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Columbus Spring Pilgrimage Home Tours

The 77th Annual Spring Pilgrimage in Columbus, Mississippi is coming up March 30 - April 8, 2017! This award-winning event is widely recognized as one of the best and most authentic home tours in the South. The antebellum mansions of Columbus are impeccably maintained and as resplendent as ever. Many home tours feature recreated activities of the 1800s, complete with period costumes, which add excitement and even more authenticity to this historic event. It’s an experience visitors will long remember!


Tickets and information are available from Visit Columbus at 117 Third Street South. Phone: 800.920.3533 or 662.329.1191


Home Tour Tickets:

Adults: $30 per person

Senior Citizen/Military: $25

Students (K-12): $12

Groups of 20+: 10% discount

Prices are per tour, per person

Only one discount per person


Spring Pilgrimage Home Tours Dates and Times:


Green Tour - Rosedale, Temple Heights, Ole Magnolia


March 30  -  2:00pm-5:00pm, Thursday

April 1 -  2:00pm-5:00pm, Saturday

April 3  -  2:00pm-5:00pm, Monday

April 5  -  9:00am - 12:00pm, Wednesday

April 7 -  9:00am - 12:00pm, Friday




1523 Ninth Street South

This home is considered one of the finest examples of Italianate architecture in Mississippi. Rosedale has been entirely restored to its original 1856 state, including original paint colors and wallpaper patterns. The home features the nation’s largest furniture collection by American craftsman John Henry Belter. Historic Rosedale sits on 40 acres of picturesque grounds and is now serving as an event venue. Circa 1856 / Mr. and Mrs. Gene Imes / National Register




515 Ninth Street North

This classically-designed house combines Federal and Greek Revival features. The home includes four floors, porches on three sides and 14 Doric columns. The home, with a museum-quality collection of decorative arts, is the setting for historic narratives about 19th century life in Columbus. Circa 1837 / Dr. & Mrs. Mark Novotny / National Register / Mississippi Landmark




1219 Third Avenue North

Named after the stately Magnolia tree in the front lawn, this Greek Revival house was built in 1853. The front door opens to an oversized hallway that runs from the front door to the back of the house, a unique characteristic of the historic “double shotgun” style home. Downstairs, the study and master suite on one side of the hall and music and dining room flanking the other are filled with art and antiques. In 1900, the Mayor of Columbus, David McClanahan, purchased the home and incorporated the old kitchen house into the main structure. He also enlarged the house for his wife and 10 children and included a secret compartment in the master bedroom where he hid his liquor from his teetotaling wife. Circa 1853 / Mr. and Mrs. Pete Tortorici


Blue Tour - Waverley Mansion, Bryn Bella, Colonnade Gardens


March 30  -  9:00am - 12:00pm, Thursday

April 1  -  9:00am - 12:00pm, Saturday

April 3  -  9:00am - 12:00pm, Monday

April 5  -  2:00pm - 5:00pm, Wednesday

April 7  -  2:00pm - 5:00pm, Friday




1852 Waverley Mansion Road

Waverley Mansion showcases an octagonal shaped cupola to its self-supporting curved stairways, making it one of the most unique antebellum plantation homes in the South. Restored to its former grandeur, this showplace is open for tours year-round. Circa 1852 / Robert Snow Family / National Historic Landmark / National Register / National Restoration Award




1822 Stinson Creek Road

Traditional Southern antebellum architecture is beautifully captured at Bryn Bella. Built in 1848 by the William Cox family and designed by James Lull, this stately home boasts heart of pine floors, jib windows that access multiple porches, and grand top and bottom hallways. Built with hospitality and fresh country breezes in mind, Bryn Bella was once a 5,000-acre cotton plantation and is still a lovely reminder when “Cotton was king.” Circa 1848 / Chrissy and Keith Heard / National Register/ Restoration Award Historic Columbus




620 Second Street South

Colonnade Garden is typical of the 1860s, featuring a boxwood maze, pleasure garden, formal area with fountains, kitchen and herb garden, fruits and berries. Walk through to enjoy the flowers blooming in the footprints of each gardener who has lived here in the past. Circa 1840 / Dr. and Mrs. Ryan Hill / National Register


Orange Tour - Whitehall, Amzi Love Home, Stephen D. Lee Home


March 31  -  9:00am - 12:00pm, Friday

April 2  -  12:00pm - 3:00pm, Sunday

April 4  -  9:00am - 12:00pm, Tuesday

April 6  -  9:00am - 12:00pm, Thursday

April 8  -  2:00pm - 5:00pm, Saturday




607 Third Street South

Built in 1843 by James Walton Harris, Whitehall was originally designed as a two-story Greek Revival townhouse. This stately mansion exhibits six paneled square columns at the edge of a wooden porch. The banisters bordering the porch consist of identically-milled hardwood balusters. Inside, heart pine floors and handsome woodwork provide the background for the Boggess’ collection of 18th and 19th century antiques. Circa 1843 / Dr. and Mrs. Joe Boggess & Family / National Register / Historic American Buildings




305 Seventh Street South

As the only home on Pilgrimage that has remained in the same family for eight generations, many of the fine furnishings are original to the house. Amzi Love is a tour home that has been reviewed in Fodor’s Travel Guide and the New York Times Travel Magazine. Circa 1848 / Mr. and Mrs. R. Sidney Caradine III / National Register




Florence McLeod Hazard Museum, 316 Seventh Street North

Once the home of CSA General Stephen D. Lee, this home was preserved and restored in 1960 by the Lowndes County Historical Society and the Society for the Preservation of Antiques. It contains many original Lee family furnishings and portraits as well as an extensive Civil War collection. Circa 1847 / Owned by the Stephen D. Lee Foundation National Register / Mississippi Landmark


Yellow Tour - White Arches, Rosewood Manor, Baskerville Manor


March 31  -  2:00pm - 5:00pm, Friday

April 2  -  3:00pm - 6:00pm, Sunday

April 4  -  2:00pm - 5:00pm, Tuesday

April 6  -  2:00pm - 5:00pm, Thursday

April 8  -  9:00am - 12:00pm, Saturday




122 Seventh Avenue South

Affectionately called “Columbus Eclectic,” combined architectural elements of Greek Revival, Gothic and Italianate come together to form White Arches’ welcoming style.Beautiful woodwork, mirrored glass doorknobs, a three-story cupola, and even original bedroom closets add to its allure. Circa 1857 / Mr. and Mrs. Dick Leike / National Register




719 Seventh Street North

This home boasts a Greek Revival facade with a Federal influence and reigns over four and a half acres of landscaped grounds, including 3,000 boxwoods. The encircling brick drive was originally built to accommodate carriages. Rosewood Manor is one of the oldest brick homes in Columbus. Circa 1835 / Mr. and Mrs. Dewitt Hicks / National Register




905 Third Avenue North

An Italianate townhouse, Baskerville Manor delights the visitor’s eye with an asymmetrical arrangement of lines and shapes, brick walls, a symmetrical tower on the side, and a plethora of porches. This home features the only standing coach house in Lowndes County. Circa 1860 / Ms. Rachel George


Red Tour - Shadowlawn, Errolton


April 1 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday

April 4 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday

April 6 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday

April 8 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday




1024 College Street

Fluted columns tower over the grand portico of this charming Greek Revival mansion with its Gothic and Italianate accents. Shadowlawn houses many wonderful Victorian collections, including novelty clocks, calling card receivers, and aesthetic silver and silverplate. It showcases an excellent example of antebellum and early Victorian lifestyles. Standing stately on the corner beside the Mississippi University for Women (MUW), Shadowlawn was beautifully restored in 2001 and featured on HGTV. It now serves as a wedding venue and bed and breakfast. Circa 1848 / Mrs. Burnette Avakian / National Register



216 Third Avenue S.

Built in the 1840s, Errolton boasts double parlors with original twin pier mirrors which reflect the beautiful chandeliers into infinity. The original wrought iron fence embossed by the builder, William B. Weaver, stands regally in front of the home. Circa 1848 / Mr. & Mrs. Keith Gaskin / National Register


One Day Tour - Ole Homestead, Annunciation Catholic Church, St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Sunday, April 2

2:00pm - 4:00pm




302 College Street

The Ole Homestead is a vernacular raised cottage probably constructed by Charles Abert when he moved to Columbus in 1825. It was originally two rooms over two rooms facing the Tombigbee River. In 1835 Abert sold the home to John Kirk who added an east wing facing College Street. It is the oldest building remaining within the original corporate limits of Columbus and among the oldest raised-cottage houses in Mississippi. Former residents include Congressman H S Bennett and Confederate surgeon James Hopkins. The historic landmark received the 2014 Trudy Allen Award for residential restoration in Mississippi from the Mississippi Heritage Trust. Circa 1825 / Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Ward / National Register




808 College Street

Dedicated in 1863, Annunciation Catholic Church is the oldest Catholic church in Northeast Mississippi. It once served a parish that included Corinth and Meridian. The design for the Gothic structure was conceived by Father J. B. Mounton, the first priest. The new addition was complete in 2001.




318 College Street

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church was built in 1837. The stained glass windows of this Gothic –designed church depict the life of Christ. A beautiful stained glass window from the Tiffany company was dedicated in 1896. Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams’ grandfather, The Reverend Walter Edwin Dakin, served as rector at St. Paul’s in 1911, the year Tennessee Williams was born.



Tales From The Crypt


Friday, March 31st

Monday, April 3rd

Wednesday, April 5th

Friday, April 7th


FRIENDSHIP CEMETERY, Fourth St. South and Fifteenth Ave. South

7:00pm - 10:00pm. Please arrive no later than 9:00pm.


Tickets $5.00 for adults; $3.00 for students


This graveyard tour promises to be a memorable experience for lovers of history and drama, for it is a combination of both. Tales from the Crypt re-creates the lives of noted personalities interred at historic Friendship Cemetery, the site of the Decoration Day that inspired the poem, The Blue and the Gray. Tales from the Crypt is an award-winning project of history students from the Columbus-based Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science. The project has won the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and been named a national finalist by the History Channel for the Save Our History Classroom Award. The project has also been featured nationally by National Public Radio, Turner Broadcasting, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Garden & Gun, and a host of other regional publications. MSMS students research and develop characters with assistance from the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library archives staff. Tales from the Crypt is a treat for the entire family.

Whitehall (c. 1843)

Whitehall (c. 1843)

Open by appointment. Circa 1843 NATIONAL REGISTER HISTORIC DISTRICT   This pillared mansion was built near the street, although the property extended over an entire city block; it includes gardens,…

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