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Columbus: One of America’s ‘Distinctive Destinations’
On February 7, 2008, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Columbus, Mississippi one of its 2008 Dozen Distinctive Destinations. “Columbus will undoubtedly surprise you with its diverse and abundant cultural resources,” said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust. “As one of the best kept secrets in the state of Mississippi, it is an unrivaled destination for anyone who enjoys Southern architecture, savors down-home cooking, and seeks an escape to the great outdoors.”
The Tennessee Williams Home & Welcome Center is the first home of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams. The author made history with well-known plays such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie.
Columbus, Mississippi, served as a hospital town during the American Civil War. While other cities were ravaged during the Civil War, Columbus’ service to preserving life aided in the preservation of its antebellum and Victorian homes. While many of the casualties from strategic battles, such as Shiloh, were brought to Columbus for recovery, thousands suffered mortal wounds and were buried in the town’s historic Friendship Cemetery.