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Ahern's Belle of the Bends
This breathtaking Italianate mansion sits atop a bluff overlooking the
Mississippi River and is one of Mississippi's best preserved historical homes.
It showcases beautiful oval, arched woodwork and trim and intricate Bavarian
plaster and gold leaf crown moldings throughout. Four original chandeliers
and many original antiques adorn its interior.
http://www.belleofthebends.com/


Steele Cottage
Built in 1829, the home is more primitive than our picture of antebellum.
Constructed along a hillside, the downstairs was built of handmade brick
with the best plumbing available - an indoor cistern. Occupied by the
newspaper editor during the Siege of Vicksburg, the cottage gave up its
wallpaper for printing.
http://www.steelecottage.com


Duff Green
The lovely 3-story Duff Green Mansion was constructed by
skilled slave labor and was used as a hospital for Confederate and
Union solders during the Civil War.
http://www.duffgreenmansion.com


McNutt House
Governor Alexander McNutt's home prior to his becoming the State's
12th Governor is among the oldest residences in Vicksburg and is listed in the
National Register of Historic Places in addition to State and County
Historic Landmarks.
http://www.themcnutthouse.com

 



Featherston-Magruder House
One of the few surviving antebellum homes in the dead center of historic
Vicksburg, the Featherston-Magruder House is a magnificent example of an
Italianate Revival remodel of a classic Greek Revival architecture. The original
building, erected in 1831, was built by Richard Featherston, a planter and
school teacher, to put his family and the town's first school room all under the
same roof.  The Featherston family was a perfect example of early American
migration and its impact on the civil war.


McRaven Tour Home
Hear the fascinating and sometimes eerie stories about the people who once
called McRaven home. National Geographic Magazine has called it the
"time capsule of the South." Explore the architecture of three different time
periods: Frontier (1797), Empire (1836), and Greek Revival (1849).
https://www.mcraventourhome.com

 



Christ Episcopal Church

The cornerstone of Christ Episcopal Church was laid on April 19, 1830.
A simple structure of brick and mortar with wood framing complete with a
cast iron bell from Philadelphia. Bishop James Harvey Otey of Tennessee conducted
 the formal consecration ceremony on May 3, 1843.

Reverend W. W. Lord was rector in 1851 and despite constant bombardment
from Union gunboats during the Civil War, conducted daily church services.
The historical marker in front of the church offers all who come, a place to find,
at least for a short time, in all the turmoil, a sense of peace, some degree of sanctuary,
and maybe for a time not be afraid. 

 

 

Planters Hall
Planters’ Hall, circa 1834 originally housed a bank with the President's
living quarters on the second floor. A separate kitchen and carriage house
also occupy the property. The building was occupied by officers of the
28th Louisiana Regiment during the Vicksburg siege. In 1956 it was
acquired by the Vicksburg Council of Garden Clubs, Inc. and added to the
 National Register of Historic Places. Today it operates as a school.
Private Residence, No Web Site

Cedar Grove
John Alexander Klein, a planter and businessman, built this Greek Revival
style mansion for his 16-year-old bride. Klein bought many of the Italian
marble fireplaces, French empire gasoliers, Bohemian glass for the doorway,
towering gold leaf mirrors, exquisite clocks and paintings while in Europe on their
honeymoon. The mansion was completed in 1852. During the siege, the home experienced
bombardment by cannon. A cannon ball is still lodged in the parlor wall.
The house remained in tact mainly because it had been used as a Union hospital.
http://www.cedargroveinn.com



Church of the Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity Church was founded in 1869 by members of Vicksburg's
first Episcopal parish, Christ Church. Over the next decade, the congregation
worshipped regularly in the chapel while raising funds to build the new church.
In 1878, a yellow fever epidemic struck Vicksburg and three of the founding
members of Holy Trinity died. The building project was delayed six months
while the congregation mourned this loss. The congregation worshipped in the
new church building on March 28, 1880, and celebrated the completion of the
building and also installation of the first stained glass windows. The church building
was finally consecrated on June 24, 1894, after completion of the interior work,
furnishing, and payment of the final construction debt.
 



Cedar Hill Cemetery & Soldier’s Rest Burial Site

Also known as the City of Vicksburg Cemetery, Cedar Hill Cemetery is one
of the oldest and largest cemeteries in the United States that is still in use. 
After the American Civil War, a portion of Cedar Hill Cemetery was set aside
for the burial of Confederate soldiers who died of sickness or wounds. 
This burial site was designated Soldiers' Rest and contains the graves of
some 5,000 Confederate soldiers, with 1,600 identified.



Baer House Inn

In 1870, Leona and Lazrus Baer constructed this huge Victorian home
with a goal of impressing guests with the elaborate woodwork and a grand ballroom. 
It was designed to be similar to the large Eastlake Victorians just becoming
popular for the wealthy in America. Mrs. Baer was adamant that the kitchen be
inside the house and that there be privies on the first floor for guests
and on the second floor for family; a his-and-hers two-story outhouse
was the result! The home had 11 fireplaces, 4 cisterns, a wellhouse
and a carriage house. It is one of the best examples of Eastlake Victorian style
in the state of Mississippi and is included in "Victorian Houses of Mississippi.”
The Baer House Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

www.baerhouseinn.com

 

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