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Day 7&8 Oct 24 Rankin Lock to Columbus, MS

Waverly Mansion near Columbus, MSWe left Rankin early and cruised to Columbus. In hindsight I wish we had stopped at Aberdeen. There is a marina there and many historic homes. However, after a quiet evening we decided to stay in Columbus for a whole day. AWe rented a car and toured the downtown which is in relatively good shape. Lots of lawyers' offices and clothing stores. We had milkshakes at Zachery's which was right out the 50's. The guy put about 6 scoops of ice cream in each; and those were the small ones. The welcome center is in the home where Tennessee Williams was born. We were told there were two antebellum homes open on Friday's for tours. We chose Waverly Plantation which is on theTombigbee River about 5 miles outside of town. Completed in 1852 it's came complete with an octagonal cupola and ghost story. The largest magnolia in Missisippi is on the front lawn. The house sat for 50 years unused and was restored by the Snow family starting in the 1960's. Mr Snow still lives in the house. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and talked steadily for over 2 hours. Dinner was shis-ke-bobs aboard. We leave tomorrow for an anchorage at Sumpter. We may have to wait there a day or two because the weather

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