Columbus, Mississippi is a town that thrives on its rich heritage and Southern charm. It has been the inspiration for Pulitzer Prize winners, such as Eudora Welty and Tennessee Williams. It is the perfect destination for anyone who appreciates classic Southern architecture, good food, a friendly atmosphere, or just a down-home way of living. Columbus is also the birthplace of Tennessee Williams. His restored home now serves as a Welcome Center for the city.
Columbus is proud to be the home of Mississippi University for Women, America’s first state-funded public university for women. MUW is also where renowned novelist, Eudora Welty, chose to begin her career, and Columbus served as an inspiration for some of her novels.
A walk through downtown offers a chance for shopping in the unique boutiques lining Main Street. Visitors can peruse the gallery in the Rosenzweig Arts Center or the newly renovated Princess Theatre.
The Columbus Spring Pilgrimage is an award-winning event that has earned the coveted reputation as one of the best historic home tours in the South. The antebellum mansions of Columbus are impeccably maintained and are 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.
Columbus’ location on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway makes it ideal for fishing and other outdoor water recreation. Columbus plays host to a variety of fishing tournaments and wakeboard competitions. The newly opened Riverwalk offers a place for the community and visitors to jog, bird watch, fish, or just relax and take in the beautiful scenery of the Waterway.
Columbus prides itself on keeping up with the times while preserving the past. The city continues to break through boundaries and remain pioneers in arts, education, and cultural diversity. Columbus is a place that people are proud to call home.