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Windsor Ruins, Port Gibson

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.
BackgroundWindsor 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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  • This place is off the beaten path by quite a bit, but the ruins are so unique that the drive is worth it. It’s too bad that they had to build a fence around it, as it makes pictures less interesting.  more »
  • Worth a trip down a bumpy, slightly trash strewn road. Out of nowhere, you see the columns and can’t help but wonder at how big the original home was. Hopefully they can work on restoring it as it is ...  more »
  • This is one of the most mysterious and intriguing locations in the south. It is majestic. It is beautiful. We drove down the Natchez Trace and viewed it with the ruddy, red afternoon sun in the top of the trees. You will feel the need to quietly meditate - I suggest you do.
  • Every bit as magical as the pictures and subsequently your imagination crafts personal expectations. It is fenced off, but that is for our own protection; the ruins are old and may crumble at any point. There are plenty of rocks scattered around the vicinity where you can easily hop up and take a bevy or photos satisfying your social media needs. Best the crowds and go early in the morning!

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