Port Gibson, Mississippi

Historic Church Street

US Route 61 goes through the middle of Port Gibson on Historic Church Street. The street is lined with live oak trees and antebellum church buildings and homes.

There are plans to expand US Route 61 through Port Gibson on Church Street. If this is done the live oak trees and the historic buildings will be in jeapardy. To learn more about this please see the Port Gibson Heritage Trust website.

More of Port Gibson

A few more pictures of Port Gibson.

Windsor Ruins

Just a few miles down Rodney Road from Port Gibson lies the ruins of Windsor.

Built in 1859-61 by Smith Daniell who only lived in the large mansion for a few weeks before he died. The Windsor plantation once sprawled over 2,600 acres. Legend says that from a roof observatory, Mark Twain watched the Mississippi River in the distance.

A Yankee soldier was shot in the front doorway of the home. During the Civil War the mansion was used as a Union hospital and observation post, thus sparing it from being burned by Union troops.

However, after the Civil War, during a house party on February 17, 1890 a guest left a lighted cigar on the upper balcony and Windsor burned to the ground. Everything was destroyed except 23 of the columns, balustrades and iron stairs.

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