These walls are talking and they have stories to tell

Published 3:06 pm Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Thirteen captivating days of historic home tours via an authentic double-decker bus, candlelight reenactments at Friendship Cemetery, dining, boutique shopping and walking tours in Columbus, Miss., will be held during the 72nd Annual Columbus Spring Pilgrimage held from March 26 through April 7.

Stroll from room to room at Temple Heights and hear ladies in nineteenth century dress relate the events of their daily lives. The riveting tale of the origins of our nation’s Memorial Day celebration can be heard at Twelve Gables. After his escape from a Union prison, sixteen-year-old Bud Harris hid in the attic of Whitehall, where his mother baked a pumpkin pie for an ailing Yankee soldier. Amazing Amzi Love is still occupied by descendants of the original builder. Elaborate Rococo-style furnishings and the stunning wallpaper and floor coverings of Rosedale are truly mesmerizing. Other unsurpassed architectural marvels include Bryn Bella, Baskerville Manor and White Arches. Lush gardens and a profusion of flowers greet visitors to Rosewood Manor. The interior décor is awash in a palette of colors that echo the rich hues of one of the largest collections of fine porcelain in the world. Magnificent Waverley Mansion is a step back into the era of the immensely wealthy cotton planter. This is living history at its finest; all are private homes, not museums.

By night, the evening’s entertainment is equally dramatic. Candle lights flicker along the pathways of Friendship Cemetery as Tales of the Crypt unfold. Actors portray the lives of those interred within, providing glimpses into the city’s intriguing past.

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Other special events during Pilgrimage include: The Opening Block Party, Noon Tunes, Artisans Alley & Living History, Pilgrimage 10K Race, Church Tours, and the Mayor’s Unity Picnic.   

Maps and tickets for all events are available at the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau, 117 3rd Street South, just off Main Street.