Columbus, Mississippi

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Columbus, Mississippi, USA

Attractions in Columbus, Mississippi

Amusements

  • Columbus Speedway

    2616 Tabernacle Road
    Columbus, MS 39701
    662-241-5004
    This red clay oval track offers the excitement of auto racing. Action is guaranteed during the thrilling battles of the Weekly Racing Series
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  • Magnolia Speedway

    495 Highway 45 South
    Columbus, MS 39701
    662-328-0376
    This track is a state-of-the-art race facility featuring a 3/8-mile dirt oval and lots of exciting speedway action!
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Historic Homes & Buildings

  • Columbus Welcome Center/Tennessee Williams Home

    300 Main Street
    Columbus, MS 39701
    662-328-0222
    The first home of the South's most prolific playwright now serves as the Welcome Center for Columbus and Lowndes County.
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  • Concord CME Church

    1213 Concord Road
    Columbus, MS 39701
    662-328-3356
    This was the first African-American church in Lowndes County. Established in 1867, the church first met under a collection of limbs in an open grove until this church building was constructed in...
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  • Dr. Theodoric V. James Home

    1104 Fifth Avenue North
    Columbus, MS 39701
    This is the home of Dr. Theodoric James, who is believed to be Columbus' first African-American doctor. He built this home between 1906 and 1912 and it is still owned by his descendants.
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  • Harrison-Imes Home

    419 Ninth Street North
    Columbus, MS 39701
    Located in the Historic District
    This antebellum home was the site of the 1865 marriage of Stephen D. Lee and his bride, Regina Harrison.
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  • Missionary Union Baptist Church

    1207 Fifth Avenue North
    Columbus, MS 39701
    662-327-4677
    Organized in 1833, this is the oldest African American church in North Mississippi. The church formed during the era of slavery and first began meeting in the basement of another local church. This...
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  • Penny-Savings Bank

    Corner of Second Avenue North and Fifth Street
    Columbus, MS 39701
    This was the first African-American bank in the early 1900's, but there are several other significant aspects regarding this location. This was also the location of Robert Gleed's grocery store....
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  • Queen City Hotel Site

    Fifteenth Street North and Seventh Avenue North
    Columbus, MS 39701
    This site was the center of the African-American business district in the mid-twentieth century. It was also the focus of lodging and entertainment for the African-American community. It was...
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  • Robert Walker Home Site

    Seventh Avenue and Fourteenth Street North
    Columbus, MS 39701
    Robert Walker, born before the Civil War, was a slave who was a house servant for the Walker family. Here he was trained as a butler and caterer. He was the first African-American to own and operate...
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  • Rosewood Manor

    719 7th Street North
    Columbus, MS 39701
    662-328-7313 or 662-364-0705
    Rosewood Manor is a Greek Revival Antebellum mansion that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Though it is a private residence, the home, its gardens, gazebo and the authentic...
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  • Shadowlawn

    1024 College Street
    Columbus, MS 39701
    Located in the Historic District
    Shadowlawn is a restored Greek Revival mansion with Gothic and Italianate details. It is listed on the National Register.
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  • Snowden

    906 Third Avenue North
    Columbus, MS 39701
    Located in the Historic District
    Built by former governor, James Whitfield, Snowden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features 14 magnificent rooms, seven porches, a lovely rose garden, and a formal garden.
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  • Twelve Gables

    220 Third Street South
    Columbus, MS 39701
    Located in the Historic District
    Twelve Gables is famous for being the meeting place for the local ladies who planned the decoration of Confederate graves in 1866, leading to our nation's first Memorial Day. It is listed on the...
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  • Union Academy

    1425 Tenth Avenue North
    Columbus, MS 39701
    662-328-6188
    Established in 1877, this school is on the former site of the Confederate Arsenal. The school began in late 1865 as an education center for freed slaves.
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  • W. I. Mitchell Home Sight

    Corner of Seventh and Sixteenth Street North
    Columbus, MS 39701
    This historic building was the home of W.I. Mitchell, who served as first black principal of the first African-American school, Union Academy, in 1877.
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  • Waverley Plantation Mansion

    1852 Waverley Mansion Road
    Columbus, MS 39701
    662-494-1399
    Listed on the National Register of Historical Places, this Greek Revival home is also a National Historical Landmark and is one of the most photographed antebellum homes in the South. Open daily...
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Historic Sites & Monuments

  • Catfish Alley

    Between Main Street and College Street
    Columbus, MS 39701
    Located Downtown
    Catfish Alley was the central meeting place and business district for Columbus' African-Americans from the late 19th Century to the 20th Century.
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  • Friendship Cemetery

    Fourth Street South
    Columbus, MS 39701
    662-328-0222
    Friendship Cemetery was the site of the first Memorial Day Celebration in 1866. This famous Civil War cemetery is where the Decoration Day ladies met after the Civil War to put flowers on the graves...
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  • Horace King Bridge Site

    West End of Fourth Avenue South
    Columbus, MS 39701
    This bridge, built by Horace King was completed in 1844. Horace King was a slave who had been freed by his master in 1846 and became one of the most respected bridge builders in the entire southeast.
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  • Sanfield Cemetary

    Martin Luther King Drive South and College Street
    Columbus, MS 39701
    This late nineteenth century cemetary is the resting place of several influential African Americans. Buried here are such esteemed leaders as Robert Gleed, W.I. Mitchell, Richard Littlejohn, Jack...
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Libraries & Research Centers

  • Columbus Lowndes Public Library

    314 Seventh Street
    Columbus, MS 39701
    662-329-5300
    This library features some archives of particular interest. Visit the Billups-Garth Archives or the Buckley Geneology Room and browse the extensive records of Columbus history.
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Museums & Galleries

  • MUW Art Gallery

    1100 College Street
    Columbus, MS 39701
    The Fine Arts Gallery is Located in Shattuck Hall
    662-329-7341
    Considered to be a world-class gallery, unique exhibits from various artists throughout the South and students are housed in the Fine Arts Center.
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  • Plymouth Bluff Museum

    2200 Old West Point Road
    Columbus, MS 39701
    662-241-6214
    This interesting museum contains artifacts and cultural history exhibits dating back to the Cretaceous and Pleistocene ages.
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  • Rosenzweig Arts Center

    501 Main Street
    Columbus, MS 39701
    662-328-2781
    This center provides intereting classes, performances and exhibits representing the arts in Columbus. There is also a sales gallery for those interested in purchasing unique pieces.
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  • Stephen D. Lee Home-Florence McLeod Hazard Museum

    316 Seventh Street North
    Columbus, MS 39703
    662-327-8888
    The former residence of CSA General Stephen D. Lee, who gave the order to fire the first shot of the Civil War upon Fort Sumter, this restored Italianate home now serves as a museum and features...
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Parks, Gardens & Zoos

Tours & Cruises

  • Historic Homes Tours

    300 Main Street
    Columbus, MS 39701
    Located Downtown
    662-328-0222
    Historical homes such as Rosedale, Rosewood Manor, and Waverley Plantation Mansion are on tour.
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  • Spirited Columbus - A Ghost Tour

    200 2nd Avenue North
    Columbus, MS 39701
    Located in the Hitch Lot
    662-368-8181
    Join them as they delve into the haunted history of Columbus. This family-friendly tour, which will be led by a knowledegable tour guide on a deluxe minibus, will take you to some of Columbus' most...
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