Statement of Significance (as of designation - August 18, 2004):
Eudora Welty was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. She wrote all of her prize winning works in this house. She received the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Medal of Freedom. She was the first living author to have her works published in the prestigious Library of America series, thus joining Faulkner, Hawthorne, Melville and Twain.
The 79-year-old Tudor-style home was constructed by Weltys father in 1925 and donated to the State of Mississippi when she died in 2001, at the age of 92. The garden Eudora Welty and her mother cultivated over the years has been restored and is open to the public.