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“Beautiful and lovely but tour misses the big point”
Review of Longwood

Longwood
Ranked #2 of 52 things to do in Natchez
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Construction on this architectural gem, the largest octagonal house in the U.S., began in 1860, but was interrupted by the onset of war. A National Historic Landmark, the still-unfinished mansion is an enduring symbol of the impact of the Civil War.
Reviewed 2 May 2014 via mobile

The house and grounds are lovely. The tour guide we had was lovely

But for some reason the tour doesn't ever answer the question of why the building work stopped. I can only assume this is out of a reluctance to mention slavery. The words slave and slavery were not mentioned once on the tour

It's all a bit of a pity really as the story of the house is every bit as interesting as the setting is beautiful.

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Reviewed 30 April 2014

Of all the antebellum homes to tour in Natchez, a few stand out. One in particular is Longwood. The grounds are lovely and the story of the unfinished house and the family who built it is compelling. As one wanders through the octagonal rooms, one can't help wondering how magnificent it would have been if the Civil War hadn't ended its construction. Wonderous!

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Reviewed 28 April 2014

Longwood has a very interesting history and shape which is unique. Anyone interested in architecture will enjoy the tour.

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Reviewed 28 April 2014

I've toured many antebellum homes in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama, and this was one of my top 3 favorites. The story was fascinating, and the "unfinished" aspect was one of the things that kept it interesting. We toured it on the last day of pilgrimage, and the property was beautiful. The tour guide was knowlegeable and thorough, but when faced with questions and comments (and the quantity was a normal amount for the size of the group), she was unnecessarily disagreeable and flat out rude. I tend to brag on the hospitality of my home state of Mississippi, and my Japanese wife tends to agree with me, but we were stunned at this woman's behavior, and it left us with a sour memory of this place.

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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Oh, what it would have been if the Civil War had not erupted. We had a great guide who really knew her stuff. There are ten great houses to see and this would not be missed.

Thank tedb548
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