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Take a trip back in time and enjoy unparalleled hospitality and rich heritage at the 78th Annual Columbus Spring Pilgrimage April 5-14, 2018. As spring blooms in Columbus, visitors are invited to experience this award-winning event that offers unique culture unlike any other in, “The City That Has It All.” Bring your family and friends, hop on a carriage ride, and delight in all that the Columbus Spring Pilgrimage has to offer. Home to some of the South’s most iconic antebellum mansions, Columbus is sure to thrill history buffs and architecture connoisseurs alike–and the Spring Pilgrimage is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the full splendor of the city. Throughout the week, many of the impeccably preserved National Register properties will be on display through a variety of Spring Pilgrimage tours, many of which will feature tour guides in authentic period dress and activities from the 19th century. From Ole Magnolia and Baskerville Manor to Whitehall and Rosedale, these historic gems beckon visitors to pause and appreciate their resplendent architecture and intricate design details. Literary fans simply can’t miss the free tours of the Tennessee Williams Home, the impressive Victorian abode of Mississippi’s own Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a just-for-fun walker, the Columbus Pilgrimage Half-Marathon and 5K (April 7), is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous season and take in some of the area’s most scenic views as you wind along the Tombigbee River and cross the historic river bridge. After you’ve worked up your appetite at the race, Catfish in the Alley comes calling. Celebrating its tenth year, this day-long event invites visitors to stroll the streets of Columbus and its historic Catfish Alley, savor the flavors of fabulous Southern food most especially catfish, and delight in the sounds of Mississippi Blues. Pilgrimage visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy the talents of artisans at events like the Buttahatchee Quilt Trail, and Artisans in the Alley and Art ‘n Antiques. From handcrafted quilts to homemade food items, you’re sure to love taking a look at the unique handiworks and experience a lot of Southern hospitality along the way. After dark, Tales from the Crypt await. Columbus’ historic Friendship Cemetery will be open for tours after the sun sets–and you may just find that some of its most notable occupants will rise from the grave to tell their stories. Don’t let the spooky setting scare you, however, as this event is perfectly family friendly! Nothing says springtime in the South quite like the Pilgrimage Garden Party (April 14). As the Pilgrimage comes to a close, sip on a mint julep, stroll through the stunning Colonnade Garden in full bloom, and bask in the wonderful memories you’ve made throughout the week! From hospitality and food to history and culture, it is sure to have been full of all of the things that make Mississippi a truly special place. To learn more about the Columbus Spring Pilgrimage, please visit VisitColumbusMS.org.
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