Conference on the Front Porch returns to Taylor

Published 11:17 am Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Conference on the Front Porch will make its return to Taylor this fall and will take place on Sept. 26-27 at The Mill and Plein Air.  The slate of speakers were announced on Tuesday.

The conference is the country’s only one dedicated to celebrating significance of the front porch in society.  

Mark Plotkin, head of the Amazon Conservation Team, will be the keynote speaker. Plotkin is acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Amazon, rainforests and the indigenous people of the region. He was named by the Smithsonian as one of the 35 people on the planet that matter, along with Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey. 

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“This unique conference celebrates what the front porch stands for; community, interaction, a slower pace of life,” conference director Campbell McCool said. “There really is nothing in Mississippi like this two-day gathering.” 

McCool added the speakers will deliver talks directly about the front porch’s role in society and history. In keeping with the conference’s tradition, McCool has invited several speakers to talk on politics, art, religion and other topics. Along with Plotkin, speakers include Oxford resident and journalist Curtis Wilkie, NBC News chairman Andy Lack, New York Times reporter Audra Burch, novelist Ace Atkins, portrait artist Jason Bouldin, Catholic philosopher and author Brian Jones and ‘Garden & Gun’ deputy editor Amanda Heckert. 

“We are thrilled with the lineup of speakers coming to the conference this year,” McCool said. 

The two-day conference consists of lectures and presentations in the morning with tours in the afternoon and concluding with dinner, music and parties at night. Registration is $395 and includes six meals, all tours and parties. To register or for more information visit or call 662-234-3151.