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140 Lower Woodville Road, Natchez, MS 39120
+1 601-442-5193
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Ranked #5 of 32 Attractions in Natchez
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Bowling Alleys, Amusement
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Owner description: 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

There really isn't another similar example of this type architecture and the backstory is fascinating too. I'd learned about this home in art history class. Worth a visit.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

From the outside the Longwood looks like just another antebellum mansion. But on the inside it is a different story. The first floor is complete and furnished in period but the upper floors were never completed. The tour provides interesting background on the builders, the challenges of plantation owners during the civil war. It also includes tour of the upper... More

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Fully restored and owned by the Garden Club of Natchez, this home is generally open for tours. It is a remarkably graceful mansion centrally located in Natchez.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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120 reviews 120 reviews
7 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This was interesting as far as the history of the structure and the architecture. We didn't have the best tour guide and we felt rushed because there was a large group right behind us. If you're looking for the beautiful furnishing and grandeur this is not the spot. It's interesting but lacks the beauty of the other antebellum homes.

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

One of the most interesting homes we have visited. Construction was started in 1860 and halted in April 1861. when the craftsmen left their tools in the unfinished interior of the building to escape the Civil War. Only the "basement" was complete, and the family resided there until 1897. The house contains many or the original furnishings along with tools,... More

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London, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This property was partially finished in the 1860's and remains as it was in those days. Family lived in the basement and the rest is left as it was. Great atmosphere and grounds.

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Worcester Park, null, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

One of a kind, unfinished southern house, family lost money and just lived on the lower floor! Well worth a visit, nothing quite like it!

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Galveston, Texas
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17 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

With a great history in itself the unfinished mansion has the remains left by northern craftsmen prior to the days before the Civil War. Tools and materials abandoned by the craftsmen remain on site to be seen first hand.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This home has perhaps the most interesting story you will hear, as well as the most unique architecture. The unfinished home is all the more interesting because you can see stages of construction just as they were left in 1864 and yet see how the family lived in the mere 10,000 sq ft lower level for the next 100 years.

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Vicksburg, Mississippi
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I really enjoyed Longwood Plantation. The architecture is amazing and the tour was very well done. The story is heartbreaking but this is the must see home in Natchez. If you are into True Blood at all you know why! I have to go back while the gift shop is operating. They were unfortunately down for renovation while I was... More

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