‪Windsor Ruins‬

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Stephen S
‪Petal‬, ‪Mississippi‬391 مساهمة
‪Great side trip‬
يوليو 2021
‪Great little side trip on visit to Natchez. A little out of the way from the Natchez Trace but worth the side trip to view this historic site.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 7 سبتمبر 2021
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cozyhere
‪Kenner‬, لويزيانا38 مساهمة
‪Take the road less traveled for step back in time!‬
مايو 2021
‪So glad we made this a stop on our road trip through Mississippi! After winding down a country road for 10 miles, a sign directs you to the ruins. It is a beautiful, eerie sight to see these columns just standing in a clearing off the road. The site had to been fenced off as the masonry is disintegrating and a preservation project has begun to stabilize the columns. There is an information sign with a sketch of what they believe this home looks like.
As a side note, please don’t park right next to the fence and ruin the view for everyone.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 2 مايو 2021
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Taylor B
شيكاغو, إلينوي7,381 مساهمة
‪The grandest antebellum mansion of the Old South‬
مارس 2021
‪If you only visit one historical site in Mississippi, be sure it is Windsor Ruins. You won't regret your decision and you"ll never forget the experience. It is located about 10 miles southwest of Port Gibson on Route 552. My wife and I have visited Windsor Ruins on three occasions, before the trees were planted, after the trees were planted and after they were removed. It is awe-spiring to see Windsor as it was during the Civil War, when General Ulysses S. Grant's troops camped on the grounds of the 2,600-acre plantation. Constructed between 1859 and 1861 for wealthy cotton planter Smith Coffee Daniell II, Windsor was the largest antebellum Greek Revival mansion ever built in Mississippi. It stood from 1861 to 1890, when it was destroyed by fire. Mark Twain once observed the nearby Mississippi River from the roof observatory. A three-story block, with living quarters on the second and third floors, the 17,000-square-foot mansion contained three hallways and 23 to 25 rooms, each with its own fireplace. It also featured two interior bathrooms supplied with rainwater from a tank in the attic. The ground floor or basement contained a school room, doctor's office, kitchen, dairy, commissary and storage rooms. The second floor had a hallway flanked by the master bedroom, a bathroom, two parlors, a study, library and dining room. The third floor contained an addition bathroom and eight bedrooms. Today, all that remains are 23 of the original 29 standing Corinthian columns. Each column was more than 3.5 feet in diameter at their base and stood 40 feet tall. Curiously, for more than 100 years, the outward appearance of Windsor was a matter of conjecture. But in the early 1990s, an 1863 sketch of Windsor was discovered in the papers of a former Union officer, apparently made while his unit was encamped on the grounds. Three other interesting notes: (1) Through the years, three of the four cast iron stairways that survived the 1890 fire disappeared from the site. But the fourth stairway was moved to nearby Alcorn State University in Lorman and serves as the entrance to Oakland Memorial Chapel. (2) North of Windsor, off Route 552, is a cemetery where members of the Daniell family and its ancestors have been buried since the early 19th century, the earliest grave dating to 1819. The cemetery is located atop an ancient Indian mound. (3) When we first visited the site, we were fascinated to see original slave cabins adjacent to the main house. On our second visit, the slave cabins had been removed. Windsor was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and designated a Mississippi landmark in 1985. Today, visitors can look at the sketch of Windsor and stand near the columns that haunt the property and only imagine what this magnificent mansion must have looked like, what Ulysses S. Grant observed in 1863.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 14 أبريل 2021
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Jason M
‪Tulsa‬, ‪Oklahoma‬387 مساهمة
‪Quiet, haunting and remote‬
مارس 2021
‪There's something about being physically close to history and the Windsor Ruins deliver. Quiet, haunting and remote, the ruins evoke an era gone by. If you can visit early or late, you'll have the site to yourself. The huge live oaks surrounding the site add to the aura. Learn about the history of the place and then soak it up.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 20 مارس 2021
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Smokyslovingcajun
‪Baton Rouge‬, لويزيانا45 مساهمة
‪Worth the drive‬
زوجان • فبراير 2020
‪It's off the beaten path for sure, but well worth the drive just to see and imagine what it must have been like on it's hayday. Take time to read the story while there.
كُتب بتاريخ 23 يناير 2021
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Andy H
‪Columbus‬, ‪Mississippi‬37 مساهمة
‪Worth the trip‬
الأصدقاء • ديسمبر 2020
‪We rode up from Natchez to check out the ruins. The fact they still stand and the back story is fascinating. ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 6 ديسمبر 2020
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Victor W
63 مساهمة
‪Very Impressive Plantation Ruins Not Far off of The Natchez Trace Parkway‬
أكتوبر 2020
‪The Windsor Ruins are a short drive off of the Natchez Trace close to the city of Port Gibson which is about 10 miles away. It is also near Alcon State University. The Windsor Ruins consist of 23 standing Corinthian columns of the largest antebellum Greek Revival mansion ever built in Mississippi. The plantation was not destroyed due to the Civil War but a fire that left only the columns standing. Pretty impressive to see what remains of the grand building of the old south. Suggest making this a stop if you are exploring the Natchez Trace Parkway.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 2 نوفمبر 2020
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expatfamily1
‪Bentonville‬, أركنساس109 مساهمات
‪One of our favorites ‬
العائلة • سبتمبر 2020
‪A quick drive on the Natchez trace brings you to Windsor ruins. It’s always open and has a great history. You use to walk around it but now it’s fenced ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 10 أكتوبر 2020
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California_momofsix
Fairfield1,073 مساهمة
‪Scenic remains of a plantation house‬
يوليو 2020
‪Fun little detour off the Natchez Trace parkway. It's interesting how the remains of a burned building can look so scenic and romantic, but they do. To me it invoked plantations destroyed during the civil war, even though Windsor plantation burned 30 years later. The forest is slowly reclaiming the area. There is a panel showing what it looked like when intact and explaining a little of the history.
It's about 20 miles off the Natchez Trace outside of Port Gibson. Not hard to find, but our cell reception was spotty. I would recommend looking at a map ahead of time so you know where you are going. If you are traveling southbound on the Trace turn off shortly after you passed the "sunken trace" onto 18 towards Port Gibson. In Port Gibson, take a left down the main street (61) and then a right on Rodney Road. The ruins are on your left after about 18 miles. Just keep following the road, there is a big clearing and they are easy to spot. If you are traveling northbound, take 552 towards Alcorn. At the college entrance, turn on Rodney road and the ruins will be on your right just a few miles later.
You enter by dirt road, but it's short and manageable with a regular car. Note ahead of time that the ruins are cordoned off with a wire fence. For safety reasons you aren't supposed to walk in between the columns. The fence gets in the way of photographs. I saw people duck under the fence, actually one of the panels is bent back. Use your judgement I guess.
During covid times, it was not crowded when we visited (but very hot.)‬
كُتب بتاريخ 23 سبتمبر 2020
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Audrianna G
3 مساهمات
‪Amazingly interesting‬
العائلة • سبتمبر 2020
‪Very interesting! Only problem is it’s so outta the way! But we had fun I can’t believe how big it was!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 6 سبتمبر 2020
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