Dunleith is an antebellum, pre-Civil War mansion located in southwest Mississippi.
It was a plantation before the Civil War and had a 12-room main house, in addition to several outbuildings which included a carriage house, poultry house, dairy barn and a three story courtyard building which housed the kitchen. Now, it is used as a hotel and event venue, with regular tours of the grounds, and a house museum.
If you are personally interested in Deep South culture and would like to see a plantation from a long lost time, Dunleith is a must-see. With its ancient oak trees, acres of land, and many outbuildings, you will be transported back to a time in history that has largely been forgotten. Visiting Dunleith is a fascinating exploration of the culture of the 1800's South, in all its beauty and darkness.
Historically, a famous occupant of this house was John Roy Lynch, a former slave who would go on to become the first African-American Speaker of the House in the Mississippi legislature, and one of the first black congressmen. He was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in 1939. He was a rare and important man who was self-educated and inspired many African-Americans at the time.
For anyone with interest in this area of United States history, Dunleith is an important site to see. A tourist would not be disappointed by its grandeur and imposing largeness in such a rural area of the South. You will also learn quite a bit about Southern culture and forgotten history.