Port Gibson, Mississippi: The Windsor Ruins

Towering columns nearly lost in the woods, all that remain of the largest antebellum plantation house in Mississippi.

The Windsor Ruins

Hwy 522, Port Gibson, MS
Natchez Trace Pkwy exit onto Hwy 552. Drive west (toward Alcorn) for exactly ten miles. You'll see a small "Windsor Ruins" sign on the right side of the road; turn onto that dirt road and drive to the Ruins.
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Windsor ruins. The Windsor Ruins

So worth it! On Rodney Road. The GPS said I had arrived at my destination, but you have to keep going. In the middle of nowhere, but there is a sign.

[Ricki, 07/05/2013]
The Windsor Ruins

We visited the ruins in October of 2011. As previously stated, use a restroom prior to your visit! Slightly hard to find as the area is heavily wooded. Worth a visit if you enjoy history, the sheer size is awe inspiring. There's a lot of trash scattered around; apparently the local kids use this area to drink and do other things... Would be a beautiful place with some landscaping and trash cleanup.

[Cassidi McCollum, 01/04/2013]
Windsor ruins. The Windsor Ruins

Great stop, columns and countryside, nice place to bring a lunch to....

[Jared, 11/14/2012]
Windsor Ruins. The Windsor Ruins

Really one of the coolest places. Most photos do not give a good scale. This place was huge. Be sure to use a bathroom before starting your journey as there are no facilities of any kind. A small placard on the east side of the road was the only indication of the Windsor Ruins.

[VGulley, 08/27/2012]
Windsor Ruins. Windsor Ruins

Windsor Ruins started as a grand mansion built in 1861 by cotton plantation businessman Smith Coffee Daniell II, who died within weeks of its completion. His wife and children lived there and survived the Civil War. A fire on February 17, 1890 destroyed the 23 room structure, leaving only the columns and the ironwork. Daniell family descendants donated Windsor Ruins to the State of Mississippi in 1974.

A flight of metal stairs found intact is now at Oakland Chapel at Alcorn State University.

[Laura, 04/07/2008]

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