Windsor Ruins - Port Gibson / Alcorn, Mississippi
Windsor Ruins - Port Gibson / Alcorn, Mississippi

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Built in 1859-61 by Smith Daniell who only lived in the large mansion for a few weeks before he died. The Windsor plantation once sprawled over 2,600 acres. Legend says that from a roof observatory, Mark Twain watched the Mississippi River in the distance.

A Union soldier was shot in the front doorway of the home. During the Civil War the mansion was used as a Union hospital and observation post, thus sparing it from being burned by Union troops.

However, after the Civil War, during a house party on February 17, 1890 a guest left a lighted cigar on the upper balcony and Windsor burned to the ground. Everything was destroyed except 23 of the columns, balustrades and iron stairs.

Windsor Ruins is open to the public during daylight hours every day. There is no fee.

Wonder why the columns have stood for 130 years? Click here to find out!

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  • Approximate time to explore site: 15 - 30 minutes
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  • Latitude: 31.9409333
    Longitude: -91.125566
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