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Southern Roots: Tennessee Williams and Columbus, MS

Tennessee Williams, one of the most important playwrights in American history, was born in Columbus, Mississippi in 1911.  

 

Although he remained in Columbus for only a few years, the hospitality, warmth and Southern charm of this community and its people left a lasting impression and served as inspiration for the playwright for years to come. This Southern influence can be seen in much of his work, including some of his best-known plays such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie. 

 

During the 1950s, when his career was in full swing, Williams returned to Columbus.  During his visit, he commented, “Home is where you hang your childhood, and Mississippi to me is the beauty spot of creation, a dark, wide, spacious land that you can breathe in.”

 

In 1993, the rectory was in danger of being torn down to make room for church expansion.  In an effort to preserve this literary landmark, the yellow and blue gingerbread home was loaded onto flatbed trailers and moved to Main Street, where it was restored. 

 

On September 10, 2004, the home was designated as a National Literary Landmark to celebrate his contributions to the American arts.  Today, it serves as the official welcome center for Columbus and hosts visitors from around the world who come to see this historic home, and to learn more about the man, his life and work.

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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Upcoming Events

Lion Hills Summer Junior Golf Camps

27 Jun 2017

Lion Hills Center and Golf Course, 2331 Military Road, Columbus, will host Junior Golf Camps…
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Sounds of Summer Concert Series

29 Jun 2017

Sounds of Summer at the Columbus Riverwalk This week: Deacon Jones and the Late Night!…
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FIREWORKS ON THE WATER 2017

01 Jul 2017

COME CELEBRATE OUR NATION'S INDEPENDENCE DAY and MISSISSIPPI'S BICENTENNIAL! At Fireworks on the Water Saturday,…
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