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Longwood, Natchez

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The largest octagonal mansion in the United States, Longwood, was never fully completed. Admire the exterior, which was designed by Samuel Sloan as an Oriental villa with a Byzantine-style dome. The first floor's opulent rooms were restored to reflect their antebellum beginnings. You also can explore the unfinished second floor and basement. The first floor often hosts events, such as weddings and conventions, so check in advance to make sure the mansion is open to the public during your visit. If you book a tour package that includes Stanton Hall, you'll have the chance to see two Mississippi landmarks followed by some fine dining at Stanton Hall's Carriage House restaurant. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Longwood by using our Natchez tour itinerary planning website.
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  • What an amazing mansion in the middle of the woods down a dirt road. Definitely worth a tour due to the architectural significance of the home. The tour guide was excellent and it lasted about a... 
    What an amazing mansion in the middle of the woods down a dirt road. Definitely worth a tour due to the architectural significance of the home. The tour guide was excellent and it lasted about a...  more »
  • The tour guide was very informative. The living quarters are beautiful. The unfinished portion shows how the work was being done in the 1860s. 
    The tour guide was very informative. The living quarters are beautiful. The unfinished portion shows how the work was being done in the 1860s.  more »
  • This is an unfinished octagonal mansion. Great tour that shows the detailing of the finished and unfinished parts of the mansion as well as gives you a glimpse into the effects of the Civil War. 
    This is an unfinished octagonal mansion. Great tour that shows the detailing of the finished and unfinished parts of the mansion as well as gives you a glimpse into the effects of the Civil War.  more »
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  • At first I was skeptical, I was afraid that the money was wasted. After touring the house and telling the whole story by a local guide, I realized it was worth a visit. The story itself and the house itself shows you a picture of how it all once looked in history. The park around house is beautiful and good for walking.
  • Interesting place. Tour is a bit pricey but glad to help preserve this piece of architectural history. Great views from the property. Tours are scheduled every half hour so waiting wasn't bad. Cute little gift shop. Restrooms are available on the property.
  • Unfinished octagonal house from 1860. The entry costs $25 per adult and the parking is free. You'll have a private tour with a very knowledgeable guide. The house in itself is very unique and you'll get a slice of history from the visit. You can only take pictures outside and on the 1st floor (not the basement). We found the price a bit pricy for the 30min tour
  • The house itself is a very impressive structure and the history of the building and those who lived there is certainly interesting. However, the tour was very expensive and pretty rushed. And more importantly it was very one sided and pretty whitewashed. The historically proven dark side of the families slavery history was almost completely ignored and the tour guide kept insisting on how well the family treated the enslaved people they owned. This is abhorrent considering the bad reputation of the families head in dealing with his slaves. Also I felt like the guide was embellishing a lot on other aspects of the history of the house and the tour was not particularly historically accurate and did not give a very nuanced depiction of the realities of the civil war.
  • Longwood Plantation or mansion is impressive. It’s an imposing octagonal mansion built by enslaved people around the time of the Civil War 1860s). The Byzantine-style dome was stunning from the outside and even more incredible from the inside. The Nutt Family never completed construction which enables visitors to get a unique look at the bones of the architecture if you’re into that sort of thing. A sobering attraction are the fingerprints of the enslaved people visibly memorialized in the baked bricks used to build the Longwood. It was filmed for external shots in the HBO fictional vampire series “True Blood”. It is now a museum.

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