Eudora Welty House and Garden
For 76 years, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty lived and wrote in her Jackson home at 1119 Pinehurst Steet. Her parents finished construction of the house in 1925, when Eudora was 16 years old and had recently graduated from high school.
The Eudora Welty House and Garden interprets the life of the internationally acclaimed author. Tours of the house are by reservation at 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The Education and Visitors Center is located next door and features permanent and special exhibits. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 601-353-7762 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to reserve a tour time.
Eudora Welty was a writer of international acclaim whose novels and short stories earned numerous literary awards, including the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Optimist’s Daughter. Her home at 1119 Pinehurst Street in Jackson, Mississippi, was built by her parents in 1925. It was the place she called home for the last 76 years of her life, and where she crafted many, and polished all, of her works of fiction, book reviews and essays.
Her gift of the home and her family’s gift of many of its contents to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History make the site one of the most intact literary homes in the country. The Eudora Welty House became a National Historic Landmark in 2004 and opened to the public in 2006. The Welty House welcomes thousands of visitors a year from all parts of Mississippi, every state in the nation, and from an average of 23 foreign countries.
Visitors can tour Welty home, complete with her books, artwork and furnishings, and stroll through the surrounding garden rooms, planned and planted by Eudora and her mother, Chestina, and now restored to its 1925-1945 glory. Enjoy the site’s permanent and temporary exhibits and an orientation film in the Education and Visitors Center, and experience the life of one of the most acclaimed authors of the 20th century.
Welty wanted her home and garden to honor her parents and to be an encouragement and inspiration to artists of all disciplines. Her thousands of books are a testament to her description of reading as a “sweet devouring” and to her life-long commitment to literature and the arts.
Directions: The Eudora Welty House and Garden is located at 1119 Pinehurst Street, Jackson, MS 39202. Take the Fortification Street exit (96C) off I-55. Travel west on Fortification, turning right at the first stop light onto Greymont Street. Travel north, turning left on Pinehurst Street at the second four-way stop. The Eudora Welty House and Garden is in the second block on the left.