Choose Your Pilgrimage

Spring Pilgrimage season kicked off last weekend in Natchez, with its month-long open house, and at least four other Mississippi communities are celebrating pilgrimage in the next month. For a convenient calendar view, check out the MissPres calendar, always available at the top of the block. 

Who out there has attended all of these?

Natchez Spring Pilgrimage
March 16- April 16, 2019

Longwood Natchez, Adams County, Photo by Jennifer Baughn, MDAH, 2007.

Natchez, established in 1716, high on a magnificent bluff overlooking the Mighty Mississippi, has more than 600 examples of Antebellum Architecture. During our Pilgrimage seasons 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.

This year, enjoy themed tours, including

    March 16, 20, 24, 28 & April 1, 5, 9, 13 | Mornings 9:00am – 12:30pm
    March 17, 21, 25, 29 & April 2, 6, 10, 14 | Mornings 9:00am – 12:30pm
    March 18, 22, 26, 30 & April 3, 7, 11, 15 | Mornings 9:00am – 12:30pm
    March 18, 22, 26, 30 & April 3, 7, 11, 15 | Afternoons 1:30pm – 5:00pm

    March 19, 23, 27, 31 & April 4, 8, 12, 16 | Mornings 9:00am – 12:30pm

    March 19, 23, 27, 31 & April 4, 8, 12, 16 | Afternoons 1:30pm – 5:00pm

    March 17, 21, 25, 29 & April 2, 6, 10, 14 | Afternoons 1:30pm – 5:00pm

    March 16, 20, 24, 28 & April 1, 5, 9, 13 | Afternoons 1:30pm – 5:00pm

    Open Daily 9am – 5pm

Vicksburg Pilgrimages
March 21-April 7, 2019

Come learn the colorful history of Vicksburg’s tenacious people and the roles its historic buildings played during and after the siege of 1863. Find out why some survived while others did not. Discover who built the magnificent, stately homes immediately after the war and who occupies them today. Spend a day immersed in history that is sure to garner a deeper appreciation of southern culture and the south’s incredible people.

Columbus Pilgrimage
March 28-April 6, 2019

Widely recognized as one of the best and most authentic home tours in the South, the Columbus Spring Pilgrimage celebrates its 79th year with tours of historic homes, gardens, cemeteries, and churches, along with crawfish boil. fish fry, and live blues.

  • Home and Garden Tours  |  Historic homes and gardens on 10-day tour along with carriage and double decker bus rides
  • Kickoff Party  |  Crawfish and shrimp boil with live music
    Thursday, March 28  |  5PM-8PM
  • Pilgrimage 5k Run  |  6th annual Pilgrimage Run
    Saturday, March 30  |  7:15AM Start
  • Catfish in the Alley®  |  Enjoy fresh catfish and live blues in Columbus’ historic Catfish Alley
    Saturday, March 30  |  10AM-3PM
  • Tales from the Crypt  |  Graveyard tour that re-creates the lives of noted personalities interred in the historic cemetery
    Friday, March 29; Monday, April 1; Wednesday, April 3; Friday, April 5  |  7PM-10PM 
  • Garden Party  |  Stroll through historic gardens with mint juleps and cheese straws
    Saturday, April 6  |  3PM-6PM

Aberdeen Pilgrimage
April 5-7, 2019

Choose from numerous architectural styles in our National Historic Districts – Victorians with towers and turrets, turn-of-the-century Queen Annes with gingerbread trim, and Greek Revival antebellum homes and cottages. The homes on the tour are listed:

  • PREWETT PLACE – 1840
  • LAURI MUNDI – 1847
  • THE MAGNOLIAS – c. 1850
  • GREGG – HAMILTON -1850
  • SUNSET MANOR – 1852
  • DUNLEE – 1853
  • MON CHALET – 1854
  • BELLA VIDA – 1879
  • WATKIN’S HILL – 1897
  • McKINNEY HOUSE – c. 1902

81st Annual Tour of Historic Homes
​April 5 -7, 2019
Sponsored by the Holly Springs Garden Club

Montrose, Holly Springs (1858, Spires Boling, conjectured)

  • MONTROSE: 335 Salem Avenue
  • FINLEY PLACE: 285 East Falconer Avenue
  • LIVE OAKS: 217 Craft Street
  • COLONSAY COTTAGE: 315 East College Avenue
  • SHADOW LAWN: 290 Salem Avenue
  • ANDERSON CHAPEL C.M.E. Church: 750 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
  • CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH: 100 North Randolph Street
  • IDA B. WELLS-BARNETT ​MUSEUM: 220 North Randolph Street

The Holly Springs Garden Club is an organization dedicated to the preservation and  restoration of Montrose, antebellum home and arboretum.  All proceeds from the 81st Annual Holly Springs Tour of Historic Homes go to the preservation and restoration of Montrose and its grounds.

Behind the Big House, Holly Springs
April 4-6, 2019

Preserve Marshall County & Holly Springs, Inc.’s preservation initiative: the “Behind the Big House” Program, now in its eighth year, continues its educational outreach efforts towards interpreting the legacy of slavery. With much thanks for the continued grant-assistance funding from the Mississippi Humanities Council, we have made plans for an in-depth look at two program sites this year: the slave quarters, kitchen and adjacent domestic areas for both the Hugh Craft House, located at 184 S. Memphis Street and Burton Place, located at 248 S. Memphis in Holly Springs, Mississippi. This year we will have additional funding from the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area Alliance, and we welcome their interest and support!

More about Spring Pilgrimages past. . .

Categories: Aberdeen, African American History, Architectural Research, Columbus, Cool Old Places, Historic Preservation, Holly Springs, Natchez, Preservation People/Events, Vicksburg


1 reply

  1. a very informative post; thank you. i have been lucky enough to attend most of these but none recently. one hopes that this kind of thing increases the public’s knowledge of and appreciation for history, architecture, decorative arts, and gardens.


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