Columbus Travel Guide

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Columbus Things to Do

  • twelve gables

    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

    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...

  • confederate civil war memorial

    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.

  • lowndes county courthouse

    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

    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.

  • white hall

    white hall was built by planter james walton harris in 1857. during the civil war white hall was used as a confederate hospital.

  • rosedale

    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.

  • stephen d. lee house

    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...

  • visitor center

    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...

  • Tales from the Crypt

    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...

  • Ghosts and Legends tour

    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...

  • Columbus Spring Pilgrimage

    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...

  • Columbus First United Methodist Church

    Located in town on Main Street, this church is one of the oldest in Mississippi, dating back to 1831. The present structure was completed in 1866, and is a lovely place of worship in Columbus.

  • Friendship Cemetery

    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...

  • Lowndes County Court House

    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.


Columbus Hotels

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  • Best Western Executive Inn

    303 Shoney Drive, Columbus, Mississippi, 39701, United States

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

  • Quality Inn

    1210 Highway 45 N, Columbus, MS 39705

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Holiday Inn

    1200 HWY 45 NORTH, Columbus, MS 39705

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

Columbus Restaurants

  • Garibaldi's

    This is one of those places that you just keep coming back to for dinner. Maybe it's because there aren't many choices, or because the food is actually good. (It's good).

  • Old Hickory Steak House

    OK, this town isn't much, but everytime I visit, I crave the steak here. Some people would call this a dive, and I might even agree with them. But if you can see past the cinder block walls, you'll find some really delicious food!As you come through the front door, you're standing right next to the guy who is grilling the steaks over hickory and...

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