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.
Burned down in 1890 by some jerk of a guest who left a lit cigar burning on the balcony, the Windsor Ruins, back then known as the Windsor Plantation, has an interesting history. During the American Civil War, the mansion was used by both sides of the war as an observation platform, signal station, and a hospital. After the Civil War, it was a gathering place for figures who are well known today, like Mark Twain.
These pillars have been featured in several films like Raintree Country and Ghosts of Mississippi.
Windsor Ruins Overview
- Coordinates: 31.9405684,-91.1295158
- Fees: FREE
- Usage: Moderate
- Hours: 8am – 7:30pm
- Getting there: Natchez Trace Pkwy exit onto Hwy 552. Drive west (toward Alcorn) for 10 miles. There is a small “Windsor Ruins” sign on the right side of the road.
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