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Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center (c. 1875)

Location Information:
300 Main Street
Columbus, MS

Contact Information:

Website: http://visitcolumbusms.org/index.php/contact_us#top


Description:

The Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center is the first home of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams. The author made history with well-known plays such as "A Streetcar Named Desire," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "The Glass Menagerie."

Williams, the man said to be America's most important playwright, was born in Columbus, Mississippi, on Sunday, March 26, 1911. He spent his early years in an old Victorian home that served as the rectory for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Williams’ grandfather, the Reverend Walker Dakin, served as minister for the church from 1905 through 1913.

 

In 1993, the rectory was in danger of being torn down to accommodate a church expansion. In an effort to preserve this historic literary landmark, the yellow and blue gingerbread home was loaded onto flatbed trailers and moved to Main Street, where it was restored. Just three months after opening, Tennessee Williams was honored with a U.S. postage stamp, and a public ceremony was held in the home. Recently honored with the designation of a National Literary Landmark, the home serves as the official Welcome Center for Columbus.

 

Open Monday-Saturday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sunday.


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