The Cedars (c. 1810)

Legend has it the county’s gold and silver were once stored here, but history is the real treasure in the home believed to be the oldest surviving house in north Mississippi, first built as a one-room log cabin with loft around 1818. Captain Edward Randolph, a soldier in the War of 1812, enlarged and enhanced … Continued

Ole Homestead (c. 1825)

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 … Continued

Annunciation Catholic Church

The cornerstone for the original church was set in 1863 but construction was delayed another decade due to the Civil War and reconstruction. Father Jean Baptiste Mouton, a French priest who was trained in architecture, designed the original church in Gothic style. The parish researched and planned the historic renovations for almost 10 years. The … Continued

Twelve Gables (c. 1838)

Circa 1838 NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES Twelve Gables is famous for being the meeting place of local ladies who met in 1866 to plan a special day to decorate the graves of the Confederate and Union soldiers in Friendship Cemetery. This ceremony led to our country’s Memorial Day. This private residence is one of … Continued

Snowdoun (c. 1854)

Built for James Whitfield, Governor of Mississippi, Jefferson Davis was a guest in this home during his campaign for the U.S. Senate. It is designed around an octagonal center hall. The rooms opening off the hall are square with triangular closets. Snowdoun’s seven porches are reached by jib windows which open out at the bottom … Continued

Whitehall (c. 1843)

Built in 1843 by James Walton Harris, Whitehall was originally designed as a two-story Greek Revival townhouse. The stately mansion exhibits six square, paneled columns at the edge of a wooden porch. The banisters bordering the porch consist of identically-milled hardwood balusters. Inside the home, heart-pine floors and handsome woodwork provide the background for the … Continued

White Arches (c. 1857)

Affectionately called “Columbus Eclectic,” the combined architectural elements of Greek Revival, Gothic and Italianate come together to form a most welcoming style. Beautiful woodwork, mirrored glass doorknobs, a three story cupola and even original bedroom closets add to its allure. Circa 1857/Mr. & Mrs. Dick Leike / National Register This private residence is one of … Continued

The Haven (c. 1843)

Built by Isaac Williams and his brother, Thomas, both of whom, were “free men of color” from South Carolina. Isaac as a laborer and Thomas was a blacksmith; both were considered prosperous and had their own blacksmith shop on the corner of the property. This raised cottage is reinforced with handmade bricks, and its chimneys … Continued

Waverley Plantation Mansion (c. 1852)

Waverley Plantation Mansion exemplifies Southern elegance and beauty. The antebellum home showcases a octagonal shaped cupola to its self-supporting curved stairways, making Waverley one of the most photographed and unique antebellum homes in the South. The home has graced the covers of prestigious national and international publications. The home was also featured on the A&E television … Continued

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