Longwood, an Antebellum Octagonal Mansion

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.
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Windsor Ruins

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

At the spur of the moment, we decided to take our Arkansas-Mississippi road trip deeper south. Through the Smithsonian Channel’s Aerial America, we learned about the eerie Windsor Ruins. We also learned that it was located kind of in the middle of nowhere –about 10 miles outside of Port Gibson, Mississippi in the backwoods.
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Cedar Grove Mansion

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

During our stay in Mississipi, we encamped at the Cedar Grove Mansion for two nights. Normally I don’t blog about accommodations, however this bed and breakfast deserved a post of its own. Construction on this antebellum estate began in 1840 and was completed in 1852 by the self-made businessman John Alexander Klein. He married Elizabeth Bartley Day in 1842 and because of her ties to William Tecumseh Sherman (her uncle), Cedar Grove survived the American Civil War. During the war, Cedar Grove served as a hospital for the Union and a place for General Ulysses S. Grant and several of his soldiers to stay in. Many of the furnishings are original to the house, purchased when the Kleins went on a year long honeymoon in Europe. Considering its turbulent history (it was hit 41 times during the war), the estate is still well and beautifully kept!
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Desert View: Mary Colter Watchtower

In the early 1900′s, Mary Colter worked as one of the few women architects in a then male-dominated field. She is now often referred to as the architect of the southwest. She is responsible for several structures in the Grand Canyon, but her signature piece is the Watchtower at Desert View.
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