From Sunday, July 21 through Friday, July 26, Sweetums and I drove 2,150 miles from Huntsville, Alabama, to Fort Worth, Texas, and back again.Some of you followed along on social media but I promised more detailed posts on all our stops. It will take a few weeks to get to them all. I am planning to post in order of the trip. The map is below. Most sites will be included in my upcoming Guide to Southern Oddities. Meanwhile, check out my personal Facebook page or Kelly Kazek’s Weird South or Instagram.
Road Trip Stop No. 4:
Longwood Mansion in Natchez, Miss.
Longwood is a huge octagonal antebellum mansion located in Natchez, Miss. Being octagonal is unusual, of course, but even more unusual is the home’s unfinished state.
The octagonal home was begun in 1858 by Haller Nutt. The exterior and basement were completed when the Civil War began and the family lived in the basement beneath six unfinished stories.
Today, the home is preserved in its unfinished state. Visitors can see the furnished basement floor (although we could not take photos there) and the main floor, which was unfinished. Although we could see up into the upper floors, we were not allowed to walk up there for safety reasons.