(ODD)yssey

A visit to Longwood, Natchez’s unfinished antebellum jewel

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.

Click here to read a story I wrote for It’s a Southern Thing.

The front entry on the main level of Longwood in Natchez, Miss. (Photo by Wil Elrick | Permission Required)

The original finial from the top of the home’s dome is displayed on the main level of Longwood in Natchez, Miss. It was replaced with a replica. (Photo by Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
The main level of Longwood in Natchez, Miss. Architectural drawings show plans for the upper floors. (Photo by Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
The main level of Longwood in Natchez, Miss. Architectural drawings show plans for the upper floors. (Photo by Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
Looking up, inside Longwood in Natchez, Miss. (Photo by Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
Longwood in Natchez, Miss. (Photo by Kelly Kazek | Permission Required)
Looking into the dome of Longwood in Natchez, Miss. (Photo by Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
Longwood in Natchez, Miss. (Photo by Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
Architectural drawing for Longwood in Natchez, Miss. (Photo by Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
Longwood in Natchez, Miss. (Photo by Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
Longwood in Natchez, Miss. (Photo by Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
Longwood in Natchez, Miss. (Photo by Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
The niche in the brick above was one of several that were to hold valuable marble statues. (Photo by Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
Longwood in Natchez, Miss. (Photo by Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
Longwood in Natchez, Miss. (Photo by Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
Longwood in Natchez, Miss. (Photo by Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
The cemetery at Longwood. (Photo by Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
The cemetery at Longwood. (Photo by Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
The cemetery at Longwood. (Photo by Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
The cemetery at Longwood. (Photo by Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
Longwood, Natchez, Miss. (Photo by Kelly Kazek | Permission Required)
The Nutt family cemetery at the Longwood estate in Natchez, Miss. (Photo by Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
The cemetery at Longwood. (Photo by Wil Elrick | Permission Required)
Longwood, Natchez, Miss. (Photo by Kelly Kazek | Permission Required)

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