Longwood

Longwood, Natchez: Hours, Address, Longwood Reviews: 4.5/5

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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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SLKspingirl
Texas510 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
We were the only two people on our tour and our guide, Allyn was very knowledgeable about the history of the home and the family. We had a wonderful time exploring this home that regrettably was never completed. It would have been magnificent. Now I hope it survives, as it clearly needs some repairs and maintenance. It took about an hour and fifteen minutes to tour and then we needed another 30-45 minutes to explore the grounds. $25 per person, it would be a challenge for anyone who can’t do stairs to really appreciate the entire experience of seeing the unfinished upper levels. You can’t see the outside of the home without paying the fee, as it’s a long secluded driveway on private property, the house is not visible from the street. Well worth visiting for the unique unfinished state of the house.
Written July 16, 2021
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ULYSSES9999
Union, NJ142 contributions
Jul 2021
My friends and myself thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Longwood. Our tour guide was very informative as he told us about the sad tale of Haller Nutt. This place was very fascinating since only the bottom floor was completed. It is quite sad that the house was never completed. I would highly recommend a visit to Longwood if you are visiting Natchez or if you are just passing through the city. Undoubtedly, Longwood was the highlight of my visit to Natchez.
Written September 5, 2021
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PaulLori
Whidbey Island, WA135 contributions
Apr 2022
This home is very unique with it's octagonal design. The tour is extensive and be aware the 'basement' was the living area for the family This home was NOT completed but is still worth a visit to view this architectural masterpiece. The guides are knowledgable and friendly. This home is a must do for a visit to Natchez.
Written April 12, 2022
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Global30536679654
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Nov 2020 • Couples
This was an absolutely beautiful home. Furniture, and other housewares were all original to the period. It was very enjoyable also our tour guides were nice and very informative. The only negative I have to say is I don't mind paying $20 a person to tour a home. But we were not told that you couldn't take pictures of the inside. Had I known I would have just walked around the outside. I thought paying $40 for me and my wife to view something that couldn't be photographed was a bit much. Lots of photo opportunities outside however none inside.
Written November 3, 2020
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Charynn
Bel Air, MD122 contributions
Apr 2021
We had a very disappointing experience here. We've been all over the country taking pictures of what the Discoverer has named the coolest building in each state. This happened to be the coolest building listed in Mississippi. We just wanted a picture of the outside of the building. We approached the ticket booth and were told that we would have to pay 50.00 to take that picture but we could go down to the visitors center where they have discounted prices. We followed his advise but were told that was absolutely not true. No discounts offered there. So, we paid 50.00 for a total waste of 30 minutes on a ridiculous tour we had no interest in, in addition to the wild goose chase the ticket booth man sent us on. Dont waste your time or money! This is the only place in all of our travels that seemed to take pleasure in ripping us off! Criminals!
Written April 17, 2021
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Steve C
Milton, FL17 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
The Longwood mansion was a fantastic stop that cost $25 a person but was well worth the money as you got a 40 minute tour of the completed and unfinished portion of the mansion. The tour guide was very personable and friendly and informative. It was very interesting to see the unfinished portionThat was completed 150 years ago still in relatively good condition. The history of Longwood and the family who owned the property was very interesting
Written June 1, 2021
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Katrina V
Seattle, Washington25 contributions
Mar 2022
We visited Natchez during Spring Pilgrimage, and this house was the highlight for me. I've never seen anything like this octagonal home, and the beautiful trees and Spanish moss surrounding it set it off perfectly! It was also fascinating to see the unfinished upper floors, and our guide did a great job of describing and helping us imagine what the house would have looked like if completed as planned. Don't miss this on your trip to Natchez!
Written April 1, 2022
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Redcurls875
Florence, MS199 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
We were delighted to catch this wonderful house open for touring. The history of the family not being able to finish the house is sad but what they did and how they lived was interesting. The unfinished portion is breathtaking to say the least as boards turn into ideas and ideas in architecture of 200 yrs you are reminded of how it once was. We bought a ticket deal got two house tours ..so ask about that !!
Written March 7, 2021
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jayo0556
Sugar Land, TX328 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We were on the tour with one other couple. It gave us an opportunity to have an in depth discussion with our knowledgeable tour guide. The $25 per person entry fee may seem steep at first but by the end of the tour we found it tone good value. I would highly recommend visiting the house
Written September 26, 2021
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David H
Lampasas, TX333 contributions
Oct 2019
Very beautiful in an eerie sort of way. This majestic octagonal home was begun before the War of Northern Aggression by a large group of skilled artisans & builders from Pennsylvania. When the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter in South Carolina, they packed their bags and their tools, and went home. The basement level was finished by slave labor, and there the family lived until the building and grounds were sold in the late 20th century to a Texas philanthropist who turned it over to a local historical society. The unfinished upper floors hold many of the items which were ordered to finish the house, including the shipping crates. The tour of the house lasts about 45 minutes, but we then wandered the other buildings and grounds, including the family cemetery, for a total of about two hours. We then stopped in the gift shop/office, and I spent more time chatting with the tour guide while my wife looked for something with which to remember our visit. Very interesting and definitely worthwhile.
Written February 1, 2020
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