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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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  • You can imagine how grand this house must have been. The area has received a lot of rain, so paths were muddy. Not ideal conditions, but it was a beautiful to photograph.  more »
  • I wasn't sure what to expect when we went here. But, I was surprised at how beautiful it was. It isn't hard to find, but there is little to no signal in this area. If using a GPS, make sure to have it...  more »
  • These ruins are very interesting. A small sign explains more about these ruins. Very mysterious and intriguing, also due to its desolate location. I'd give it five stars if it wasn't for the 1000 mosq...  more »
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  • Awe inspiring and larger than life. You really can't imagine the scale until you see it in person. I got some wonderful photographs.
  • Beautiful ruins. Massive live oaks on property, Native American mounds on property. Must see and the drive down Natchez Chase is peaceful.
  • Great historical site ! You can really get a sense of what it once was from the story and the remaining structure.
  • Beautiful and full of history. Would have loved to see this him in all its glory.
  • It's beautiful and historical! :)