Near Port Gibson in Claiborne County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Windsor's basic style was Greek Revival but with added details borrowed from Italianate and Gothic architecture. The house contained 23 rooms, with an above-ground basement, two residential floors, and an attic. The ell-shaped extension on the east side, attached to a single row of columns extending from the main square, contained the kitchen, pantry, and dining room. Rainwater stored in large tanks in the attic supplied two bathrooms. A cupola, from which the Mississippi River could be viewed, was centered on top of the roof.
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
Descendants of the Daniell family donated Windsor Ruins to the State of Mississippi in 1974. Today the site is administered by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made Features • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series list.
Location. 31° 56.447′ N, 91° 7.776′ W. Marker is near Port Gibson, Mississippi, in Claiborne County. Marker can be reached from Rodney Road (State Highway 552) 1.3 miles north of Rodney Westside Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is about 8.35 miles west of the town of Port Gibson (as the crow flies). Look for the sign that says "Ruins of Windsor State Historic Site." Turn here and follow the unpaved road to the site of Windsor Ruins. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Gibson MS 39150, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Windsor Mounds Battle of Port Gibson – Grant’s March (approx. 2.4 miles away); Battle of Port Gibson – The Battle (approx. 2.4 miles away); Bethel Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); Canemount Plantation (approx. 3.2 miles away); Oakland College (approx. 4˝ miles away); The Chapel (approx. 4˝ miles away); Alcorn Agricultural And Mechanical College (approx. 4˝ miles away).
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