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.Put Windsor Ruins at the forefront of your travel plans using our Port Gibson travel itinerary planner.
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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 »
There wasn't really a gift shop or any place to go to the bathroom. But the actual ruins them selves were quite incredible.
A lot of history here. Be sure to read all the Plack's. All because of a smoker. Pleasant ride from Vicksburg.
Beautiful sight! Worth the drive
It's a neat place to go see if in the area
Awe inspiring and larger than life. You really can't imagine the scale until you see it in person. I got some wonderful photographs.
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