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Review of Longwood

Ranked #2 of 51 things to do in Natchez
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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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Reviewed October 18, 2008

Beginning with the drive up the winding road you feel you are traveling back in time. Then the sight of this grand home takes your breath. You must see it. The grounds are beautiful, which not only includes the massive six story home, (only the basement floor finished inside) but also a kitchen building separate from the house, servants' quarters, family cemetery and a carriage house. You are taken to the second floor also and given views of the upper stories through a massive open dome and told of the undeveloped plans of the owners, the Nutts. To listen to the guide tell of all that the owner had in store for the home is quite remarkably unbelievable for that time and you can picture it in your mind. It definitely takes you back in time. My husband and I loved it and we just wanted to linger in the pre-civil war era and imagine what it was like. We just visited in October, 2008 and the price is now $10 a person, not the $8 reported by another. However, it is worth it. It also has a gift shop and helpful guides who will answer any questions you have about the era, the Nutts and their children and servants, and the property.

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Atlanta, GA
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“The beauty is surpassed only by the sadness!!!”
Reviewed June 9, 2008

As a novice Civil War Historian/business traveller I feel there may be no other site that truly brings home the effects of the war between the States like Longwood! To witness first hand the hollow shell that stands today as a lasting reminder of the past grandeur of the Old South is haunting. As you drive down the long gravel lane that leads to the mansion you're easily transported back in time and can envision cariage drawn guests arriving for debutante balls and dinner parties. As you round the final bend and get your first sight of Longwood even the most experienced antebellum home tourer has their breathe taken away. The shear size and opulance of the home's exterior is awe inspiring, from the intricate trimwork to the famous onion dome set atop the octagonal structure! As you approach Longwood one can only imagine what live in the antebellum South must have been like....and then you see the interior!

For all the exterior of the home represents what the Old South WAS, the unfinished interior represents what the South became.
Witnessing the empty shell that is Longwood helps one truly understand the price the South paid as a result of the Civil War. Especially when you realize that Haller Nutt , Longwood's Owner, was a Pro-Unionist and had a signed protection order from the United States Government yet still lost everything!

Longwood is a true American treasure, the likes of which may not exist anywhere else in our country. We are very lucky that she survived the incredibly hard times that fell on the Nutt family after the war! If you come to Natchez, go to Longwood. Better yet come to Natchez to see Longwood! I have toured plantation homes in TN, NC, SC, VA, GA, AL and LA but none have moved me the way Longwood has. Share this special place with your children while you still can!

8 Thank Luck-o-the-Brirish
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“Childhood visit to longwood”
Reviewed June 4, 2008

Years ago probably in the early 1960's i was maby 10 or 12 years old I visited longwood with my parents. The house was in process of a change of owenership or something like that. We toured it and we were the only ones there. It was real layed back not commercialized like now. The person showing it to us allowed us to climb the scaffolding inside all the way to the top. Even as a kid it was an experience I will always remember I have been there several times since as an adult and people I tour with are intreged at the story I tell them about that visit including the current tourguides some of which have never been up there themselves.

1 Thank bantamalabama
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natchez, ms
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“A Moment Left Behind In Time”
Reviewed January 1, 2008

Creeping up the long and haunting driveway to the most astounding home I have ever seen was wonderful. The history behind the house was intriguing, leaving you with so many questions that only someone could answer from that time. It was such a wonderful trip me and my husband made a drastic move within the matter of a month to move to Natchez and absorb all the culture possible all with walking distance of our new home......... A must see for any vistor don't leave Natchez without it.

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Athens, Georgia
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“Not your usual antebellum house”
Reviewed October 20, 2007

This is an amazing structure...all the other antebellum homes dim after visiting Longwood. The drive up to the house was like a trip back in time and awaiting you at the end was a house unlike any you've seen for grandeur and imagination. You can only guess how the finished structure would have taken ones breath. The fact that is it unfinished and the skeletal structure of the upper floors visible so that you can see the solid construction methods adds to the interest of the site. The house and the story of the people who inhabited it captures your heart. A tour is worth far more than the cost. It is the only home I would revisit given the opportunity.

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