Spring Pilgrimage 2018 Home Tours

The 78th Annual Spring Pilgrimage in Columbus, Mississippi is April 5-14, 2018! This award-winning event is widely recognized as one of the best and most authentic home tours in the South. The antebellum mansions of Columbus are impeccably maintained and as resplendent as ever. Many home tours feature recreated activities of the 1800s, complete with period costumes, which add excitement and even more authenticity to this historic event. It’s an experience visitors will long remember!

Tickets and information are available from Visit Columbus at 117 Third Street South. Phone: 800.920.3533 or 662.329.1191

Home Tour Tickets:

  • Adults: $30 per person
  • Senior Citizen/Military: $25
  • Students (K-12): $12
  • Groups of 20+: 10% discount
  • Prices are per tour, per person
  • Only one discount per person

Spring Pilgrimage Home Tours Dates and Times:

Green Tour – Ole Magnolia, Whitehall, Stephen D. Lee Home

April 5  –  9:00AM-12:00PM, Thursday
April 7 –  2:00PM-5:00PM, Saturday
April 9  –  9:00AM-12:00PM, Monday
April 11  –  9:00AM – 12:00PM, Wednesday
April 13 –  9:00AM – 12:00PM, Friday


1219 Third Avenue North

Named after the stately Magnolia tree in the front lawn, this Greek Revival house was built in 1853. The front door opens to an oversized hallway that runs from the front door to the back of the house, a unique characteristic of the historic “double shotgun” style home. Downstairs, the study and master suite on one side of the hall and music and dining room flanking the other are filled with art and antiques. In 1900, the Mayor of Columbus, David McClanahan, purchased the home and incorporated the old kitchen house into the main structure. He also enlarged the house for his wife and 10 children and included a secret compartment in the master bedroom where he hid his liquor from his teetotaling wife. Circa 1853 / Mr. and Mrs. Pete Tortorici


607 Third Street South

Built in 1843 by James Walton Harris, Whitehall was originally designed as a two-story Greek Revival townhouse. This stately mansion exhibits six paneled square columns at the edge of a wooden porch. The banisters bordering the porch consist of identically-milled hardwood balusters. Inside, heart pine floors and handsome woodwork provide the background for the Boggess’ collection of 18th and 19th century antiques. Circa 1843 / Dr. and Mrs. Joe Boggess & Family / National Register / Historic American Buildings


Florence McLeod Hazard Museum, 316 Seventh Street North

Once the home of CSA General Stephen D. Lee, this home was preserved and restored in 1960 by the Lowndes County Historical Society and the Society for the Preservation of Antiques. It contains many original Lee family furnishings and portraits as well as an extensive Civil War collection. Circa 1847 / Owned by the Stephen D. Lee Foundation National Register / Mississippi Landmark

Blue Tour – Rosewood Manor, Gardens, Chapel and Gazebo; Baskerville Manor; Temple Heights

April 5  –  2:00PM – 5:00PM, Thursday
April 7  –  9:00AM – 12:00PM, Saturday
April 9  –  2:00PM – 5:00PM, Monday
April 11  –  2:00PM – 5:00PM, Wednesday
April 13  –  2:00PM – 5:00PM, Friday


719 Seventh Street North

This home boasts a Greek Revival facade with a Federal influence and reigns over four and a half acres of landscaped grounds, including 3,000 boxwoods. The encircling brick drive was originally built to accommodate carriages. Rosewood Manor is one of the oldest brick homes in Columbus. Circa 1835 / Mr. and Mrs. Dewitt Hicks / National Register


905 Third Avenue North

An Italianate townhouse, Baskerville Manor delights the visitor’s eye with an asymmetrical arrangement of lines and shapes, brick walls, a symmetrical tower on the side, and a plethora of porches. This home features the only standing coach house in Lowndes County. Circa 1860 / Ms. Rachel George


515 Ninth Street North

This classically-designed house combines Federal and Greek Revival features. The home includes four floors, porches on three sides and 14 Doric columns. The home, with a museum-quality collection of decorative arts, is the setting for historic narratives about 19th century life in Columbus. Circa 1837 / Dr. & Mrs. Mark Novotny / National Register / Mississippi Landmark

Orange Tour – Rosedale, Colonnade Gardens, The Amzi Love Home

April 6  –  2:00PM – 5:00PM, Friday
April 8  –  3:00PM – 6:00PM, Sunday
April 10  –  9:00AM – 12:00PM, Tuesday
April 12  –  9:00AM – 12:00PM, Thursday
April 14  –  9:00AM – 12:00PM, Saturday


1523 Ninth Street South

This home is considered one of the finest examples of Italianate architecture in Mississippi. Rosedale has been entirely restored to its original 1856 state, including original paint colors and wallpaper patterns. The home features the nation’s largest furniture collection by American craftsman John Henry Belter. Historic Rosedale sits on 40 acres of picturesque grounds and is now serving as an event venue. Circa 1856 / Mr. and Mrs. Gene Imes / National Register


620 Second Street South

Colonnade Garden is typical of the 1860s, featuring a boxwood maze, pleasure garden, formal area with fountains, kitchen and herb garden, fruits and berries. Walk through to enjoy the flowers blooming in the footprints of each gardener who has lived here in the past. Circa 1840 / Dr. and Mrs. Ryan Hill / National Register


305 Seventh Street South

As the only home on Pilgrimage that has remained in the same family for eight generations, many of the fine furnishings are original to the house. Amzi Love is a tour home that has been reviewed in Fodor’s Travel Guide and the New York Times Travel Magazine. Circa 1848 / Mr. and Mrs. R. Sidney Caradine III / National Register

Yellow Tour – Errolton, White Arches, Shadowlawn

April 6  –  9:00AM – 12:00PM, Friday
April 8  –  12:00PM – 3:00PM, Sunday
April 10  –  2:00PM – 5:00PM, Tuesday
April 12  –  2:00PM – 5:00PM, Thursday
April 14  –  2:00PM – 5:00PM, Saturday


216 Third Avenue S.

Built in the 1840s, Errolton boasts double parlors with original twin pier mirrors which reflect the beautiful chandeliers into infinity. The original wrought iron fence embossed by the builder, William B. Weaver, stands regally in front of the home. Circa 1848 / Mr. & Mrs. Keith Gaskin / National Register


122 Seventh Avenue South

Affectionately called “Columbus Eclectic,” combined architectural elements of Greek Revival, Gothic and Italianate come together to form White Arches’ welcoming style.Beautiful woodwork, mirrored glass doorknobs, a three-story cupola, and even original bedroom closets add to its allure. Circa 1857 / Mr. and Mrs. Dick Leike / National Register


1024 College Street

Fluted columns tower over the grand portico of this charming Greek Revival mansion with its Gothic and Italianate accents. Shadowlawn houses many wonderful Victorian collections, including novelty clocks, calling card receivers, and aesthetic silver and silverplate. It showcases an excellent example of antebellum and early Victorian lifestyles. Standing stately on the corner beside the Mississippi University for Women (MUW), Shadowlawn was beautifully restored in 2001 and featured on HGTV. It now serves as a wedding venue and bed and breakfast. Circa 1848 / Mrs. Burnette Avakian / National Register

One Day Tour – George A. Hazard Home, Primrose

Sunday, April 8
2:00PM – 4:00PM



1006 College Street

This classic Italianate cottage is a one-story frame that features a Tuscan-columned portico and a hip-roof side. It has been in the Hazard family since the 1930s. Circa 1859 / It is the home of the George S. Hazard family.





419 Third Street South

The home is a two-story hip roof frame residence; two-tiered verandah with bracketed and chamfered columns, cornice brackets, scalloped frieze molding. Circa 1850 / It is the home of Drs. Ricky and Brooke Johnson and family.


Tales From The Crypt

Friday, April 6
Monday, April 9
Wednesday, April 11
Friday, April 13

FRIENDSHIP CEMETERY, Fourth St. South and Fifteenth Ave. South

7:00pm – 10:00pm. Please arrive no later than 9:00pm.
Tickets $5.00 for adults; $3.00 for students

This graveyard tour promises to be a memorable experience for lovers of history and drama, for it is a combination of both. Tales from the Crypt re-creates the lives of noted personalities interred at historic Friendship Cemetery, the site of the Decoration Day that inspired the poem, The Blue and the Gray. Tales from the Crypt is an award-winning project of history students from the Columbus-based Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science. The project has won the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and been named a national finalist by the History Channel for the Save Our History Classroom Award. The project has also been featured nationally by National Public Radio, Turner Broadcasting, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Garden & Gun, and a host of other regional publications. MSMS students research and develop characters with assistance from the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library archives staff. Tales from the Crypt is a treat for the entire family.