Tennessee Williams Welcome Center
The Tennessee Williams Welcome Center is the first home of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Tennessee Williams. Tennessee Williams made history with well-known plays such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie.
Tennessee Williams, the man said to be the most important American playwright, was born in Columbus, Mississippi in 1911. He spent his beginning years in an old Victorian home that was the rectory for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where his grandfather, Reverend Walker Dakin, served.
In 1993, that home was in danger of being torn down to make room for a church expansion. In an effort to preserve this historic literary landmark, the home was loaded onto flatbed trailers and taken to Main Street. Once there, the home was restored and just three months after opening, Tennessee Williams was honored with a U.S. postage stamp and a public ceremony was held there. The home was also recently honored with the designation of a National Literary Landmark and it now serves as the official Welcome Center for Columbus.