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.
Claiborne County Sites on the National Register of Historic Places
Catledge Archeological Site--Alcorn
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
Drake Hill Historic District--Port Gibson
Golden West Cemetery--Port Gibson
Grand Gulf Military State Park--Port Gibson
Jewish Cemetery--Port Gibson
Market Street-Suburb Saint Mary Historic District--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 Site--Port Gibson
Wintergreen Cemetery--Port Gibson
Centers Creek Mound--Russum
Owens Creek Bridge--Utica
John Nelson Site--Willows
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