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Windsor Ruins, Port Gibson
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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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  • This is a fantastic site and well worth a detour when driving on the Natchez Trace Parkway. The view of the columns is magnificent due to the setting and the unusual nature of their very existence. Th...  more »
  • Just a short ride from the trace, and well worth the diversion. This area is unusual in its topography and this mansion would have been opulent in its day. gravel parking lot and nobody much around. 
  • You see these magnificent columns and wonder what it looked like in the day. There is a sketch that gives you an idea. Worth the out of the way trip off Natchez Trace. 
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  • Just beautiful. To imagine what it looked like in its glory is just amazing.
  • The photos don't do this place any justice. If you're travelling along 61, be sure to swing by and give it a peek.
  • Haunting to look at and visit! Was a interesting home to visit after the homes in Natchez.
  • Three of us were riding the Natchez Trace from Natchez MS to Tupelo and took a detour to see this site. This was hauntingly beautiful and a bit eerie knowing we were staring at the shell of what was left of a Southern Elitist Mansion. Definitely worth the detour we took, if I am ever near Port Gibson in the future, I will stop again.
  • Great get away to explore the history around us. You can just feel the majesty and walk back in time. Very peaceful setting!