Columbus has the 2nd largest number of antebellum homes in Mississippi, several of which are on tour in the annual Pilgrimage the fist 2 weeks of April which draws thousands of visitors. Here are a few of them and some of the little hostesses in hoopskirts! Friendship Cemetery is where the inspiration for Memorial Day started when a group of ladies decorated graves of both Confederate and Union soldiers April 25, 1866, inspiring Francis Miles Finch's poem "The Blue and the Gray". There are over 1200 soldiers buried there, most from the Battle of Shiloh. Columbus was a hospital town. The Weeping Angel is one of the most-photographed tombstones in Mississippi.

White Arches

White Arches

Franklin Square

Franklin Square

Franklin Square

Franklin Square

Azaleas

Azaleas

My favorite type of azalea

My favorite type of azalea

Colonnade ca 1840

Colonnade ca 1840

Hoopskirts weren't made for swinging!

Hoopskirts weren't made for swinging!

Rosedale circaa 1856

Rosedale  circaa 1856

Rosedale

Rosedale

Confederate graves at Friendship Cemetery HDR

Confederate graves at Friendship Cemetery HDR

Confederate soldiers' graves

Confederate soldiers' graves

Weeping angel

Weeping angel

Double-decker bus tour is popular with tourists

Double-decker bus tour is popular with tourists