Welcome to Miss Eudora's

See where some of the most beloved stories about Southern life had their beginnings.

Snoop around the house of an acclaimed author. Eudora Welty's Jackson, Mississippi, home--now a museum that shows everything from her personal writing desk to her flower garden--gives a glimpse into the life of the state's noted woman of letters. It's just minutes from I-55.

A Private Peek
"We want guests to see the home as if she still lived here--as if she just stepped out for groceries," says Mary Alice White, Eudora Welty House director and Eudora's niece. Tours take visitors throughout the home and even into the backyard. Fans can view private quarters such as the author's bedroom, which contains her typewriter.

The garden she once helped her mother plant now delights its admirers with pretty petals. "Everything is true to time period," adds Mary Alice. More than 30 kinds of camellias blossom in season in the side yard. The perennial area bursts with daylilies, irises, and daisies. Dreamy roses flourish in the lower garden.

Though the home first belonged to her parents, Eudora returned in 1931 and remained until her death in 2001. But it's her life and not her passing that most people inquire about. "Her presence," says Mary Alice, "is still very much here."

Eudora Welty House: 1119 Pinehurst Street, Jackson, MS 39202; www.mdah.state.ms.us/welty or (601) 353-7762. Tours: 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. Call for reservations. Admission: $5 adults, $3 students, free ages under 6.

How To Get There
Take I-55 to Fortification Street (Exit 96-C). Proceed west on Fortification. Turn right at the first traffic light onto Greymont Street. Travel north, and turn left onto Pinehurst Street at the second four-way stop. The house is in the second block on the left of Pinehurst Street.

"Welcome to Miss Eudora's" is from the May 2007 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.