Hey guys, Katie here from The Mississippi Experience. I’m super excited to be collaborating with Thimblepress® to share my adventures across Mississippi with you! I started The Mississippi Experience in 2012 when I realized that so many Mississippians were unaware of what our lovely state had to offer. So I made a list and started my journey traveling around the state in order to bring light to the fun things you can do in Mississippi if you just get out and go!
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Our most recent adventure was to the Windsor Ruins, located on the outskirts of Port Gibson. Built in the mid 1800’s, the house was the largest plantation of its time. The mansion was four stories tall with 25 bedrooms and an observation tower at the top. Once the Civil War had started, both Confederate and Union soldiers occupied the mansion in order to nurse wounded soldiers and use the observation tower to keep an eye on the enemy. The mansion survived the Civil War, but was later burned to the ground by the drop of a single cigarette.
WINDSOR PLANTATION SKETCH BY UNION OFFICER IN THE 1800'S
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As we walked along the grounds, we listened to the birds sing and the wind blow through the trees, imagining what it must have been like in its heyday. It has even been said that Mark Twain would go sit in the observation tower to watch the river and write.
Most people tend to make the trip, look at the ruins and then leave, but where’s the fun in that? We threw a blanket down on the grass nearby and pulled out our picnic basket with a quick lunch. We wanted to just hang out for a little bit and enjoy this lovely piece of antebellum architecture. Just make sure to bring bug spray- the mosquitoes are killer!
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