“Visitors often comment that the home seems as if Eudora had just stepped out and will return at any time,” Mary Alice White, director of the Eudora Welty House and the writer’s niece, shared with us while we were researching and writing Novel Destinations. Welty bequeathed her Tudor-style home in Jackson, Mississippi, to the State, and the abode remains much as she left it.
To commemorate the 100th anniverary of the Southern scribe’s birth, free tours of the Eudora Welty House will be given on April 13th. Keep an eye out for items mentioned in Welty’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Optimist’s Daughter: the cubbyhole desk (at right) and books by Charles Dickens with “old crimson bindings scorched and frayed.” Welty’s mother once braved a burning building to rescue the 24-volume set of the British writer’s works on display in the house. Guests can also tour the restored Welty House gardens, which include a section devoted to camellias, her favorite flower. A photography exhibit, a play, and other events are also happening in conjunction with the Eudora Welty Centennial.
Can’t make a visit to Mississippi? Click here to take a virtual tour of the Welty House and Gardens. –Shannon McKenna Schmidt
(Photos ©Eudora Welty House/Mississippi Department of Archives and History)