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Windsor Ruins, Port Gibson

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4.7/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web
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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  • There is no admission fee. It's a little out of the way. It is worth the time to see. Its amazing that it still standing after all these years. 
  • A fun stop off the Natchez Trace, but quite a ways out of the way. Worth checking if you have the time. Best part, its totally free! 
  • This is breathtaking. Wow! Go slow at the turn off because it's a dirt road driveway. It's good enough of a road to get there without a problem but be cautious and go slow. Such a cool thing to see. M...  read more »
  • This is such a lovely place. It's just the ruins of a old mansion and all that's there is really the columns but it's still something to see. If you're traveling that direction it's worth the stop.
  • 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!
  • Haunting to look at and visit! Was a interesting home to visit after the homes in Natchez.
  • One of my favorite photo spots! Make sure you go in different seasons and weather to fully experience the ruins
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