Places to Visit


Windsor Ruins 

Approximately fourteen miles southwest of Port Gibson, Mississippi stand the stark ruins of Windsor.  Smith Coffee Daniel II completed construction of Windsor in 1861 and ironically died only weeks after its completion.  The mansion survived the Civil War only to be destroyed by accidental fire on February 17, 1890.  All was lost except for the columns and the ironwork.  One flight of metal stairs from Windsor is now installed at Oakland Chapel on the campus of nearby Alcorn State University.



These stately columns are all that remain of Windsor, one of the most magnificent homes in the antebellum South. Windsor, the home of Smith Coffee Daniell, II, a wealthy planter, was built between 1859-1861.


 Windsor survived the war and became a prominent landmark along the Mississippi River. Mark Twain wrote of its elegance in Life on the Mississippi. But its elegance did not last for Windsor was destroyed by fire in 1890 when a party guest threw a lit cigarette into a waste basket. Windsor ruins were later immortalized by Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Cliff in the film "Raintree County."


The panoramic graphic at the top of this site was made by Ann Geoghegan from an artist rendering of what Windsor probably looked like and another drawing of the columns remaining today.


Grand Gulf State Park



Claiborne County Sites on the National Register of Historic Places


Bethel Presbyterian Church--Alcorn


Canemount--Alcorn


Catledge Archeological Site--Alcorn


Oakland Chapel--Alcorn


Smithfield Site--Bruinsburg


Alcorn State University Historic District--Lorman


Bayou Pierre Site--Port Gibson


Buena Vista Cotton Gin--Port Gibson

Building at 801 Chinquepin Street--Port Gibson


Catholic Cemetery--Port Gibson


Chamberlain-Hunt Academy Historic District--Port Gibson


Claremont--Port Gibson


Collina--Port Gibson

Drake Hill Historic District--Port Gibson


Golden West Cemetery--Port Gibson


Grand Gulf Military State Park--Port Gibson


Hollyrood--Port Gibson


Idlewild--Port Gibson


Jewish Cemetery--Port Gibson


Market Street-Suburb Saint Mary Historic District--Port Gibson


McGregor--Port Gibson

Old Brickyard Place--Port Gibson


Old Depot Restaraunt and Lounge--Port Gibson


Old Natchez Trace (132-3T)--Port Gibson


Port Gibson Battlefield--Port Gibson


Port Gibson Oil Works Mill Building--Port Gibson


Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church--Port Gibson


Van Dorn House--Port Gibson

Widow`s Creek Bridge--Port Gibson


Windsor Ruins--Port Gibson


Windsor Site--Port Gibson


Wintergreen Cemetery--Port Gibson


Centers Creek Mound--Russum


Owens Creek Bridge--Utica  


John Nelson Site--Willows  


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