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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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Unfinished Masterpiece

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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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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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW 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 NEW

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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Marshall, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Tour guide was extremely knowledgable and interesting. Grounds were beautiful. Definitely a must see!!

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Modesto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I was on a group tour that toured Longwood. Even though it's unfinished and the family lived in the basement, it was quite impressive and definitely worth the visit. I enjoy hearing the family history on a tour of an older home or plantation. Especially when you're in the South and see how the Civil War affected so many people.... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I visited 5 houses in Natchez and this was my favorite. An amazing story of grand ambition brought low by the Civil War. The house was never finished and is preserved as an amazing example of Oriental Villa architecture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

This is my favorite tour in Natchez. The house is unique to all others. The size and history are awesome. You feel like your stepping back in history just driving onto the property.

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Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Only first of five planned floors was finished due to Civil War and death of landowner. Nice job of presenting information and allowing people to actually walk through rooms. Gift shop just so-so.

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