1109 pinehurst place

At 1109 Pinehurst Place in #Belhaven sits the home of one of Mississippi’s greatest authors–Eudora Welty (1909—2001). If you visit Jackson, the Welty House and Garden Tour is a must-experience experience. The tour takes about an hour; admission is just $5.

Constructed in 1925, this two-story Tudor Revival is where Miss Welty wrote her most famous works–The Robber Bridegroom, The Optimist’s Daughter, and Delta Wedding in addition to short stories and essays. The house is largely intact as Miss Welty inhabited and left it before passing in 2001. Books and manuscripts are everywhere. There’s even her Smith-Corona typewriter at her desk in her bedroom that overlooks the tree-lined grounds of Belhaven College (now Belhaven University).

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Source: Eudora Welty House and Garden, Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Photos are not permitted, unfortunately, so you have to commit this house and its garden rooms (containing more than 30 varieties of camellia shrubs and trees) to memory as you move throughout. For those who cannot visit in person, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History offers an online photo tour, which you can experience here.

promise

Promise me you’ll visit #Mississippi if you never have or just driven through. Promise me this, won’t you?

The reasons are many, but here are three:

  • Do you like beaches? Our Gulf Coast shoreline is sleepy wonderful.
  • Books? Get yourself–right quick as some say here–to Square Books in Oxford. (And get a meal at City Grocery. You won’t be disappointed.)
  • Museums? Jackson, the state capitol, is calling your name. I recently checked out the “Picturing Mississippi” exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Art and was utterly awed by the quality of the exhibit (it is first rate) and the price (hello, FREE). I am hard pressed to identify a favorite piece of artwork in this exhibit, but this one nears the top. (It might be my top choice. I just need to commit to it.) It is of Miss Welty as she was known locally in Jackson. Exquisite.

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