Take a trip back in time and enjoy unparalleled hospitality and rich heritage at the 78th Annual Columbus Spring Pilgrimage April 5-14, 2018. As spring blooms in Columbus, visitors are invited to experience this award-winning event that offers unique culture unlike any other in, “The City That Has It All.” Bring your family and friends, hop on a carriage ride, and delight in all that the Columbus Spring Pilgrimage has to offer.

 

9:00 a.m.  |  Complimentary coffee & tour

Start your day off with a complimentary tour and cup of coffee at the Tennessee Williams Home & Welcome Center. The impressive Victorian abode was the first home of Columbus’ own Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.

9:30 a.m.  |  Carriage Ride & First Home Tour

For a delightful treat, hop on a horse-drawn carriage ride to your first home tour. This is a real thrill for history buffs and architecture connoisseurs alike—and the perfect opportunity to enjoy the full splendor of the city.

Carriage rides are available for $5 per person.

During the 10-day celebration, many of our impeccably preserved National Register properties will be on display through five different tours, each featuring a delightful mix of resplendent antebellum mansions and gardens, many of which will feature tour guides in authentic period dress and activities from the 19th century.

The first tours run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day, except for Sunday, April 8. Different tours are offered each day. View the complete schedule and ticket pricing here.

12:00 p.m.  |  Lunch

Enjoy a lunch at one of our many fine restaurants.

2:00 p.m.  |  Double Deck Bus Ride & Second Home Tour

Now it’s time to see Columbus from a whole new angle! Catch a ride to the next tour on our authentic British Double Decker Bus. You won’t want to miss this chance to gain a fresh perspective on the sights and sounds of the city.

Double Decker Buss Rides are available for $5 with purchase of a tour ticker, or $8 without purchase of a tour ticket.

Continue your afternoon with a second tour of homes, where these historic gems beckon you to pause and appreciate their resplendent architecture and intricate design details.

The second tours run from 2 to 5 p.m. each day, except for Sunday, April 8. Different tours are offered each day. View the complete schedule and ticket pricing here.

5:00 p.m.  |  Dinner

Enjoy dinner at one of our many fine restaurants.

7:00 p.m.  |  Tales from the Crypt

This family-friendly graveyard tour promises to be a memorable experience for lovers of history and drama. 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 (MSMS). 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.

Experience Tales from the Crypt Friday, April 6; Monday, April 9, Wednesday, April 11; and Friday, April 13. View the complete schedule and ticket pricing here.

Delight in even more Southern splendor!

Whether you’re interested in architecture, history, the arts, culinary traditions—or all of the above, Columbus Spring Pilgrimage has something for everyone! View a complete listing of special events here.

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