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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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  • If you are away from Vicksburg to Natchez you should definitely make this detour to this stately ruins to admire. We were really impressed by the enormous columns, the only remainder of this largest and apparently most beautiful Plantation home of the South. The House was destroyed by fire, somewhere at the end of the 19th century.
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  • I kind of expected more, but was still intrigued by the story behind it. It's too bad for photographers that the site is fenced off, but totally understandable for safety reasons. If you're in the are...  more »
  • Windsor Ruins is a tragically beautiful piece of history. It is worth the trip. You can feel how grand this house was just by the ruins. Go, you wont regret it.  more »
  • Awe inspiring and larger than life. You really can't imagine the scale until you see it in person. I got some wonderful photographs.
  • Great historical site ! You can really get a sense of what it once was from the story and the remaining structure.
  • Beautiful ruins. Massive live oaks on property, Native American mounds on property. Must see and the drive down Natchez Chase is peaceful.
  • Beautiful and full of history. Would have loved to see this him in all its glory.
  • Really neat place with a lot of history

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