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Eda Holmes, director of "The Little Foxes" for the Shaw Festival (Courtesy, Shaw Festival)Everyone should one day get to call a Southern institution, say they are from the North and ask for help. They will discover the incredible force of Southern hospitality. Eda Holmes, director of The Little Foxes for the Shaw Festival, in her article Back to the South within the Shaw Festival Members Magazine.

Eda Holmes, director of The Little Foxes for the Shaw Festival's 2008 season, traveled from the Festival's home at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada, to Demopolis, Alabama, with Foxes actor David Jansen to research the town that inspired Lillian Hellman's most revived play. After her trip, the native Floridian returned to Canada with a renewed sense of the incredible force of Southern hospitality.

The Southern Literary Trail is designed as a self-guided experience. But no traveler to the South is ever alone. Ask any Southerner about a hometown and the response will be abundant.

For your travel to the destinations along the Southern Literary Trail, consult the following sources and begin your journey to the places that inspired - and continue to inspire - America's greatest writers.

Alabama     Georgia     Mississippi
 


 

  

ALABAMA

General Information:

The Alabama Humanities Foundation
205.558.3980
ahf.net

Alabama Bureau of Tourism
800alabama.com

Alabama Center for the Book
Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities
Auburn University
334.844.4946
alabamabookcenter.org

This Goodly Land
Alabama's Literary Landscape
alabamaliterarymap.org

Alabama Writers' ForumAlabama Writers' Forum
410 N. Hull Street, Montgomery 36104
334.265.7728
writersforum.org

Encyclopedia of Alabama
Encyclopedia of AlabamaDraughon Library
231 Mell Street, Auburn University 36849
encyclopediaofalabama.org
eoa@auburn.edu

Demopolis:

The Marengo County Historical Society
334.289.0282
marengohistory@bellsouth.net 
hellmanwyler.com

Bluff Hall
407 North Commissioners Avenue
334.289.9644
Tours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.

Lyon Hall
South Main Street
334.289.9644 or 334.289.0282
Tours by appointment

Gaineswood
805 South Cedar Street
334.289.4846
Tours: Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
preserveala.org/gaineswood

Demopolis Public Library
211 East Washington Street
334.289.1595
demopolislibrary.info/history.html

Demopolis Chamber of Commerce
334.289.0270
demopolischamber.com

City of Demopolis
demopolisal.com

Hartselle:

William Bradford Huie Library
152 Sparkman St. N.W.
256.773.9880
Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon

Hartselle Chamber of Commerce
100 Railroad St. S.W.
256.773.4370
800.294.0692
hartsellechamber.com

Historic Depot Building and Welcome Center
256.773.4370
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mobile:

The Museum of Mobile
111 South Royal Street
251.208.7569
251.208.7723 for special tours
museumofmobile.com
Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Oakleigh Historic House
300 Oakleigh Place
251.432.1281
866.390.0553
Tours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mobile Arts Council
251.432.9796
mobilearts.org

City of Mobile
cityofmobile.org

Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau
mobile.org

Historic Mobile Preservation
historicmobile.org

Monroeville:

Monroe County Heritage Museums
The Old Courthouse Museum
31 North Alabama Avenue
251.575.7433
monroecountymuseum.org
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monroeville Chamber of Commerce
63 N. Mount Pleasant Avenue
251.743.2879
chamberevolution.com

City of Monroeville
monroevillealabama.com

Montgomery:

F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum
919 Felder Avenue
334.264.4222
Tours: Wednesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.;
Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Alabama Department of Archives and History
624 Washington Avenue
334.242.4363
archives.state.al.us
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Montgomery Convention and Visitors Bureau
300 Water Street
334.261.1100
800.240.9452
Visitors Center Info: 334.262.0013
visitingmontgomery.com

Tuskegee:

Tuskegee University
campus tours: 334.727.8347
tours@tuskegee.edu 
tuskegee.edu

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University
1 Booker T. Washington Blvd.
334.727.3000
800.949.6161
tuskegeekelloggcenter.com

Ralph Ellison Lecture Series
Tuskegee University
334.727.8100

haw Festival actor David Jansen speaks with Gwyn Turner of Demopolis about the city's Hellman Wyler Festival.   Ms. Turner is an Advisor Emeritus to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

  

Demopolis Public Square

  

Hartselle Train Depot Sign

  

Hartselle Train Depot

  

Photos of Eugene Walter in Paris

  

Monroe County Courthouse historical marker

  

"Advice from a Caterpillar" by Zelda Fitzgerald (Courtesy, F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum)

  

Roadside view of a Tuskegee home

  

Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery

 

 
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GEORGIA

General InformationGeorgia Tourism Logo:

Georgia Division of Tourism
75 Fifth Street N.W., Suite 1200
Atlanta, GA. 30308
404.962.4000
georgia.org

Georgia Humanities Council
50 Hurt Plaza S.E., Suite 595
Atlanta 30303
404.523.6220
georgiahumanities.org

The New Georgia Encyclopedia
georgiaencyclopedia.org

Georgia Center for the Book
DeKalb Public Library
215 Sycamore St., Decatur 30030
404.370.8450 (x2225)
georgiacenterforthebook.org

Atlanta:

Margaret Mitchell House and Museum
990 Peachtree Street
404.249.7015
gwtw.org
Tours: Monday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.

The Wren's Nest
1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. S.W.
404.753.7735
wrensnestonline.com
Tours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.;
storytelling each Saturday at 1 p.m.

Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Rd. N.W.
404.814.4000
atlantahistorycenter.com
Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Noon to 5:30 p.m.

Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau
233 Peachtree Street N.E., Suite 1400
404.521.6600
atlanta.net

Clayton:

The Lillian E. Smith Center for Creative Arts
P.O. Box 467, Clayton 30525
706.782.7846 (May to August)
850.385.5763 (August to May)
lillianesmith.org
nfichter@mailer.fsu.edu

Clayton Merchants and Business Association
81 North Church Street
706.212.0014
downtownclaytonga.com

Tallulah Gorge State Park
706.754.7970
gastateparks.org/info/tallulah

Rabun County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Rabun County Welcome Center
232 Highway 441
Clayton 30525
706.982.4754
gamountains.com
info@gamountains.com

Rabun County Historical Society
81 North Church Street
Clayton 30525
706.782.5292
Monday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Columbus:

Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians
(located at The Carson McCullers Childhood Home)
1519 Stark Avenue
706.327.1911
mccullerscenter.org
Tours by appointment: mccullerscenter@colstate.edu

Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau
900 Front Avenue
706.322.1613
800.999.1613
visitcolumbusga.com

Historic Columbus Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 5312, Columbus 31906
706.322.0756
historiccolumbus.com

Milledgeville:

Andalusia Farm
P.O. Box 947, Milledgeville 31059
478.454.4029
andalusiafarm.org
wiseblood@andalusiafarm.org 
Tours: Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment

Flannery O'Connor Room
GCSU Museum
221 North Clarke Street
478.445.4391
www2.gcsu.edu/library/museum
Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Milledgeville and Baldwin County Welcome Center
200 W. Hancock Street
478.452.4687
800.653.1804
milledgevillecvb.com
tourism@alltel.net

Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 4088, Eatonton, GA 31024
706.485.7701
eatonton.com

Moreland:

Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance, Inc.
P.O. Box 490
Moreland, Ga. 30259
770.897.1890
www.morelandadventure.com
info@morelandadventure.com

Newnan Chamber of Commerce
23 Bullsboro Drive
770.253.2270
newnancowetachamber.org

Savannah:

Flannery O'Connor's Childhood Home
207 E. Charlton St.
912.233.6014
flanneryoconnorhome.org
Tours: Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Savannah Convention and Visitors Bureau
101 East Bay Street
877.SAVANNAH
savcvb.com

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce
912.644.6400
savannahchamber.com

Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta
 

Margaret Mitchell historical marker, Atlanta
 

Lillian Smith House Museum in Clayton
 

House on Broadway, Columbus
 

Antebellum house in Milledgeville
 

General Store turned Art Gallery, Moreland
 

Floral trees, Forsyth Park in Savannah
 

Flannery O'Connor Home (center) in Savannah
 

Big River at Theatrical Outfit, Atlanta

 

 
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MISSISSIPPI

General Information:

Mississippi Humanities Council
601.432.6752
mshumanities.org

Mississippi Division of Tourism
866.See.Miss
visitmississippi.org

Mississippi Center for the Book
3881 Eastwood Dr., Jackson 39211
601.432.4450
info@book.lib.ms.us

Clarksdale:

Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival
Coahoma Community College
662.621.4157
coahomacc.edu/twilliams/

Mississippi Delta Tourism
877.DELTAMS
visitthedelta.com

Coahoma County Tourism Commission
662.627.7337
800.626.3764
clarksdaletourism.com

Delta Blues Museum
1 Blues Alley
662.627.6820
deltabluesmuseum.org
Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Summer openings at 9 a.m.)

Ground Zero Blues Club
0 Blues Alley
662.621.9009
groundzerobluesclub.com

The Cutrer Mansion
c/o Coahoma County Higher Education Center
109 Clark Street 38614
662.627.3016
cchec.net

The Hambone GalleryThe Hambone Gallery
(Original art inspired by the Delta)
111 East Second Street 38614
662.253.5586
stanstreet.com

Columbus:

Tennessee Williams Welcome Center
300 Main Street
662.328.0222
columbus-ms.org
Monday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.

Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes
662.574.4275
800.327.2686
muw.edu/tennesseewilliams
Dates for 2008: September 4 to 7, 2008

Mississippi University for Women
1100 College Street
662.329.4750
877.462.8439
muw.edu

Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau
300 Main Street
662.329.1191
800.327.2686
columbus-ms.org

Columbus Historic Foundation
historic-columbus.org

Mississippi Hills Heritage Area
mississippihills.org

Greenville:

William Alexander Percy Library
Greenville Writers' Exhibit
341 Main Street
662.335.2331
washington.lib.ms.us
Open daily, except Sunday (hours vary)

Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau
215 South Walnut Street
662.334.2711
800.467.3582
visitgreenville.org

McCormick Book Inn
825 South Main Street 38701
662.332.5038
mccormickbookinn.com

Delta Center Stage
(Greenville theatre with emphasis on Southern plays)
P.O. Box 14, 38702
662.378.9894
deltastage.com

Jackson:

Eudora Welty House Museum
1119 Pinehurst Street
601.353.7762 to reserve tours
weltytours@mdah.state.ms.us 
mdah.state.ms.us/welty
Tours: Wednesday to Friday by appointment

Margaret Walker Alexander Research Center
Jackson State University
601.979.2055
jsums.edu/maw.htm
Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Or by appointment, 601.979.2460

Jackson Branch Libraries named for Trail Writers:
Eudora Welty Library (Main Branch, 300 North State Street)
601.968.5811
Richard Wright Library (515 West McDonald Rd.)
601.372.1621
Margaret Walker Alexander Library (2525 Robinson Rd.)
601.354.8911x

The Mississippi Writers' Room
at the Eudora Welty Library
300 North Main Street
601.968.5811
601.968.5809

Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau
800.354.7695
visitjackson.com

Natchez:

Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration (annual)
866.296.6522

Natchez Visitors Center
640 South Canal Street
601.446.6631
800.647.6724
visitnatchez.org
natchezpilgrimage.com

Oxford:

Rowan Oak,
Home of William Faulkner
662.234.3284
olemiss.edu/depts/u_museum/rowan_oak/interactive.html
Tours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Center for Study of Southern Culture
University of Mississippi, Barnard Observatory
662.915.5993

Oxford Convention and Visitors Bureau
102 Ed Perry Blvd.
662.232.2367
800.758.9177
oxfordcvb.com

Tennessee Williams Park, Clarksdale

  

Home near Tennessee Williams Park, Clarksdale

  

Ground Zero Blues Club posters, Clarksdale

    

Antebellum home in Columbus

  

Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes

  

Front porch, birthplace of Tennessee Williams, Columbus

  

Shelby Foote

  

On the grounds, Welty House and Gardens, Jackson

   

Arts Celebration Banners outside the Mississippi Governor's Mansion, Jackson

  

Mississippi River, Natchez

  

Rowan Oak, home of William Faulkner

 

 
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