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 maintained!
One of the many notables to visit and stay at the Cedar Grove mansion was General (and later, the 18th President) Ulysses S. Grant. After the surrender of Vicksburg, Grant spent 3-days in this master bedroom. The canopy bed is purported to be the same bed he slept in although the mattress and furnishings have been updated. 90% of the furnishings are original to the room.
While the bed was extremely comfortable, I don’t believe I slept more than 3-4 hours because of my irrational fear there were ghosts about. I kept imagining I would open my eyes to see a gruesome civil war soldier standing over me.
The bright red Bohemian Glass above the doorway is dusted with 24k gold. It served a dual purpose of advertising the owner’s wealth but at the same time provided good insulation.
The Gentleman’s Parlor
The above parlor also had a cannonball lodged into the wall.
At the top left corner of the door is the patchwork covering where the cannonball came through.
Another sitting room.
This ballroom was being prepared for the Porsche Club during our stay. The piano in this room is Elizabeth Klein’s Centennial piano. Only 100 were made and to date, there are only 3 left in existence. It’s appraised at $1.5 million.
The library and game room. To the left are iron-wrought stairs that lead down to…
The Library Suite. This room was the morgue during the civil war. If any place in the mansion is haunted, it is definitely this room.
Another sitting room. They did a lot of sitting back then.
Elizabeth Klein’s favorite room to serve tea.
Regina music box, which went out of style after Thomas Edison invented the phonograph.
A portrait of Robert E. Lee.
The Lee Suite.
On our second night at the Cedar Grove Mansion, we moved to the Sherman Room.
While not as ornate as the Grant Room, it is still beautifully appointed and we found it more comfortable –it was brighter and seemed… to be frank, less haunted.
The wooden buffet in the right of this dining room is actually a metal safe hidden in plain sight. It’s said that this was how the Kleins kept their wealth while so many of their neighbors lost theirs.
A view of the Mississippi River from the top of the mansion.
Back entrance of the mansion.
The Kleins had 10 children, 4 of whom died from childhood diseases. These are their original graves. They were reburied years later in the city cemetery next to their mother.
We ate in the restaurant for breakfast and dinner. The food was delicious, the alcohol very strong.
A traditional southern breakfast of grits.
This Mint Julep could probably peel the paint off the walls.
Cedar Grove Mansion Inn Overview
- Address: 2200 Oak St, Vicksburg, MS 39180
- Website: cedargroveinn.com