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Victor W
77 contributions
Oct 2020
The Windsor Ruins are a short drive off of the Natchez Trace close to the city of Port Gibson which is about 10 miles away. It is also near Alcon State University. The Windsor Ruins consist of 23 standing Corinthian columns of the largest antebellum Greek Revival mansion ever built in Mississippi. The plantation was not destroyed due to the Civil War but a fire that left only the columns standing. Pretty impressive to see what remains of the grand building of the old south. Suggest making this a stop if you are exploring the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Written November 2, 2020
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California_momofsix
Fairfield1,084 contributions
Jul 2020
Fun little detour off the Natchez Trace parkway. It's interesting how the remains of a burned building can look so scenic and romantic, but they do. To me it invoked plantations destroyed during the civil war, even though Windsor plantation burned 30 years later. The forest is slowly reclaiming the area. There is a panel showing what it looked like when intact and explaining a little of the history.
It's about 20 miles off the Natchez Trace outside of Port Gibson. Not hard to find, but our cell reception was spotty. I would recommend looking at a map ahead of time so you know where you are going. If you are traveling southbound on the Trace turn off shortly after you passed the "sunken trace" onto 18 towards Port Gibson. In Port Gibson, take a left down the main street (61) and then a right on Rodney Road. The ruins are on your left after about 18 miles. Just keep following the road, there is a big clearing and they are easy to spot. If you are traveling northbound, take 552 towards Alcorn. At the college entrance, turn on Rodney road and the ruins will be on your right just a few miles later.
You enter by dirt road, but it's short and manageable with a regular car. Note ahead of time that the ruins are cordoned off with a wire fence. For safety reasons you aren't supposed to walk in between the columns. The fence gets in the way of photographs. I saw people duck under the fence, actually one of the panels is bent back. Use your judgement I guess.
During covid times, it was not crowded when we visited (but very hot.)
Written September 23, 2020
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Jason M
Tulsa, OK403 contributions
Mar 2021
There's something about being physically close to history and the Windsor Ruins deliver. Quiet, haunting and remote, the ruins evoke an era gone by. If you can visit early or late, you'll have the site to yourself. The huge live oaks surrounding the site add to the aura. Learn about the history of the place and then soak it up.
Written March 20, 2021
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dpr8
San Francisco, CA62 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
It’s now surrounded by a fence, with equipment in the center area, as the state is trying to preserve it. Nice quick stop, but the fence and equipment take away from the atmosphere. Nice drive to it, but the road is windy and narrow, should you have a trailer or get car sick.
Written May 14, 2022
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egland95
Peoria, IL104 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Atmosphere temporarily ruined. Can’t access the ruins. Surrounded by ugly chain link with construction equipment. 11 mile drive off the Natchez parkway mile marker 30. Save the trip for when the site reopens!
Written May 22, 2022
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PMMarion
Tarrytown, GA422 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
If traveling the Natchez Trace or Mississippi Mound Grain do yourself a favor and go. Free to visit and very rural...great place for a tailgate picnic. Great photo ops as the ruins are simply stunning. For the ghost hunter there are stories that one resides here.
Written February 16, 2020
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Felicia T
Mount Dora41 contributions
Mar 2014 • Family
I was curious about visiting the old Mississippi ghost town of Rodney, when I came upon the Windsor Ruins. When you get the town of Port Gibson, en route to the Windsor Ruins, you might think you are in the middle of nowhere and start to wonder if the road will ever end??. Don't give up! The drive is a lot longer than what some of the tour guides suggest, but all of a sudden the ruins sneak up on you and you can see the columns in the distance through a patch of burned/deforested trees. I'm not sure why this area is so devoid of trees, which adds to the creepiness? Perhaps so that you can actually the ruins from the road? Anyways, there is not much to the ruins, except for a path encircling the former mansion. However, the ruins are enchanting and eerie. I would definitely take the time to see them if you happen to drive through the area. It's truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Written March 27, 2014
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,010 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
I'll never forget the first time my wife and I got a loot at Windsor, the ruins of the largest antebellum Greek Revival mansion ever built in Mississippi. We were driving on Highway 552 southwest of Port Gibson. We were told Windsor was about 12 miles out of town. Checking the odometer, we began looking for the site as we reached the 12-mile mark. All of a sudden, there it was. As we began to veer to the left on a curve in the road, we looked to our left, up a hill, to the columns that stood alone against the sky. Windsor. In front were old cotton fields, now dusty and barren, an empty water pond, and one large oak tree. It was an eerie experience. The ruins consist of 23 standing Corinthian columns, each 45 feet tall. They are all that remain of a magnificent house that once boasted 29 columns and covered 17,000 square feet, three stories, a cupola, three hallways, 25 rooms, each with its own fireplace, two interior bathrooms supplied with rainwater from a tank in the attic, and cost $175,000, equal to $4,608,981 in today's money. No picture of Windsor ever was known until 1991 when historians discovered a drawing made by a Union soldier while marching with General U.S. Grant's army in the Vicksburg campaign in 1863. Smith Coffee Daniell II, a wealthy cotton planter by age 30, built Windsor between 1859-61 as the centerpiece of his 2,600-acre plantation, four miles east of the Mississippi River. No expense was overlooked. Craftsmen were brought in from New England to complete the woodwork. Column capitals, balustrades and four cast-iron stairways were manufactured in St. Louis and shipped down the Mississippi River to the Port of Bruinsburg, just west of Windsor. The ground floor contained a school room, doctor's office, dairy, commissary and storage rooms. The second floor had a hallway flanked by the master bedroom, a bathroom, two parlors, a study and a library. In the ell off the second floor was the dining room. The third floor contained an additional bathroom and eight bedrooms. Eight chimneys extended from the slate-covered roof and a domed cupola with glass walls was constructed above the attic. It was used as an observation post for Union and Confederate troops during the Vicksburg campaign. Ironically, Daniell died in 1861 at age 34, just weeks after construction of the mansion was completed. Windsor survived the Civil War only to burn down on February 17, 1890, when a guest dropped ashes from a cigar into construction debris left by carpenters who were making repairs on the third floor. North of the ruins is a cemetery where family members have been buried since the early 19th century. The earliest grave dates to 1819. The second time we visited Windsor, we discovered to our alarm that the most recent owner had planted a forest of trees to give the ruins more privacy and hide them from possible vandals. But preservationists and historians have come to the rescue. The trees have been cut down so Windsor Ruins can once again be seen from the roadway and the site looks more like it did in the 1860s. Whether you are a Civil War historian or not, you can't help but be overwhelmed by the sight of those 23 columns and the overgrown landscape that once contained beautiful gardens. Interestingly, three of the four cast-iron stairways have disappeared. But the fourth was moved to Alcorn State University and serves as the entrance to Oakland Memorial Chapel on the campus in Lorman, only a few miles down the road. There are ruins and there are ruins. But you've never seen anything as imposing as Windsor.
Written September 28, 2016
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Bob C
Starkville, MS77 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
Windsor is not on the way anywhere. There are two approaches; State Highway 522 from Lorman and Rodney Road from Port Gibson. Since we were returning from Natchez to Starkville 522 appeared to the best choice. WRONG, about 1-2 miles south of Windsor ruins MDOT closed the Road. There was little warning other than 2 Road closed signs less than a mile from the closure. a 22 mile trek without seeing the ruins We were due back in Starkville @ 7:00, hence another attempt from Port Gibson was not in the cards
Written February 19, 2018
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JPMcGuire
South Carolina464 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
Awesome! The story of Windsor is so sad, but the site is beautiful. I had always wanted to see these ruins since I was a kid, and finally got to swing by and take a look. Well worth the extra side trip down the country road to find it. And be sure to go beyond to the Bethel Presbyterian Church.
Written December 30, 2014
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