COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- Carroll Boggess opens her home once a week to visitors, but the Columbus Pilgrimage has to be her favorite time of the year.
She and her husband follow in his parents footsteps as owners of Whitehall.
"The first time I came to Columbus, it really took my breath away. I was so impressed and the Boggess family welcomed me into their home. I've always felt like this was home.
We really feel like we're caretakers for this home because so many generations have been here before us and they've all left their mark and now, we've left our mark," Boggess said.
"Each room has a number of stories. There's been such continuity in the ownership. I think that they know the stories about the house perhaps more than somebody would if they hadn't had generations living here," volunteer Lane Pierrot said.
"We've now had visitors from 21 states and 5 countries and this has been in 48 hours. So, it's very thrilling," Pilgrimage Director Nancy Carpenter said.
Carpenter says it's the personal touch of each homeowner that continues to attract visitors.
"All of our homes are lived in. They're not museums. They're places where people wake up in the morning and fix their coffee and breakfast and send children off to school and then they welcome visitors in that have never visited Columbus or Mississippi," Carpenter added.
"Oh! It's amazing to watch people walk in and their eyes just light up. They're just amazed at how beautiful the homes all are-especially this one," volunteer Maureen Lipscomb said.
"Just the amazingness of the outside of the homes is my real true impression of what the south is all about," Washington tourist Jessy Smith said.
"You know you hear the stories of burning and everything. They're still here as beautiful as it should be," stated Washington tourist Barney Williams.