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Address: 140 Lower Woodville Road, Natchez, MS 39120
Phone Number: +1 601-442-5193
Description: Construction on this architectural gem, the largest octagonal house in the...
Construction on this architectural gem, the largest octagonal house in the U.S., began in 1860, but was interrupted by the onset of war. A National Historic Landmark, the still-unfinished mansion is an enduring symbol of the impact of the Civil War.
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Beautiful and interesting

The house is an unfinished masterpiece. The bottom floor is interesting with many antiques and the story of how the family lived in the "basement" floor. The upper floor is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Covington, Louisiana
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Covington, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

The house is an unfinished masterpiece. The bottom floor is interesting with many antiques and the story of how the family lived in the "basement" floor. The upper floor is fascinating to see how the architecture was created. The house makes for some stunning photos. Overall, well worth the time for the tour and to walk the grounds.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Loved seeing the architecture of this building. Guide was friendly and informative. Worth the $15 admission.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

From the outside it is stunning! The history of the house is heart breaking. My husband loved the fact that only the first floor (the basement) was ever finished, due to the Civil War and the death of her husband. The fact that the upper floors aren't finished allowed my husband to study the construction methods used back then. It... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

This house from the outside is super nice however it has an interesting history and is unfinished. I liked the story behind it more than i like the house itself.

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Rogers, Arkansas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

So, don't even try to take pictures on the main floor. People are horrible and stole antique silverware from a partner home (see?! Jerks! Who does that?!), but wow go see the home. It is MASSIVE. Just their basement/living quarters is the size of our home, and if it has been completed, was going to be INSANELY HUGE. They were... More 

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Chicago
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Longwood comes with an incredible story: a plantation owner sets out to build a spectacular oriental palace just outside Natchez, Mississippi. Just as the octogonal brick structure is completed, and the crowning onion dome and spire set in place, the Civil War breaks out, and the skilled workers flee for their homes in the North. The basement is finished out... More 

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East Anglia, UK
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115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

A great guide to a fascinating building. Tour took about an hour, but was consistently interesting. Worth getting the multi visit ticket for a number of places in town (though there is no senior discount)

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Jackson, Mississippi
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Longwood is a beautiful octagonal antebellum home. Too bad they only finished the bottom floor. The exterior of this house promises an interior fill with delights. Too bad the family was ruined by the Civil War. The widow of the original owner finished the bottom floor of the house so she could move in with her 8 surviving children after... More 

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London
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97 reviews 97 reviews
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

Well worth the visit. We were recommended by our travel agent in the UK as one of the must visit among the many available here in the beautiful Natchez. We were staying at Monmouth so it was great to see different styles of house. Monmouth is about the interior whereas Longwood is all about the architecture as it was actually... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

The story of Longwood, the uncompleted plantation house in Natchez, is the story of a man, Dr Haller Nutt, who owned five plantations wanting to flaunt his wealth more lavishly, more ostentatiously and more extravagantly than anyone else in a town where white plantation owners made a point of outspending each other. The start of the Civil War left the... More 

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