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About the big tree at Windsor Mansion Ruins in Mississippi

About the big tree at Windsor Mansion Ruins in Mississippi

Interesting little backstory about the big, old tree at Windsor Mansion ruins in Mississippi

Yes, this is a rare selfie of me, posing with a rock star,
and no I don’t mean Bono or Mick, I mean this amazing ancient tree.

A rare selfie, but really, the star of this giant old tree, which has been around since the Civil War
A rare selfie, but really, the star of this giant old tree, which has been around since the Civil War

But I’m starting at the end of the story, so let me back up.

I recently travelled to the deep South to check-off a bucket list item. For years I’ve been wanting to visit the bizarre ruins of Windsor Mansion in Mississippi.

What you’re looking at here are the remaining 23 columns of Windsor Mansion. The house was built in 1861, it survived the Civil War, but was burned to the ground in 1890s after a visitor tossed hot cigar ashes onto a pile of renovation rubble.

Let’s admire these columns for a minute, and then I’ll get back to the topic of the tree.

This is the only know drawing of Windsor Mansion, and it was sketched by a Union officer named Henry Otis Dwight, from Ohio. And legend has it that Dwight sat under this mighty tree while he made the sketch.

Sketch of Windsor mansion (May 1, 1863) by Henry Otis Dwight. Legend says that Dwight sat under the magnificent tree on the property near the ruins.
Sketch of Windsor mansion (May 1, 1863) by Henry Otis Dwight. Legend says that Dwight sat under the magnificent tree on the property near the ruins.

And that’s why I say this tree is a rock star.

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~ Keith

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