Come and see for yourself why Windsor Ruins is the most photogramphed historic site in Mississippi. When Windsor Ruins was built by enslaved Mississippians just before the outbreak of the Civil War, it was the largest Greek Revival home in the South, no small feat in Antebellum Mississippi. This magnificant marvel was one of the last great homes built by enslaved African Americans before the Civil War. Legend has it that Windsor's massive size allowed Mark Twain to use it as a guide when he traversed on steamboats on the Mississippi "River. During the Battle of Port Gibson, the house was turned into a hospital by General U.S. Grant's Army. Although it was spared destruction by the Union Army, in 1890, a carelessly tossed cigarette did not spare the Windsor mansion, and so the legend of Windsor Ruins began. Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift were filmed on location at Windsor Ruins in the 1950's Civil War era classic, Raintree County.. The Ruins of Windsor must be seen in order to be absorbed into your own memory of your historic journey to Claiborne County, MS, THE PLACE WHERE THE VICKBURG CAMPAIGN BEGAN.
Hours OpenSunrise until Sunset daily
Time Period RepresentedCivil War and Reconstruction
Seasons OpenYear around
Located on historic Old Rodney Road, near Bruinsburg, the beginning of Grant's Trail, where General U.S. Grant crossed the Mississippi River to begin the Civil War's Vicksburg Campaign.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets should beware of resident alligators, bears, eagles, and wild hogs.