Eudora Welty House - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

04/27/06

Eudora Welty House

By Bert Case
bert@wlbt.net

World reknowned author Eudora Welty's Jackson home will be open to the public Saturday and Sunday, April 29th and 30th.  She willed the house, across the street from Belhaven College on Pinehurst Street, to the state. 

After a $500,000 renovation it now looks exactly as it did in the mid 1980's when Miss Welty was still writing there on a daily basis.  She never had air conditioning, but it has now been installed to protect the artifcats in the house. 

Her niece Mary Alice Welty White, gave WLBT News a tour of the house Thursday.  She took us to the second floor writing room, which also served as Miss Welty's bedroom until her health got so bad she couldn't climb the stairs. Visitors to the home can see the dining room table where Miss Welty would spread out her work and cut and paste, and pin together sentences and paragraphs until she made sure she was communicating with her writing.  Her niece said Miss Welty never used a computer but preferred a manual typewriter. 

In addition to the restored home, a garden on the property has also been restored to it's 1940's state, the last years Miss Welty and her mother tended the garden.  The house will be open to the public from 10a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29th, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday April 30th.  Admission is free, those two days only. 

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