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Dunleith Mansion

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Dunleith Mansion - Natchez, Mississippi

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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     The Dunleith, among some of Mississippi's finest antebellum mansions, is located in the heart of historic Natchez. Here in the oldest city on the Mississippi River, the original late 18th century Routhland home was struck by lightning while unattended and burned to the ground. Charles Dahlgren quickly rebuilt the mansion in 1856, rotating the original plan 90 degrees so that the entrance faced a newly constructed street in Natchez.
     Fast forward to 1999 when the Worley family issued a large scale renovation to the home. Today, the mansion offers 26 guest rooms and suites, all having private bathrooms, antiques and antebellum period replica furniture. Along with its bed and breakfast service, the Dunleith Mansion now offers fine dining as well. The Castle Restaurant, Castle Pub, and gift shop allow for leisurely visit and include tempting southern cuisine. Daily tours take visitors through the first floor with its voluminous rooms, Castle Pub - Dunleith Mansion, Natchez, Mississippi fine craftsman ship and detailed furnishings. The Dunleith was built in the Greek Revival style and wrapped the facade with 26 Tuscan columns. These columns, interlaced with an intricate wrought iron railing, are just one example of the fine detail in this marvelous mansion. The 9500 square foot mansion incorporated Jeffersonian windows, which stretched from the floor to the ceiling, allowing any comforting breeze to cool the interior. The 14 inch thick masonry wall also helped to keep the interior cool during the dog days of summer.
     The Dunleith, surrounded by 40 acres, is a standout and a wonderful addition to the city's array of historic buildings that are open for public tours.

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