The second stop on our Tour of the South was Natchez, Mississippi. Natchez is truly a beautiful and most unusual city. There are at least a dozen antebellum mansions in this city that overlooks the great Mississippi River. This is where the plantation owners had their city homes. The rich plantation owners competed with one another to have the most beautiful mansion in town.
I’m not going to go into the history of all the homes, but we are lucky that these homes were not destroyed in the Civil War. Thankfully Natchez was spared the devastation that most of the south experienced at the hands of the Union troops.
We were lucky enough to stay at one of the most beautiful mansions, Dunlieth.
This magnificent building is shaped like an octagon. It was started right before the Civil War, and unfortunately the family lost most of their money and assets during the war (even though they sided with the North). They never got their wealth back; therefore, the house was never completely finished. Only the basement floor is complete. If is fascinating to see the construction of the upper levels that were left unfinished.
Here are a few more photos from Natchez.