Windsor Ruins
Windsor Ruins

Located about 60 miles southwest of Ridgeland and 40 miles northeast of Natchez along the Parkway, Port Gibson has preserved the timeless heritage of a storied past. Chartered as a town on March 12, 1803, Port Gibson is Mississippi’s third oldest settlement. It was the site of several clashes during the American Civil War and was important during Ulysses S. Grant’s Vicksburg Campaign. Many of Port Gibson’s historic buildings survived the Civil War because Grant believed the city “too beautiful to burn.”

Its lavish 19th Century homes, old storefronts, and battlefields recall the days of plantations and old southern hospitality. Today, you can journey through Port Gibson’s historic district and walking tours of over forty residences, houses of worship, and cemeteries, many dating back to the early 1800’s.

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Tuscan Columns – Port Gibson, MS

Circa 1904, Neoclassical-style home featuring 30-foot square Tuscan columns, high-speed wireless internet, hot Southern breakfast, Direct TV w/HBO, and The Piano Room. Call 601.214.0215 or visit www.pianohousebb.com

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Alcorn State University

Founded in 1971, Alcorn is the oldest public historically black land-grant institution in the United States and the second oldest state supported institution of higher learning in Mississippi.

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Windsor Ruins – Port Gibson, MS

Built in 1860, west of Port Gibson by Smith C. Daniell, II. In 1890 the main structure was destroyed by fire, leaving only stately columns as mute evidence of a glorious, historic past.

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The Sunken Trace – Port Gibson, MS

Preserved here is a portion of the deeply eroded or ‘sunken’ Old Trace. Hardships of journeying on the Old Trace included heat, mosquitos, poor food, hard beds (if any), disease, and harsh swamps.

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