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Windsor Ruins, Port Gibson

Windsor Ruins are in Claiborne County in the U.S. state of Mississippi, about 10mi southwest of Port Gibson near Alcorn State University. The ruins consist of 23 standing Corinthian columns of the largest antebellum Greek Revival mansion ever built in the state. The mansion stood from 1861 to 1890, when it was destroyed by fire. The 2.1acres site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and was designated a Mississippi Landmark in 1985.HistoryBackgroundWindsor mansion was located on a plantation that covered 2600acre. The mansion was constructed between 1859 and 1861 for Smith Coffee Daniell II, who was born in Mississippi and had acquired great wealth as a cotton planter by age 30. In 1849, Smith Daniell married his cousin Catherine Freeland (1830–1903). The couple had six children, with three surviving to adulthood.ConstructionWindsor mansion was built facing the Mississippi River and was located about 4mi east of the river. Although much of the basic construction of Windsor mansion was accomplished by Smith Daniell's slaves, architect David Shroder supervised a crew of skilled artisans—carpenters, plasterers, masons, and painters—from Mississippi, northeastern states, and Europe to do finishing work on the mansion.
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  • These ruins are a bit hard to find but the ride out to them was somewhat scenic so I definitely was glad I had made the effort to reach them. I also took the opportunity to drive through nearby Port G...  more »
  • We really wanted to visit the Ruins and drove the specified directions but could not find them. We were greatly disappointed that there was no signage directing us.  more »
  • Wow! This is pretty cool. You can't help but wonder more about this place. It is pretty much off the beaten path and in all honesty there really is not much to see. There is a chain linked fence aroun...  more »
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  • Very cool place to visit if you are in the area. I would recommend reading about it before you go so you can get the full experience of the site of the columns. The history leading up to what it is now is pretty interesting. When I visited, the road leading to the ruins was closed for construction. I had to take a 30 minute detour to come in the back way. When I got there, there was only two other women visiting. So, I would not say you will have to worry about a crowd. It is pretty much a drive up and look/take pictures thing. There is a fence around the columns because people keeps stealing the bricks. When I was there, someone had broken down a part of the fence to get into the ruins. On another note, one of the ladies showed me a print out of a mansion in Texas that was molded after the Windsor. Pretty cool. I would visit here again.
  • Nice place, not so much to do there, but you can get creative with your camera. The nature around it is stunning, you are literally in the middle of nowhere, but a very beautiful nowhere. Beware of high water and deer. Closes at the sunset, even though Google maps say at 7:30
  • Cool place to spend a few minutes. I think it is very pretty. Feels like you are in the middle of nowhere (you are).
  • Very neat looking . Really makes you wonder what this place was like. Neat little stop.
  • I found the Windsor ruins while riding the nearby Natchez Trace. I visited right at dusk and I could hear the insects feeling the night air with their noises. I was the only one there, and it was amazing.
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