Waverley Mansion
Waverley Mansion
4.5
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Temporarily Closed Waverley Mansion is one of the most outstanding antebellum plantation homes in the South. After having been vacant for over 50 years, the Snow family purchased it and slowly and lovingly restored it to its original glory. It is furnished with outstanding antiques and features original mirrors, chandeliers, books, trunks, and other items. It can be reached by boat on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway or by car via Highway 50 from either West Point or Columbus. The most amazing feature is the 65 foot high entrance hall crowned by an octagonal cupola. Listed on The National Register of Historic Buildings and A National Historic Landmark, the property was recently listed on the Civil War Trail.
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Patti S
Searcy, AR19 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Although all the online sites said the house was open for tours, we drove there to see the house since the renovation and preservation work. When we arrived we were delighted to find such wonderful work having been accomplished, but it was locked up tight. We called a number we found online, which revealed that the house was not yet open. A visitor we encountered at the cemetery said they were under the impression that it was going now to be a private residence only with the possible exception of pilgrimage. Make sure you call before you go.
Written October 7, 2023
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Cyndy S
Westbury, NY6 contributions
Mar 2015 • Family
To us the property did not look well kept which is a tragedy given the history. Everything needs going over from the home to the gardens. I was disappointed over the gardens because I was concerned over any dead branches that should fall or trip over anything loose. I noticed someone that appeared to be a gardener but he was doing nothing the entire time we were there, which amazed me given how the home/property looked. The guide she was of questionable nature, her breath smelled allegedly of alcohol and I felt was not into the spirit of the tour. This is sad given the historical nature of the property, I highly recommend changes before I give this a higher rating. Since this was a weekend visit early spring I once again strongly recommend replacement of employees or something before I return…..
Written May 3, 2015
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Lasonya W
2 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
I arrived at the mansion. He did not speak or even introduce himself. He just told us to pay or leave the property. From what I saw it was not worth the price of admission.
Written July 20, 2018
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Byron M
Grand Haven, Michigan, United States22 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
Not far from Columbus, MS, Waverly Plantation Mansion is a hidden gem. Built in 1852, Waverly Plantation was a self sufficient working plantation with river access. The last remaining member of the original family died in the early 20th century. It remained unoccupied until the early 60's when it was purchased by antique dealer Snow. It has remained in the Snow family since then.
The Snow family have offered personal tours since the beginning. My first experience seeing Waverly Mansion was in the mid 90's. While in the area on business I found the mansion very interesting. Our tour guide then was Mr. Snow's eldest daughter Miss Melanie. Again when I brought my wife and some Looper couples to see the estate, Miss Melanie was again available to answer questions. Mr. Snow, now 90, met us from his chair on the sunny front porch and invited us in to look around. The house is decorated with some original antiques but mostly antiques from Mr. Snow's collections.
Now in the midst more and constant restoration some of the exterior and interior are showing the 160+ years it has endured. But still well worth the time and effort to stop and see and also the walk the grounds.
A Great Stop.
Written November 18, 2014
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Cynthia Lyn-Gra... M
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Breathtaking antebellum home with museum quality furnishings and art gives a glimpse of the old South. She survived the Civil War but is struggling to continue into 21st century. Built in 1852, the mansion fell into disrepair upon the death of the last surviving son of the original owner in 1913. Setting empty for years, it became a home for bats, birds and other critters until Mr. Snow and his family purchased the tattered home and began to restore it to its former granduer. That was in 1962 and Mr. Snow and his daughter Miss Melanie continue their work. It's with passion and love that the home is being restored by this wonderful family. Don't miss the chance to look back into the old South. Visit the home, chat with the owners, enjoy the curated tour and appreciate the surroundings. This is a work in progress so don't expect the pristine. Just enjoy the hard work, dedication and passion of this fine family and their efforts to maintain the past. It touches your heart.
Written November 13, 2014
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Dennis B
Eagle, NE262 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
From the parking lot the view of, this mansion was breath taking.. The cupola is large and unusual. It has 16 windows on it. When opened, it would provide a lot of light and ventilation for the 4 stories. The house is beautifully furnished and internal architecture is remarkable. Rather than a long hall you usually see in antebellum homes it has a rotunda. The double stairs to the upper floor is something of unbelievable beauty.
The tour guide was outstanding and was a walking textbook of information. He obviously loves this home and what he does as a guide. The gardens and trees are relaxing to walk among and enjoy the beauty of them. One unusual tree was a Southern Magnolia that is 450 years old. This place is a gem to visit.
Written October 22, 2018
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Antami
Burleson, TX48 contributions
Jun 2018
Because it's not a tourist hot spot, Waverley Mansion retains so much of its enchanting nature. It's about at southern mansion as it gets. The history of this house and the grounds is enthralling and rich. The construction of the mansion was brilliant in its time and a ground-breaker for architecture of the future. Try to make time for this amazing site when you're in the area.
Written July 10, 2018
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Chelsea, AL301 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
Loved It! This place is amazing. As we walked up to the porch we were greeted byTallulah Bankhead aka Mr. Snows black lab. Beautiful fur baby! Then Jimmy came out to greet us. What an awesome story teller he was. He made this old house come alive! Every piece of furniture had a story and believe me Jimmy knew each one. We drove 3 1/2 hours from Alabama to tour the house. It did not disappoint. I just wish I had known about this house before Mr. Snow passed away in March of this year. It would have been an honor to have meet him. The house was amazing. It is under going some restoration now. If you are in the area stop by. Or take a road trip like I did to come and see this beautiful plantation.
Written August 28, 2017
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Christopher G
17 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
Visited Waverly Mansion while on a trip to Columbus and glad we didn't pass it up. Tucked out of the way, we accidentally drove right passed its unassuming brick and iron gateway, but once we got a closer look we could make out the ornate white mansion through the dense magnolia trees. What a wonderful experience to talk with Ms. Snow and get a private tour of her family's renovation of the mansion. Great experience for history buffs as well as family friendly. Can't wait to be back!
Written August 14, 2016
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Peggy S
Columbus, Mississippi, United States1 contribution
Oct 2014 • Couples
Waverley Mansion is a privately owned residence maintained by the donations of the visitors. The cost of the tour is $10 each but donations beyond the fee are very much appreciated and necessary to maintain this treasure. Miss Melanie Snow, the owners daughter, who has lived at Waverley for 50+ years is a wonderful tour guide who has lived through the 50 year restoration project. Her informative presentation takes you back in time as you visualize the grand balls and the hustle and bustle of plantation life. Not only does the house have character but also Miss Melanie which adds to the ambiance and the pleasure of the whole experience. Needless to say, we had a marvelous time and a very memorable afternoon.
Written October 25, 2014
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