susan was awarded the Goodwill Community Volunteer of the Year in 2009, received the Tribute of Excellence in 2013 from Youth Villages, and the Hands of Providence award in 2014 from Southern Christian Services.

Before serving as President of MCM, Susan served as chairperson of the MCM Board of Directors as well as the first president of the museum’s auxiliary volunteer group, MCM Partners. Susan has been involved civically in the Jackson community since 1984 – serving on the boards of the Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation, Jackson Preparatory School and the Junior League of Jackson, including a term as league president in 2002-2003. She is a member of the Belhaven Home and Garden Club and attends church at Galloway Methodist Church. Susan, a native of Sebastopol, MS, is a graduate of Mississippi State University and the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York in New York City. She is married to John Walter Garrard II and the mother of two sons, Jack and William.

Thank you for another great “Shakespeare in the Park!”

Greater Belhavenites enjoyed two days of wonderful weather and inspired entertainment!! Over 200 people came out over two days to watch The New Stage Theatre Youth Acting Troupe perform “As You Like It”.

Thank you to everyone for making this event such a success!

The Being Belhaven Art Series is brought to you by The Manship; Funderburg Sessum & Peterson, PLLC; Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLC; Morgan & Morgan; Galexie Glister.

Become a part of the team at The Oaks House Museum!

Part-time Position Available – Museum Assistant

The Oaks House Museum Corporation is seeking qualified candidates for the part-time position of museum assistant at the Oaks House Museum. The house (built in 1853) and historic site are owned by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Mississippi and located at 823 N. Jefferson Street, Jackson, Mississippi. Candidates must have an appreciation of Mississippi history and desire to share it with others.

The Oaks House Museum is open two days a week, Tuesday and Friday (except on national holidays), from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A museum assistant will have the following duties:
a. Be present during opening hours to give tours of the house and grounds to visitors;
b. Study the history of the Boyd-McGill families who lived in the Oaks House for more than 100 years, as well as the historic architecture and interior and landscaping;
c. Oversee general maintenance of the house, grounds and furnishings (which may include some housekeeping tasks such as sweeping water off the front porch after a rainstorm) and notify the museum’s Executive Board if a problem arises;
d. Answer the museum phone and check voice mail and email messages; schedule tours; maintain the museum calendar; and communicate information to the Board;
e. Prepare monthly reports of visitors, admissions, sales, and donations.
f. Assist the museum’s Board of Directors in educational programs; board meetings; and fundraising events;
g. Periodically update the museum’s Facebook page.

The position will be part-time. Wage is negotiable depending on work skills and qualifications but starting at $9.00 an hour. College degree preferred; high school diploma and good computer and people skills required. Please send inquiries and resumes to

Part-time Position Available – Museum Director:

The Oaks House Museum Corporation is seeking qualified candidates for the part-time position of Museum Director of the Oaks House Museum. The house (built in 1853) and historic site are owned by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Mississippi and located at 823 N. Jefferson Street, Jackson, Mississippi. Candidates must have an appreciation of Mississippi history and a passion for sharing it with others.

Duties will include managing daily operations and overseeing general maintenance of the house, grounds, and furnishings; working with tourist organizations, schools, community groups, and state historical agencies and organizations to promote the house and provide educational programs; recruiting and directing paid/volunteer docents; assisting the museum’s board of directors in fundraising efforts; and applying for grants and administering them.

The position will be part-time, and hours of employment are negotiable. Experience in museum or other non-profit corporation administration and a college degree are required. Salary is $18,000 a year. Please send inquiries and resumes to

Shakespeare in the Park “As You Like It”

The Greater Belhaven Foundation presents Shakespeare in the Park performed by the New Stage Theatre Youth Acting Troupe. The performance will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 12, 2018 and at 6:00 PM on Sunday, May 13, 2018 in Belhaven Park on Poplar.

Come thirty (30) minutes before each performance to enjoy a family friendly Renaissance Festival with balloon animals and face painting. Be sure to bring your blanket or chair!!! The activities are free. Food will be available for purchase from The Manship.

Shakespeare in the Park is a Greater Belhaven Arts Series event which is funded through generous contributions from the following: Funderburg, Sessums & Peterson, PLLC; The Manship Woodfired Kitchen; Bradley, Arant, boult & Cummings, LLP, Morgan & Morgan, Galexie Glister. For more information email

Be a part of the Belhaven Heights Mural Unveiling Celebration

The Mississippi Heritage Trust, The Oaks House Museum and Belhaven Residential invite you to their mural unveiling on Thursday, May 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. at both Belhaven Residential and The Oaks House Museum.

Bring your chairs and blankets and prepare for a family evening of music, food and face painting but most importantly a beautiful new addition to the Historic Belhaven Heights Neighborhood. Jackson native Douglas Panzone is the commissioned artist. Panzone will be working on the wall located on the north end of the Belhaven Residential office building at 730 N Jefferson for approximately two weeks beginning April 23, 2018.

The Belhaven Heights mural is a partnership between The Mississippi Heritage Trust, The Oaks House Museum and Belhaven Residential to create a landmark of interest in Belhaven Heights that symbolizes the theme of preservation, which is central to the mission of The Mississippi Heritage Trust.

The hope is that pedestrians and bicyclists using the Museum Trail will also visit this mural and enjoy the garden and home of The Oaks House Museum located at 823 N. Jefferson Street. A significant portion of the funding for this project comes from the Mississippi Humanities Council and Mississippi Development Authority for the Bicentennial celebration. Additional funding was provided by Pyron Group, First Commercial Bank and Behr Paint.

Sylvandell Historical Marker installed in Greater Belhaven

Belhaven Improvement Association (BIA) is working hard to #PreserveBelhaven and to tell the fascinating stories of this great neighborhood (MS’s largest historic district). Sylvandell is one of those great stories! Sylvandell was a whimsical development by L.L. Mayes in the early 1920s. Read the great article (March 1929) from The Jackson Daily News for more details.

The beautiful gateway (see photo) was sculpted by Mr J. Barras – it sat at the dead end of Pinehurst into StMary. The female “nymph” statue still sits in a driveway just a few houses south from this site (the male statue is missing – BIA will give a reward to anyone who can locate it!). If you drive to the intersection of St Mary and Pinehurst, you can still see the edge of this beautiful gateway feature… go check it out and be sure to read the article!

We are excited to announce that BIA has obtained approval for 12 new Mississippi Historical Markers through the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) – this will make 15 for the neighborhood!

BIA is working with MDAH and the City of Jackson to promote the unique history of the Belhaven Historic District. These markers will create a unique “walking trail” of the Belhaven Historic District for all to enjoy.

We hope to expand this trail into neighboring historic districts and create a great tourist attraction for the whole Capital City! Please let us know if there are any other sites that you would like to nominate (email More to come…

(Article submitted by Belhaven Improvement Association)

The Greater Belhaven Foundation to Participate in the Great American Clean-up

Keep Jackson Beautiful - Great American CleanupThe Greater Belhaven Foundation in partnership with the Belhaven Improvement Association and the Belhaven Heights Community Association will be participating in the Great American Clean-up on Saturday, April 7, 2018 starting at 9:00 a.m.  The clean-up will be of the East Fortification Street Corridor.

“We are extremely excited to have met the criteria to be registered as a clean-up group that day through Keep Jackson Beautiful,” said Casey Creasey, GBF Executive Director, “Fortification Street is a main thoroughfare, I am excited we will all be working together to give a much needed clean-up.”

Great American Cleanup, Keep America Beautiful’s largest annual community improvement program gives organized groups a variety of ways to create a cleaner, safer, more beautiful environment.

From March 1st to May 31st more than 3,000 volunteers from schools and neighborhoods join Keep Jackson Beautiful and the City of Jackson’s Solid Waste Division to become stewards of the environment in their community.

The Great American Cleanup is built on a foundation of individual responsibility, civic pride and the power of partnerships to clean-up, green-up, fix-up, beautify, and recycle.

For more information on the event or how to volunteer please contact or visit

The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen: One of Greater Belhaven’s Greatest Treasures

Any memorable gathering is made that much sweeter when set around a table. At The Manship, both Greater Belhaven residents and visitors alike are treated to an experience that creates memories like no other.

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Entrepreneur and sommelier Steven O’Neill and his partner Chef Alex Eaton do so much more than create culinary masterpieces and an excellent dining experience. Through their continued support of the GBF as a major sponsor and participation in local events, they have been a integral part of making the Greater Belhaven neighborhoods feel that much more like home, where the table is always welcoming and the food is a source of comfort.

The restaurant’s menu transforms the essence of Mediterranean food and Southern classics by capturing the flavorful cuisine of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean while maintaining a southern flair. The restaurant space is as chic as it is rustic, transporting guests to Europe while remaining in Jackson.

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“The Manship is committed to locally sourcing the fresh, quality ingredients used in our restaurant. Using products from companies in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Tennessee adds a southern flair to our Mediterranean cuisine. Southern seasonal produce, meats, cheeses, bread, oils, vinegar, and more transforms The Manship’s classic dishes, impressing even the most distinguished palates.”

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And we agree! We’re thankful to have The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen here in the Greater Belhaven neighborhoods. Located at The Belhaven, The Manship is open Monday from 11-9PM, Tuesday through Friday from 11-10PM, Saturday for brunch from 9-2, and for lunch and dinner from 2-10, and closed on Sundays. Enjoy happy hour from 3-6PM, featuring a $5 glass of wine!

Become a part of the Belhaven Arts Series!

Attending a Belhaven Arts Series event is like stepping into the very mission of the Greater Belhaven Foundation, and to truly experience what makes the Greater Belhaven neighborhoods special.

Through a public-private partnership we have seen the incredible restoration and revitilization of Belhaven Park. The Belhaven Arts Series provides the perfect opportunities for Greater Belhaven residents and visitors alike to enjoy our beautiful park while enjoying local art experiences such as pumpkin decorating, local theatre and the sounds of a community growing and moving forward together as one.

Due to the generous and long-time support of our Arts Series sponsors; Carol Taff, Funderburg, Sessums & Peterson, PLLC, Keifer’s Restaurant, The Manship, and McDade’s Market; the Arts Series has become a popular and well-attended series of events in the Greater Belhaven neighborhoods, and attracts hundreds of people to the area each year.

Now, you have the opportunity to ensure a strong future for these wonderful local events, and to associate your business or organization with all that is happening in Greater Belhaven. Join us now as sponsors of the Belhaven Arts Series by contacting GBF Executive Director Casey Creasey today!

The Greater Belhaven Foundation Announces New Executive Director

Casey Creasey, Executive Director

Casey Creasey
Executive Director

The Greater Belhaven Foundation is pleased to announce that Casey Creasey has been named the new Executive Director of the Greater Belhaven Foundation (GBF).

Creasey has served as Interim Director since October. She has a long-standing affiliation with the neighborhood organization including serving as the Greater Belhaven Foundation Special Projects Chair and the Bright Lights Belhaven Nights Assistant Festival Coordinator.

“We are elated to have Casey serve in this vital position,” said Steve Funderburg, GBF President. “Through her different roles, she has been part of the foundation for several years, and has a working knowledge of the organization and the neighborhood. She not only brings this experience to the position, but also brings great enthusiasm and creativity.”

Creasey was the featured artist of the 12th annual Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights street festival (BLBN), where she drew her inspiration from Belhaven Park and the Bright Lights Belhaven Nights event, and created a unique 3-D painting for the festival that reflected elements of Belhaven.
Creasey received a Broadcast Journalism degree and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi.

She is actively involved in the community where she has served as the Art and Design Chair for Mistletoe Marketplace, Chair of Art for the Park and President of the Belhaven Garden Club. Creasey resides in Belhaven with her husband Sam, a partner with Morgan & Morgan, and their daughter Grace.


GBF, a non-profit group governed by a board of directors, works to improve and revitalize the area through long-range planning, economic restructuring, historic preservation, green space enhancement, and improvement of Fortification Street, the major east-west corridor between the two neighborhoods.