Longwood, an Antebellum Octagonal Mansion

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Arkansas-Mississippi Road Trip Part 6 (View Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5)

After exploring the Windsor Ruins, we continued on to Natchez to tour Longwood, the largest octagonal house in America. I think this may have been my favorite site on our Arkansas to Mississippi trip.

Historic Longwood Plantation Antebellum Octogonal Mansion, Natchez, MS, Mississippi, Civil War, Dr. Haller Nutt, True Blood, Vampire King, Russell Edgington

The wealthy cotton planter Dr. Haller Nutt, had construction on Longwood commence in 1860. The American Civil War broke out the following year and consequently, the interior of the home was never fully completed as all the craftsmen had fled North. Nutt died in 1864. His wife, Julia, and their eight children lived in the basement of the mansion until she died in 1897. The basement was the only portion that was completed.

turtle in pond, Historic Longwood Plantation Antebellum Octogonal Mansion, Natchez, MS, Mississippi, Civil War, Dr. Haller Nutt

Historic Longwood Plantation Antebellum Octogonal Mansion, Natchez, MS, Mississippi, Civil War, Dr. Haller Nutt, True Blood, Vampire King, Russell Edgington
Julia Nutt’s carriage house next to the back of the mansion.

carriage house of Historic Longwood Plantation Antebellum Octogonal Mansion, Natchez, MS, Mississippi, Civil War, Dr. Haller Nutt
Julia Nutt’s carriage.

back of Historic Longwood Plantation Antebellum Octogonal Mansion, Natchez, MS, Mississippi, Civil War, Dr. Haller Nutt, True Blood, Vampire King, Russell Edgington

The tour begins at the back entrance, which leads into the basement. The basement, the only completed section of the home, contains all the original furnishings from the Nutt family. It’s also the only area in which we were not allowed to take photos. This E-Zine can provide photos if you are curious: http://www.newsouthernview.com/pages/nsv_ie_longwood.html

unfinished dome interior construction, Historic Longwood Plantation Antebellum Octogonal Mansion, Natchez, MS, Mississippi, Civil War, Dr. Haller Nutt
After the basement tour, we were led to the first floor of the house. This is a view to the top from the first floor.

stairs under unfinished construction, Historic Longwood Plantation Antebellum Octogonal Mansion, Natchez, MS, Mississippi, Civil War, Dr. Haller Nutt

windows, balconies, unfinished construction, Historic Longwood Plantation Antebellum Octogonal Mansion, Natchez, MS, Mississippi, Civil War, Dr. Haller Nutt

carriage house, servant quarters, Historic Longwood Plantation Antebellum Octogonal Mansion, Natchez, MS, Mississippi, Civil War, Dr. Haller Nutt
View from the balcony.

architecture, unfinished construction, Historic Longwood Plantation Antebellum Octogonal Mansion, Natchez, MS, Mississippi, Civil War, Dr. Haller Nutt

second floor bedroom floor plan blueprint, Historic Longwood Plantation Antebellum Octogonal Mansion, Natchez, MS, Mississippi, Civil War, Dr. Haller Nutt
Floor plan of the second floor.

luggage, unfinished construction, Historic Longwood Plantation Antebellum Octogonal Mansion, Natchez, MS, Mississippi, Civil War, Dr. Haller Nutt
Luggage and shipping crates left by the Nutt family.

unfinished construction, Historic Longwood Plantation Antebellum Octogonal Mansion, Natchez, MS, Mississippi, Civil War, Dr. Haller Nutt

trees, cane sugar boiler, Historic Longwood Plantation Antebellum Octogonal Mansion, Natchez, MS, Mississippi, Civil War, Dr. Haller Nutt
Sitting neat the cane sugar boiler.

Historic Longwood Plantation Antebellum Octogonal Mansion, Natchez, MS, Mississippi, Civil War, Dr. Haller Nutt, True Blood, Vampire King, Russell Edgington
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We learned from Aerial America that Longwood was featured as the Vampire King’s mansion in HBO’s True Blood. I don’t watch that show, being rather squeamish, but it seems to be a popular show. That wasn’t mentioned on the tour.

After the tour, we continued on to historic downtown Natchez to stroll down Silver Street. During the flatboat era, Silver Street led to the heart of the most notorious port on the river, Under-the-Hill.

Historic downtown Natchez, Mississippi
Under-the-Hill was known as a bustling “resort of the damned”. Not much remains today.

Historic downtown Natchez, Mississippi

Riverboat gambling casino on the river near Historic downtown Natchez, Mississippi
Riverboat Casino floating on the murky waters of the Mississippi.

View of Mississippi River on Natchez boardwalk.
The Mississippi River.

Longwood Mansion
Getting There 140 Lower Woodville Rd.
Natchez, MS 39120
Map
Hours 9 AM – 4:30 Daily
Tours every 1/2 hour. Tour required to enter house.
Fees $12/person
Websites

1 Comment

  1. Eleanor | June 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm
     

    You go on such awesome adventures! That house’s interior would be so beautiful if completed.

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