How old is the oldest house in Pontotoc? As old as 180 years, or as young as 172 years, depending on whose reference one uses. Mississippi Department of Archives and History puts it at 1832 construction, the oldest of the suggested dates. Todd Sanders in the 1993 National Register nomination for the Pontotoc NT district says “most likely built between 1836 and 1840. The Pontotoc Historical Society hedges all bets saying only “built in the 1830s for Thomas McMackin, the founder of Pontotoc.”
The Federal/Greek Revival 1.5 story house (MDAH, HRI) has 5 bays across the front, and entry through a center replacement single-leaf French door with 3 light transoms (Sanders 1993).
From Sanders (1993) nomination:
…left two windows are 9/6 double-hung…right two windows are 6/6 double-hung…
…porch denticulated cornice extends across three bays…four square paneled tapered wooden columns…balustrade around porch roof…
The west gable has no windows. It also appears to have been covered with siding at some point, as the house is identified as brick construction. The chimney on the west has also been removed. Some type of addition was tacked onto the rear as it was not mentioned in the nomination form.
The east gable has one window. The east side retains the brick construction and the original chimney. There is no information on the reasons for the modification, nor the current use of the house. MDAH identifies it as the J.P. Jones house, and while it is on the Pontotoc Historic Tour, it is unclear as to its use.