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“Beautiful Historic Home”

Auburn Museum & Historic Home
Ranked #15 of 50 things to do in Natchez
Certificate of Excellence
Springfield, Missouri
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful Historic Home”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

This is an incredible antebellum museum home with interesting history. The most interesting feature is the staircase, which you see immediately upon entering the house. Per the terms of the last owner's will, the house and property was given to Natchez and is now Duncan Park.

Visited September 2012
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English first
Forest, Mississippi
Level 6 Contributor
80 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Beautiful Antebellum Mansion”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

The Ladies who did the tour were Fantastic! Great Family Fun!!1

Visited July 2012
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Osceola, Missouri
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“Rising from neglect”
Reviewed June 15, 2012

This mansion was built in 1811 on a 400 acre plantation for Lyman Harding, a Boston immigrant who was a teacher and a lawyer. Cabinetmaker Levi Weeks, a pioneer of the Weeks furniture dynasty, was the designer and builder. The two story home had a main body of the normal rooms, sitting and parlor down, dining room and library with bedrooms upstairs. When the owner died, his home was bought by Dr. Stephen Duncan who added a wing on either side which now houses library and gift shop downstairs and another parlor upstairs. His son left the house to the city of natchez at his death in 1911 along with 220 acres which were to be made into a public park. The house was neglected because the city fathers saw no benefit in maintaining it.

So from 1911 until 1972 the house was subject to children riding bicycles in the halls, down the beautiful spiral staircase , boys riding the banisters to see how far they could jump and all other manners of abuse. Finally members of a Natchez garden club convinced the city to let them manage the house for the benefit of renovating it and opening it to the public for paid tours. This has paid off grandly through a lot of hard work and fund-raising on their part.

I liked the Henry Clay portrait in the downstairs parlor - he was a friend of the Dr. Duncan and along with him opposed the continuation of slavery in the south and helped develop plans to send ex-slaves back to Africa and the birth of the country of Liberia. His furniture and another portrait is also on display in the upstairs sitting room where it was sent from the Clay home in Washington, D.C.

The tour guide was a retired school teacher and made the tour interesting and informative with her school teacher demeanor. You can tell a professional who is used to talking to people to impart information. The gift shop is nice and the grounds are beautiful to match the old house.

I am glad it was rescued from deterioration by concerned citizens. Go natchez.

Visited May 2012
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Abingdon, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
229 reviews
41 attraction reviews
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“A delightful visit”
Reviewed February 23, 2012

The docents here are volunteers and do the job really well - welcoming, enthusiastic, knowledgable and keen to answer your questions. The house is charming - light and airy and well-decorated with an extraordinary wooden spiral staircase taking pride of place.

Visited February 2012
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