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Historic Homes

Natchez is fortunate to have the great number of historic structures that remained untouched during the plight of the South.

History in Natchez is not just a word, or something you read about in books. Here, history lives.

It lives in our traditions, our heritage – and it lives the structures that line our city streets. We invite you to experience this history first hand as you explore some of the most well preserved and architecturally stunning historic homes in the American South.  Natchez is fortunate to have the great number of historic structures that remained untouched during the plight of the South.  There are 1,000 plus structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and about a dozen of those are actually designated as National Historic Landmarks.

Cruise through the categories in this section of our website and you’ll quickly see that Natchez is a place that just has to be put on your “must visit” list, and you’ll also see that you need to plan at least a three night stay.

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1888 Wensel House

206 Washington Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 445-8577
Region: Downtown | Type: Historic Homes

Another charming Natchez bed and breakfast, located in the heart of the business and historic districts. It's an ideal location to set out on foot to walk around town and the surrounding historic neighborhoods. A fantastic view of the river from the bluff is just a block and a half from the Wensel House. The house and guest rooms are all furnished with period antiques.

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Airlie

9 Elm Street
Natchez, MS 39120
Type: Historic Homes

Originally known as Belvidere, Airlie is one of Natchez' earliest constructed homes, built around 1793. Airlie is perched on a choice, secluded site in the northern part of town. A gallery fronts the historic home and is supported by chamfered posts which are uncommon for plantation homes, yet provide ample support for the length of the house front. The name was changed to Airlie by the Aylette Buckner family, who purchased the antebellum home in 1832. The Buckner's did extensive remodeling to the interior in the Greek revival style, and the home remained in the Buckner family until the last descendant passed away in the late 1980's. Airlie is only open to the public during pilgrimage in either Spring or Fall, and although you can drive by the house, viewing is difficult because of the wooded surroundings. You can park on Myrtle Avenue which intersects with Elm St., and Airlie's circular drive is just beyond the intersection.

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Auburn

400 Duncan Avenue
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 442-5981
Type: Historic Homes

Auburn is one of Natchez' 13 National Landmarks, as well as listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic home was designed by architect Levi Weeks for a wealthy attorney and planter by the name of Lyman Harding. The antebellum home was constructed in 1812 and purchased in 1827 by Dr. Stephen Duncan, who was regarded by historians as the world's largest cotton grower in the 1850's. In 1911, Duncan's heirs deeded Auburn and the surrounding acreage to the city of Natchez for use as a public park.

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Banker's House

107 S. Canal Street
Natchez, MS 39120
Type: Historic Homes

The Bankers house draws its name from having been attached to the rear of what was once The Natchez Commercial Bank, allowing pass through access for the banks president from his residence. The historic home was added to the rear of the bank in 1838. The bank faced Main St. while the residence faced Canal St. The antebellum home is finished in stucco, yet scored to resemble stone like that of the bank's facade, and is fronted by a classically correct Doric portico.

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Bisland House

404 S. Commerce Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 304-5806
Type: Historic Homes

This 1904 Colonial Revival is a architectural combination of both Victorian and Greek Revival. Built at the turn of the century, both styles are present throughout the historic home. It is originally the home of Hulda Rawle Bisland, granddaughter of Frederick Stanton of Stanton Hall, and her husband Douglas Starke Bisland. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes.

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Bontura

107 S. Broadway Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 446-6108
Type: Historic Homes

Bontura, also known as the Smith-Bontura-Evans House, was built in the early 1850's for Robert Smith, a free black businessman of Natchez. Nearly half of Mississippi's free black population lived in Natchez, and Smith's historic home is one of two surviving Greek Revival houses built for substantial free black citizens. Almost as large as the two-story brick front is the two-story rear section where arched openings provided wide entrances for Smith's taxi business. If you're driving along the bluff down Broadway Street, you must stop and take a look at this beautiful example of fine Greek Revival architecture.

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Burn, The

712 N. Union Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 442-1344
Region: Downtown | Type: Historic Homes

The Burn was constructed in 1834 for planter, merchant, and Natchez mayor John P. Walworth by the contracting firm of Montgomery and Keyes, who also built the West Wing and West Kitchen at Jefferson College located in nearby Washington, MS. The exterior of this historic home is beautifully elaborated with paneled columns at the corners, fluted round columns on the central portico, and a compled enriched Greek Doric entablature. The Burn is often on tour during Fall or Spring Pilgrimage and operates as a bed and breakfast as well.

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Cherokee

217 High Street
Natchez, MS 39120
Type: Historic Homes

Perched high above the streets below, Cherokee took quite a few years to complete, with construction beginning in 1794 and ending in 1810. Clearly one of the older structures in the garden district, Cherokee is unusually elegant for a home built this early. It is also listed on the walking tour as it's located in a block which is in close proximity to a number of other historic houses. The privately owned home is on either the Fall or Spring Pilgrimage tours on occasion.

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Choctaw

310 N. Wall St.
Natchez, Mississippi 39120
Type: Historic Homes

Choctaw, built in 1836, is a classic example of Greek Revival architecture that seems to just rise up from nowhere, yet sits largely but gently in the heart of the historic district. As you approach it from the river side of town, you don't even realize it's there until you turn the corner and find yourself looking up at this beautiful, stately mansion. The house is fronted with massive pillars and the house seems to be the watchman of the entire neighborhood. The house is sometimes included in the Fall or Spring Pilgrimages but can always be viewed during a walking or driving tour.

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Cottage Gardens

816 Myrtle Avenue
Natchez, MS 39120
Region: Downtown | Type: Historic Homes

A rare survival of Natchez' early period, this house incorporates the home of Spanish Consul Don Jose Vidal. The interior is distinguished by the rare suspended stair and an exceptional collection of mid-18th century rococo American, Irish, and English antiques. The courtyard is beautifully landscaped. Home of Mr. and Mrs. Jerold D. Krouse. Listed on the National Register.

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D'Evereux

170 D'Evereux Drive
Natchez, MS 39120
Type: Historic Homes

According to the National Register nomination form, "Perfection of proportion and academic rendering of its structural and decorative detail make D'Evereux one of the outstanding examples of the Greek Revival style." D'Evereux is one of the first residential structures constructed in Natchez with a full-length monumental, two story portico; the white columned look that would be stereotyped as southern architecture in later years. D'Evereux also marks the first appearance of a cupola in Natchez residential architecture. Add this to your driving tour of "Must See" attractions.

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Dr. Dubs Townhouse

311 N. Pearl Street
Natchez, MS 39120
Type: Historic Homes

Dr. Charles H. Dubs, a Natchez Dentist from Philadelphia, built this Greek Revival townhouse in 1852. The brickwork in the home retains its original mortar, and the bricks were lain with finely shaped mortar joints in an all stretcher bond so that no brick ended visible. Something you'll just have to inspect up close and personally. The rear wing was added as servants quarter in 1854. The home is privately owned by William Carl and the late Sarah McGehee, and not open for tour, but you can hear more about the structure and its builder on the 45 minute narrated carriage tour of the historic district.

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Dunleith Historic Inn

84 Homochitto Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 446-8500
Type: Historic Homes

Dunleith is listed as a National Historic Landmark and the only house in Mississippi that is completely encircled by a colossal colonnade. The home was constructed in 1856 as the "in town" villa of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dahlgren. The house was given its current name about the time of the Civil War by its second owner, Alfred Vidal Davis, but was previously called Routhland by the Dahlgren family. The house is privately owned and serves as an Inn as well as a Destination Wedding venue. It is open daily for tour and tickets may be purchased onsite or at the Natchez Visitor Reception Center.

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Elgin Plantation

1 Elgin Plantation Road
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 446-6100
Type: Historic Homes

This modest but expansive expression of the Greek Revival style was created between 1840 and 1855 by Dr. John Carmichael Jenkins, a Pennsylvania native who came to Natchez, married the granddaughter of William Dunbar, a wealthy planter and amateur scientist, and established himself at Elgin as a planter, a medical doctor, and a nationally known horticulturist. Elgin is often on tour during either the Fall or Spring Pilgrimage season, but not open daily as it is a private home.

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Elms Court

542 John R. Junkin Drive
Natchez, MS 39120
Type: Historic Homes

Elms Court is one of the most outstanding suburban villa residences in Natchez. Construction on the two-story center portion of the Greek Revival structure was begun around 1836. In 1895, James Surget bought Elms Court from relatives and presented it to his daughter, Carlotta, as a wedding gift when she married David McKittrick, whose descendants still occupy the home. Elms Court is often on tour during either the Spring or Fall Pilgrimages.

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Elms, The

801 Washington Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 445-5979
Type: Historic Homes

The Elms dates back to the late 1700's and is the result of at least three distinct building stages that have combined to produce a residence that is one of the most picturesque eclectic dwellings in the entire South. In 1804, is was the home of John Henderson, a Scotchman who immigrated to Natchez in 1787 and wrote the first book published in the Natchez territory. The Elms has been carefully preserved by descendants of the Drak family since 1869. The home is open for tour during the Fall or Spring Pilgrimages. For more details on touring the home, visit www.natchezpilgrimage.com

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Elward House

612 Washington Street
Natchez, MS 39120
Region: Downtown | Type: Historic Homes

This modest historic residence was the home of Richard Elward, a book-binder and Natchez newspaper editor. Set close to the street on a corner of a lot encircled by a palisade fence, the brick cottage is distinguished by the high quality of its exterior, Greek Revival style woodwork. You can find it while strolling through the garden district of town and it's side faces that of Greenleaves.

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Glen Auburn

300 S. Commerce Street
Natchez, MS 39120
Type: Historic Homes

Glen Auburn sits authoritatively atop a knoll in the heart of Natchez and seems to consume every other structure in its immediate surroundings. Its architectural style, though basically considered Greek Revival, is somewhat different from many other of Natchez' majestic mansions, and it's a delight to behold either on a walking or carriage tour.

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Glenburnie

551 John R. Junkin Drive
Natchez, MS 39120
Type: Historic Homes

Glenburnie was built as the residence of attorney Sturges Sprague and his wife Frances on property she acquired in 1833. the Spragues probably built their Federal Style house the same year that construction of the Agricultural Bank (now Britton and Koontz Bank) introduced the Greek revival style to Natchez. The home is often included in either Fall or Spring Pilgrimage tours.

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Glenfield Plantation

6 Glenfield Lane
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 442-1002
Type: Historic Homes

A cottage of two sections, Spanish and English Gothic, Glenfield Plantation is still surrounded by the original Spanish land grant. The home features double hallways, a unique inside window and a Civil War bullet hole in the front door. National Register.

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Gloucester

201 Lower Woodville Road
Natchez, MS 39120
Type: Historic Homes

Gloucester is a unique architectural achievement, based on a complicated series of changes that incorporated several local building traditions and raised them to new heights of sophistication. The floor plan of the planter's house, one room deep with cabinet rooms, has been combined with the form of the Natchez mansion, with its colossal-columned front portico and rear gallery. It was constructed after the property was acquired by Samuel Young in 1803. The home is often open for tour during either Spring or Fall Pilgrimage. To learn more about the Pilgrimage seasons, visit www.natchezpilgrimage.com

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Governor Holmes House

207 S. Wall Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 445-7265
Type: Historic Homes

The Governor Holmes House takes its name from former owner Governor David Holmes, having lived in it when he was territorial governor and when he became the first Mississippi governor upon the state's admission to the Union in December 1817.

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Green Leaves

303 S. Rankin Street
Natchez, MS 39120
Type: Historic Homes

Green Leaves was constructed in 1838 as the residence of Edward P. Forniquet and is one of the most richly detailed Greek Revival houses in Natchez. An enriched Doric portico shelters the entrance doorway which opens into a lavishly trimmed hallway. The four doorways of the central hall are framed by flat columns or pilasters supporting overhanging cornices, all richly molded. Green Leaves is one of the great Natchez houses where succeeding generations of a single family have carefully preserved important architectural and interior decoration dating to before the Civil War. In 1849, the house was purchased by George W. Koontz who, in partnership with William Audley Britton, established Britton & Koontz Bank of Natchez. Descendants of Koontz still occupy the home and the original furnishings are still in place.

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Greenlea

211 S. Wall Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 446-7053
Type: Historic Homes

Greenlea, with its Doric portico and fluted columns, is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in Natchez. Exceptionally fine brick work and original geometric garden are enhanced by landscaping added by the present owners. National Register.

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Griffith-McComas House

301 S. Wall Street
Natchez, MS 39120
Type: Historic Homes

The Griffith-McComas House stands in what is probably the earliest developed sections of Natchez, as it dates back into the late 18th century; circa 1793. It is an outstanding example of Federal Style architecture, with a classic arrangement of asymmetrical windows and doors, tucked into full length galleries on the ground and top floor. The home is privately owned and not open for tour at any time, but can be viewed either by walking or riding by.

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Hawthorne

138 Lower Woodville Road
Natchez, MS 39120
Type: Historic Homes

Hawthorne is the epitome of Federal Style architecture, but distinguished by the marked contrast between the small scale of its cottage-like exterior. This home has features that are unique to it and it's rooms and main hallway are surprisingly spacious. Hawthorne can be toured during Spring or Fall Pilgrimages.

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Historic Oak Hill Inn

409 S. Rankin Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 446-2500
Region: Near Downtown | Type: Historic Homes

Blending both Federal and Greek Revival elements, this historic home features a unique window placement which creates updrafts for natural air conditioning. Empire period furnishings, a large collection of Old Paris porcelain, Zuber wallpaper and historical handmade textiles. National Register.

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Holly Hedges

203 Washington St.
Natchez, MS 39120
Type: Historic Homes

Holly Hedges was one of the earliest homes built in the developing City of Natchez, circa 1796, when John Scott, a carpenter at the Spanish fort, was granted the property with the stipulation that he allow no bull fighting in the side yard. It is not clear that the house which stands upon the lot today was built by Scott in 1796 or in 1818 by Edward Turner when he acquired the property. An 1835 landscape painting of the area illustrates the house as it looks today, after its enlargement by a rear addition with two distinctive gable roofs. The house is not open for tour year round but can be viewed on a walking, driving or carriage tour from the street. It will, on occasion, be open for tour during Spring or Fall Pilgrimage.

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Hope Farm

147 Homochitto Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 445-4848
Type: Historic Homes

Hope Farm is often included on the Fall and Spring Pilgrimage Tours. Once the home of the Spanish Governor, Hope Farm was built in the 1770's and rests on 15 acres in the Historic District of Natchez. It is truly one of the city's finest examples of a plantation home.

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J.N. Stone House Musicale B&B

804 Washington Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 897-0315
Type: Historic Homes

Unique for its origins as a billiard hall for The Elms and for its fenestrated pocket doors, the house was built by the sons of David Stanton, whose brother built Stanton Hall. The home has remained in the same family since 1877 and is listed on the National Register.

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Lansdowne

17 Marshall Road
Natchez, MS 39120
Type: Historic Homes

Lansdowne is a modest Greek Revival style residence, a beautifully preserved document of mid-nineteenth-century taste in architecture and interior decoration. According to family tradition, Lansdowne was constructed in 1853 for George M. Marshall and his wife Charlotte, whose descendants still occupy the house today. The home is often available for tour during the Spring or Fall Pilgrimage seasons.

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Linden

1 Linden Place
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 445-5472
Type: Historic Homes

The Conner/ Feltus Family has owned Linden for 6 generations. The design of our front door was copied for Tara's front door in Gone With The Wind. Linden's main house dates back to 1790, the east wing was added in 1818, the west wing in 1849, making ours one of the oldest, and most fascinating historic antebellum homes on tour in Natchez. Linden is open for tour Wednesday-Saturday 11a -3:30 p.m.

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Magnolia Hall

215 S. Pearl Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 442-6672
Type: Historic Homes

Construction on Magnolia Hall is believed to have begun in 1858, as the residence of Thomas Henderson, a Natchez native who became a wealthy cotton broker and merchant. The house was built on the site of the Henderson family home, Pleasant Hill, which was moved one block south to free the lot for the grander, more modern home. The name of the house was inspired by the plaster magnolia blossoms incorporated into the design of the parlor ceiling centerpieces. It was restored by the Natchez Garden Club as a house museum and is operated by the club today.

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Melrose

1 Melrose-Montebello Parkway
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 446-5790
Type: Historic Homes

One of 13 National Historic Landmarks in Natchez, Melrose is one of the best preserved and most significant historic sites in the entire South. The Greek Revival mansion was constructed circa 1845 for Pennsylvania native and Natchez attorney John T. McMurran. The home is operated by the Natchez National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior, and open daily for tour. Tickets may be purchased at The Natchez Visitor Center or at the home.

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Monmouth Historic Inn

36 Melrose Avenue
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 442-5852
Region: Near Downtown | Type: Historic Homes

Monmouth Historic Inn is one of the most monumental mansions in Natchez. The masculine strength of its design reflects both the forceful character of its most famous owner, General and subsequent Governor John A. Quitman, and the power of the Greek Revival style he chose for its ca. 1853 remodeling. The home was built about 1818 for John Hankinson, an early Natchez postmaster who was a native of Monmouth County, New Jersey. Quitman, then a Natchez attorney, purchased the home in 1826. Daily 10 AM tour of the historic property may be purchased at the home.

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Montaigne

200 Liberty Road
Natchez, MS 39120
Type: Historic Homes

Montaigne was built in 1855 as the residence of William T. Martin, Natchez attorney and one of Mississippi's highest ranking Confederate generals. Described by a former slave as one of the most honorable mend he had ever met, Martin was a tremendous advocate of re-settling slaves in Africa. This stately home with an Italianate flair, was designed by Cincinnati architect, James McClure. Monteigne is open during Spring or Fall Pilgrimage.

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Myrtle Terrace

310 N. Pearl St.
Natchez, Mississippi 39120
Type: Historic Homes

Myrtle Terrace is a favorite of visitors who take the 45 minute narrated carriage tour through the historic district. The house was sold in 1851, to famed riverboat Captain, Thomas P. Leathers. The house was built in 1844 by Nathaniel Loomis Carpenter, who also built Dunleith, and the house was not quite completed when the deed changed hands with the captain. The unique feature of the home is the gallery that runs the length of the front of the house, it's an unusual ten feet deep. The slender columns that front the gallery are associated with the earlier Federal Style, and contrast with the large scale of the house and the bold, broad Greek Revival trim around the front doorway. The house derives its name from the three terrace that it rests atop, and the crepe myrtle trees that adorn the lawn and neutral ground in front along the street. If you want to learn the fate of the famed riverboat captain, you'll just have to take the carriage tour where the colorful story is revealed. It is now a private home and is not open for tour any time of the year.

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Pleasant Hill

310 S. Pearl Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 442-7674
Type: Historic Homes

Built by cotton merchant and planter John Henderson in 1835. His son Thomas moved the house one block south, using log rollers and oxen on 1858 on order to build Magnolia Hall. National Register.

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Richmond

Government Fleet Road
Natchez, MS 39120
Type: Historic Homes

Richmond is one of the great Natchez mansions where succeeding generations of the same family have preserved not only the house but also the outstanding interior Empire and Rococo Revival furnishings. The home is not open for tour except during either Fall or Spring Pilgrimage. Visit www.natchezpilgrimage.com to see if the home will be on tour during your stay.

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Routhland

131 Winchester Road
Natchez, MS 39120
Type: Historic Homes

Routhland has undergone many remodelings since its construction and it exhibits characteristics of the Federal, Greek, and Italianate styles. The house was built as a Federal style cottage, with a central hall and two rooms to each side. The original, delicately molded woodwork survives in the rooms right of the entrance. The home is open for tour during either the Fall or Spring Pilgrimage seasons. Visit www.natchezpilgrimage.com to see if Routhland is open for tour during your stay in Natchez.

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Shields Town House

701 N. Union Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 442-7680
Type: Historic Homes

Another one of Natchez's fine Greek Revival-style homes opens its guest rooms to visitors. The home was built around 1860 and features Italianate details like columns atop pedestals, arched doorway panels, and an arched window in the pediment of the portico. The Shields Townhouse can often be toured during the Spring or Fall Pilgrimage seasons.

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Stanton Hall

400 High Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 442-6282
Region: Downtown | Type: Historic Homes

When you first get a glimpse of Stanton Hall, it will boggle your mind to know that builder, Dr. Frederick Stanton, paid a mere $83,000 to build this opulent, Greek Revival style mansion, which occupies an entire city block. Dr. Stanton was an Irish immigrant and he'd originally named the house Belfast, for obvious reasons. In addition to being a family physician, Stanton was a wealthy planter and cotton merchant. The house was built in 1857 and is noted for its scale, outstanding marble mantles, and large pier mirrors that give the double parlors infinite appeal. For a brief time, the house was home to Stanton College for young ladies and the name was then changed to Stanton Hall. Today the house is owned and maintained by the Pilgrimage Garden Club. You can learn more about Stanton Hall when you take the tour, or as you pass by in a horse-drawn carriage tour. Please visit the website link above to learn more about the home and how to purchase tour tickets.

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Texada

222 S. Wall Street
Natchez, MS 39120
Type: Historic Homes

Texada (pronounced Teh-ha-da), is located in the old "Spanish Quarter" area of Natchez. According to an 1856 newspaper article, the home was the first brick building constructed in the city. The main living quarters are located on the upper floor, and is highlighted by the deep galley in the rear of the house, which overlooks a brick courtyard and the quarters built for the house servants. Texada is often open during either the Spring or Fall Pilgrimage seasons, and visitors are treated to a living history tour by actors as opposed to standard tour guides.

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The Gardens

35 Cemetery Road
Natchez, MS 39120
Type: Historic Homes

The Cottages is a fine example of a Plantation Style home, accented by a deep porch which fronts the entire home. The home is open from time to time during the Spring or Fall Pilgrimages, but can be viewed from the road for those wanting to get a closer look.

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The John Smith House

212 N. Pearl Street
Natchez, MS 39120
Type: Historic Homes

The John Smith house is located in the historic district of Natchez and visitors can learn the significance of this Federal Style cottage while taking a narrated carriage tour through downtown.

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Towers, The

801 Myrtle Avenue
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 446-6890
Type: Historic Homes

The Towers is located on the north end of Natchez and rests on close to five beautifully landscaped acres. The Towers is one of Natchez' most opulent antebellum homes, surrounded by majestic oak trees planted long before the War Between the States. This wonderful Italianate home accommodates exceptional period pieces and unique collections rarely seen anywhere, including antique furniture, draperies, laces, beaded purses, Moser glass, chandeliers, bronze garden sculptures and more. National Register.

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Twin Oaks

71 Homochitto Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 445-0338
Type: Historic Homes

A classic Greek Revival home, Twin Oaks is one of Natchez' premier historic properties. It is a one and a half story home, and gains distinction from the imposing, temple-like portico that protrudes from the facade. Twin Oaks is often open for tour during the Fall or Spring Pilgrimages, but as it is a privately owned home, not open for tour daily.

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Weymouth Hall

1 Cemetery Road
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 445-2304
Type: Historic Homes

This grand, Greek Revival house rests on the highest peak of the Natchez, revealing breathtaking views of the Mighty Mississippi.

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Wigwam

307 Oak Street
Natchez, MS 39120
Type: Historic Homes

The Wigwam was built just before the Civil War, as an addition to the front of a large cottage dating to about 1836. It's Italianate front porch is flanked by projected wings so as to create an entrance loggia. The main room in the Western wing is noted for its painted ceiling, divided into geometric spaces, each further elaborated with painted moldings, foliage, and flowers. The home is on either the Fall or Spring Pilgrimage Tours from time to time, so check with Natchez Pilgrimage Tours at www.natchezpilgrimage.com to see if it is available for tour during your time in Natchez.

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William Johnson House, The

210 State Street
Natchez, MS 39120
P: (601) 445-5345
Type: Historic Homes

William Johnson was a free man of color in antebellum Natchez. He acquired several building in Natchez, approximately 2,000 acres of land south of town and he owned several slaves. He gained the respect of leading citizens of the time, some of whom he loaned money to, and local papers eulogized him after his untimely death. William Johnson kept a diary for almost sixteen years, from 1835 until his death in 1851. It is the lengthiest and most detailed personal narrative authored by an African American during the antebellum era in the United States. Johnson's diary evolved into an extraordinary record of social, economic, and political life in his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, as seen through the eyes of a free man of color. Johnson covers everything from the mundane like Johnson's search for a lost cow to the momentous such as former president Andrew Jackson's visit to Natchez. Operated by the National Park Service, William Johnson's House is open seven days a week from 9:00am-4:30 p.m. and is free to the public. It contains a bookstore, exhibit room and fully furnished recreated living quarters.

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