Where We Be
Natchez, Mississippi
Rosalie oozes elegance and Southern charm
The magnificent parlor room at Rosalie -- with its original furnishings
Robin's evocative picture of lace curtains at Rosalie
Stanton Hall is one of the most photographed mansions in America
Longwood, the largest octagonal house in America
St. Mary's Basilica was an unexpected find in Natchez
Memorial Park in Natchez reminded us of the quiet, leafy squares in Savannah
Resting the legs after a long walk through Natchez
Enjoying the fine February weather in Natchez
The trees surrounding Stanton Hall are almost as impressive as the home
Sepia-like photo of our first mint juleps at Stanton's Carriage House
Looking up the inside of Longwood's dome -- unfinished due to the Civil War
Bob relaxing at the Longwood estate
Natchez is the oldest continuous settlement on the
Mississippi River. Huge fortunes were made here when
cotton was king, then "gone with the wind" once the Civil
War began. The antebellum mansions built in Natchez were
as huge as the fortunes. Natchez has a historic downtown
about a square mile in size so it's a pleasure to explore on
foot. We strolled past antebellum homes dotting the town's
center and toured three HUGE antebellum mansions:

  • Rosalie is a lovely brick home in a natural setting
    overlooking the Mississippi River. It's no wonder the
    Union Army chose Rosalie as their headquarters
    once they took the town.
  • Stanton Hall is considered the grandest of the
    Natchez mansions and is one of the most
    photographed homes in America. All we can say is,
    Wow! This place is huge and amazing.
  • Longwood is in a class by itself: it's the largest
    octagonal house in America, magnificent on the
    outside, unfinished on the inside because of the
    Civil War. The poignant stories surrounding it give
    you a feel for how quickly antebellum fortunes were
    made then lost once the Civil War began.
Robin's artistic image focusing on the gate rather than the imposing house behind