twelve gables was built in 1838. in 1866 a group of ladies met at twelve gables to plan to decorate the the graves of civil war soldiers in friendship cemetery. this meeting led to the national holiday memorial day. twelve gables is listed on the national register of historic places.
friendship cemetery was established in 1849. after the battle of shiloh thousands of confederate dead were buried here. in 1866 a group of ladies met at the twelve gables house to plan to decorate the graves of fallen civil war soldiers. this meeting led to the national holiday of memorial day. as well as the huge confederate section friendship cemetery has an interesting collection of funerary art. friendship cemetery is listed on the national register of historic places.
the lowndes county courthouse was built in 1847 and designed by architect james lull. the courthouse was remodeled by r. h. hunt in 1905. for those interested in architecture the lowndes county courthouse is worth a look in downtown columbus.
white arches was built in 1857. this interesting antebellum home is called "columbus eclectic" because of it's greek revival, gothic, and italianate architectural elements. white arches is listed on the national register of historic places.
rosedale plantation house was built in 1855. this beautiful italianate mansion was designed by architect samuel sloan. rosedale is open to the public by appointment. rosedale is listed on the national register of historic places.
the stephen d. lee house was built by major thomas garton blewett, a prominent early citizen of columbus in 1847. blewett's grand daughter regina married famous confederate general stephen d. lee. after the civil war this home became mr. and mrs. lee's residence. today the house is home to the florence mc leod hazard museum. the museum exhibits a collection of civil war relics and artifacts. this beautiful italianate town home is listed on the national register of historic places.
a good first stop on a visit to columbus is the visitor center. here you can get a driving map of columbus' excellent collection of antebellum and victorian homes. the visitor center is located in the 1875 tennessee williams house. thomas "tennessee" williams was a famous playwrite who won a tony award for "the rose tattoo" and pulitzer prizes for "a streetcar named desire" and "cat on a hot tin roof". also at the visitor center you can get information on hotels, restaurants, and other area attractions.
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 recreates the lives of noted local personalities interred at the historic Friendship Cemetery, site of the Confederate Decoration Day that inspired the poem, "the Blue and the Gray."
Each year, a series of vignettes feature prominent local citizens who contributed to the history of the city and state. Among those who are candidates for research and portrayal in the vignettes are five Confederate States of America army generals, two former governors of Mississippi, a United States Congressman, merchants, lawmakers, authors and more. Tales from the Crypt is an award-winning project of history students from the Columbus-based Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science and a National Finalist for the Save Our History Classroom Award.
The students select, research and portray the characters who comprise "Tales." We are very grateful to the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library for their assistance and dedication in aiding the research. Performances are available during Pilgrimage only. A treat for the entire family!
Only a madman (or woman) would miss the "Ghosts and Legends" tour. It is one of the most exciting evenings of the year. This October, embark on an escorted bus journey through Columbus' haunted past.
Don't think you know all the stories, because there are new ones each year. But, get your tickets early. My crystal ball predicts all slots will be sold out very soon.
The Columbus Spring Pilgrimage is an award-winning event that has earned the coveted reputation as one of the best and most authentic historic home tours in the South. The antebellum mansions of Columbus are impeccably maintained as resplendent as ever. Many tour homes feature re-created activities of the 1800's complete with period costumes, which add even more authenticity to this historic event. It's an experience visitors will long remember.
Driving and walking tour maps of Columbus are available at the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center located downtown at 300 Main Street.
Located just outside of town, Friendship Cemetery is one of the most famous cemeteries in the south. There are more than 15,000 total gravesites here, many of which have huge, ornate gravemarkers. There are many old Magnolia trees throughout, giving it a definitive southern feel. There are 4 United States congressman, 2 Mississippi governors, 5 Confederate civil war generals, and 2,194 Conferderate soldiers who died in the Battle of Shiloh buried in the cemetery. And there is a Civil War memorial here dedicated to these soldiers who gave up their lives fighting for the south.
Another excellent example of southern style architecture, the Lowndes County Court House is located near the center of town. A huge monument to Confederate Army soldiers stands in front of the building.
All around this town, there are endless amounts of old Antebellum and Victorian age houses here. It was nice to just to walk around the town and check out all the history that is displayed with these homes. Really cool!
the lowndes county confederate civil war memorial is located on the grounds of the lowndes county courthouse. this massive monument has a standing soldier motif which is common in the south.
white hall was built by planter james walton harris in 1857. during the civil war white hall was used as a confederate hospital.