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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 more info  map

  • 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! more info  map

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.  more info  map

  • 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... more info  map

  • 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... more info  map

  • 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.  more info  map

  • 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... more info  map

  • 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... more info  map

  • 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... more info  map

  • 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... more info  map

  • 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... more info

  • 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. more info  map

  • 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... more info  map

  • 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... more info  map

  • 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.  more info  map

  • 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. more info  map

  • 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... more info  map

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. more info  map

  • 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... more info  map

  • 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... more info  map

  • 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.... more info  map

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... more info  map

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.  more info  map

  • 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.  more info  map

  • 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... more info  map

  • 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... more info  map

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.  more info  map

  • 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... more info  map

  

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