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Longwood, Natchez

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Must see · Historic Site · Landmark
The largest octagonal mansion in the United States, Longwood, was never fully completed. Admire the exterior, which was designed by Samuel Sloan as an Oriental villa with a Byzantine-style dome. The first floor's opulent rooms were restored to reflect their antebellum beginnings. You also can explore the unfinished second floor and basement. The first floor often hosts events, such as weddings and conventions, so check in advance to make sure the mansion is open to the public during your visit. If you book a tour package that includes Stanton Hall, you'll have the chance to see two Mississippi landmarks followed by some fine dining at Stanton Hall's Carriage House restaurant. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Longwood by using our Natchez tour itinerary planning website.
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  • Just imagine if it wold have been finished. I enjoyed seeing the architecture within the walls and floors. Great for photos!  more »
  • Visited with my wife and daughters. Cool place. The grounds are nice also. Recommend visiting this one!  more »
  • Interesting piece of American architectural history. The tour is informative, but short which can be a blessing in the summer. If you only see one historic building in Natchez, this is the one. You'll understand why Longwood is a favorite filming location in all of its unfinished glory.
  • An interesting house, built at the time of the civil war, was not finished when war broke out and the upper floors were never completed. The owner was killed in the war and his widow and her children survived to live in the basement which was the only part that had been completed. The guide gave a fascinating account of the events at the time of the civil war and the struggles the owner's widow had to survive and bring up her large family. The design of the house is unusual and consists of a central octagonal room with minor rooms arranged around the eight sides.

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