Tourism

Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center
Location Information:
300 Main Street
Columbus, MS

Contact Information:
Phone: (662) 328-0222
Website: http://www.muw.edu/tennesseewilliams

Open Monday-Saturday 8:30am-5pm

The Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center is the first home of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams. The author made history with well-known plays such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie.

Tennessee Williams, the man said to be the most important American playwright, was born in Columbus, Mississippi in 1911. He spent his beginning years in an old Victorian home that was the rectory for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Williams’ grandfather, Reverend Walker Dakin, served as minister for the church.

In 1993, the rectory was in danger of being torn down to make room for a church expansion. In an effort to preserve this historic literary landmark, the yellow and blue gingerbread home was loaded onto flatbed trailers and moved to Main Street, where it was restored. Just three months after opening, Tennessee Williams was honored with a U.S. postage stamp, and a public ceremony was held there. The home was also recently honored with the designation of a National Literary Landmark, and it now serves as the official Welcome Center for Columbus.

 

Columbus Speedway
Location Information:
660 Hutcherson Road
Columbus, MS

Contact Information:
Phone: (662) 241-6262
Phone: (662) 547-6808
Website: www.columbusspeedway.net

 

Magnolia Motor Speedway
Location Information:
495 Highway 45 South
Columbus, MS

Contact Information:
Phone: (662) 240-3478
Website: www.magnoliadirt.com

 

Columbus Riverwalk
662.328.4164

Location Information:
College Street and 1st Street South
Columbus, MS

Description:
2.2 mile walking/biking trail. The trail begins at Main Street and winds along the Tombigbee River. The trail offers two pavilions, bathrooms, benches, bike racks, and picnic tables.

 

R.E. Hunt Museum
Location Information:
924 20th Street North
Columbus, MS

Website: http://www.rehuntmuseum.org/

Description:
The R. E. Hunt Museum & Cultural Center is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2011 and supported by alumni, voluteers and friends.
E. Hunt opened its doors during the late 1950s – educating thousands of African American students during a time when segregation and racism plagued our society. Following school integration in 1971, R. E. Hunt remained a viable educational asset to all students in Columbus, MS – operating until its closure in 2011.
Today, R. E. Hunt is preserved as a museum and cultural center and has been designated as a Mississippi Historic Landmark.  Visitors are able to explore the history of education in Columbus on Tuesdays, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

 

Dewayne Hayes Recreation Area and Campground
Location Information:
7934 Barton Ferry Road
Columbus, MS

Contact Information:
Phone: (662) 434-6939

Description:
Located immediately next to Columbus Lake on the Tenn-Tom Waterway, the Dewayne Hayes Recreation Area has 100 sites with electric and water hookups and 10 primitive sites. The campground provides convenient access to the waterway and there is ample opportunity for fishing, boating, or spending the day hiking and sightseeing along the banks of the river.  Kids will love the day-use Spray Park.

 

Old Waverly Mansion and Gardens