Founded in 1821 on the banks of the Tombigbee River, Columbus is the perfect destination for anyone who appreciates classic architecture, literature, good food, and a friendly atmosphere. The city’s roots date back nearly 200 years and now thrives on its rich heritage and Southern charm. We invite you plan a stay and explore Columbus’ exciting sites!


Harvey’s is is an upscale, casual restaurant with an inviting, contemporary atmosphere accentuated by exposed brick, decorative woodwork, and great music. The menu includes everything from specialty salads and sandwiches to Harvey’s signature ribeye and prime rib. This is a the perfect place to meet for a good conversion and a glass of wine.

Old Hickory Steakhouse, open for almost 50 years, is a no-frills, family-owned restaurant is the place to go for a traditional steak and potatoes dinner cooked to perfection. While Old Hickory has a simple menu it makes up for in flavor since all of the steaks are cooked over a real charcoal grill.

Broussard’s, a New Orleans style restaurant serves well-prepared dishes from “scratch” with fresh locally-sourced ingredients. The menu features a wide selection of options from chicken and andouille gumbo and pecan pane catfish to bread pudding beignets, all of which have been perfected to the last bite.


Built in the mid-1800s, some of Shadowlawn Bed & Breakfast’s original architectural highlights remain, but the home has been modernized and refurbished to give guests a more comfortable and relaxing stay. Along with a gourmet breakfast menu, the elegant rooms are spacious and historically furnished.

Restored in 1890s decor, the Painted Lady of Columbus Bed & Breakfast is a beautiful example of Queen Anne architecture and resplendent in authentic antiques of the period. Each morning, a full gourmet breakfast is served on French antique china by candlelight each morning. See for yourself why visitors have called the hospitality they experienced during their stay the “true spirit of Mississippi.”


The Elbow Room was made famous by John McClanahan and Buckshot, the bartending dog, in the ‘80s. However, the historic lounge has even deeper roots in Blues Music lore and continues to support local artists. Stop by for a craft beer, a sandwich, and game of darts or pool while enjoying the new Mississippi sounds played there today.

The Tennessee Williams Home & Welcome Center is the first home of Pulitzer Prize-winning Tennessee Williams, one of the most important playwrights in American history. The author made history with well-known plays such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie.

Built in 1843, Whitehall was originally designed as a two-story Greek Revival townhouse. Inside, heart pine floors and handsome woodwork provide the background for the collection of 18th and 19th century antiques. Tours are available year round and is featured during Columbus’ annual Spring Pilgrimage each year, along with many other historic homes.

Photo: Whitehall Greek Revival townhouse in Columbus. 

This post was written by the staff of Visit Mississippi and highlights some of our favorite destinations. To learn about other top Columbus visitor attractions and to plan your trip, see www.visitcolumbusms.org.