See the azaleas bloom amongst historic antebellum homes as Spring Pilgrimage season gets underway in the historic Mississippi towns of Natchez and Columbus.
Natchez Spring Pilgrimage | March 14-April 14
Established in 1716, Natchez sits high on a magnificent bluff overlooking the Mighty Mississippi River. The historic river city has more than 600 examples of Antebellum Architecture. During the Fall and Spring Pilgrimages, more privately owned historic homes open their doors than any other time of the year. Natchez is treasured worldwide as a living museum of southern history and a hallmark of hospitality. For more information or tickets, head to Natchezpilgrimage.com.
Columbus Spring Pilgrimage | March 26 – April 4
This award-winning event has been widely recognized as one of the best and most authentic home tours in the South. In addition to the more than 650 National Register properties and three National Register Historic Districts, the Columbus Spring Pilgrimage embraces and celebrates all of the Northeast Mississippi town’s history as it serves up a feast of irresistible cultural flavors. For more information, head to visitcolumbusms.org
COLUMBUS SPRING PILGRIMAGE HIGHLIGHTS
- Home and Garden Tours | Historic homes and gardens on 10-day tour along with carriage and double decker bus rides
- Kickoff Party | March 26 | Catfish plates with live music
- Catfish in the Alley® | March 28 | Enjoy fresh catfish and live blues in Columbus’ historic Catfish Alley
- Tales from the Crypt | March 27 and 30; April 1 and 3 |Graveyard tour that re-creates the lives of noted personalities interred in Historic Friendship Cemetery
- Garden Party | April 4 | Enjoy mint juleps and cheese straws on a beautiful afternoon
- Pilgrimage 5K Run | April 4 | Finish up the fantastic 80th Pilgrimage with the Pilgrimage 5K winding through downtown Columbus beginning at 7 A.M.