Columbus, MS was the first home of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams.
One of America's most important playwrights, Williams was born in Columbus in 1911. Although the family remained in Columbus only a few years, the collective memory of the place that they took away was passed on to Williams, whose works often reflected a fascination with the old South. He would go on to make history with well-known plays such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie.
Under threat of being torn down in the early 1990s, the old Victorian home where Williams lived was loaded onto flatbed trailers and taken to Main Street, where it now bears the title The Tennessee Williams Welcome Center. The two-story home has been designated a National Literary Landmark and now serves as the official Welcome Center for Columbus.
The annual Tennessee Williams Celebration in Columbus includes lectures, presentations and a tour of the city's many antebellum Victorian homes, offering visitors a glimpse into the world that inspired the playwright.