Just south of Port Gibson, Mississippi, you'll find the ruins of an antebellum Greek Revival Mansion.
Today, 23 columns are all that remain of what was once the largest mansion in Mississippi. The Windsor Ruins are a wonderful place to stop and wander through a historic site that has been in Mississippi for decades.
In 1971, the Windsor Ruins were added to the National Register of Historic Places, and in 1985 it was designated as a Mississippi Landmark.
The original Windsor Mansion was built between 1859-1861 by a man named Smith Daniell who was only able to live in the great mansion for a few short weeks before he passed away. The mansion remains sit on the Windsor Plantation which covers roughly 2,600 sprawling acres. The ruins are the home of lots of interesting history. Before it burnt to the ground, Mark Twain once visited the house and stood on the rooftop observatory to take in the amazing view of the powerful and breathtaking Mississippi River. During the Civil War, the home served as a hospital for the Union as well as an observation point during the war. The Union making use of the location was what saved it from being burned to the ground during the war like so many other stately homes of the time. Sadly, after surviving the brutal Civil War, a guest at a party left a lit cigar burning on the upper balcony and the mansion burned to the ground. The only thing that remained after the fire was the columns that still stand today, as well as some iron stairs and the balustrades.
These magnificent ruins are impressive to see. Knowing they were built so long ago and have withstood so much time and history is amazing to fathom. The ruins are open to the public during daylight hours and there is no entry fee to visit them. Don't miss the chance to gaze as this amazing historic site.