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Duff Green Mansion, Vicksburg, Mississippi


When I recently visited Vicksburg, I stayed at The Duff Green Mansion. The historic home is a lavish bed and breakfast filled with antiques and ghosts; each telling a little bit of the homes 150-year history.

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Every morning at 9, a costumed docent takes bed and breakfast guests and other tourists on a grand tour of the opulent home. She explains it was built in 1856 by a local cotton broker Duff Green for his bride Mary Lake Green. The home was built as a place for celebrations and elaborate balls. Both Jefferson Davis and Ulysses S. Grant danced in the ballroom.

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When the Civil War arrived in Mississippi in 1863, Duff Green was able to save his home by allowing the mansion to be used as a hospital for both Union and Confederate soldiers. Green is also credited with saving his entire neighbor-hood including adjoining Christ Episcopal Church because the hospital would not be fired upon.

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The home was also used as a soldier’s rest home, then a home again from Reconstruction to the Depression, a boy’s orphanage and finally the Salvation Army Headquarters for more than 50 years. The mansion was finally returned to its glory by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sharp in the mid-1980s.

Our docent took us from room to room as she told the small group the history of the home before, during and after the war; the parlors, living room, up the stair to the many bedrooms and out on the balcony for a view of the surrounding gardens.

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The docent brings to life the Greens and the Civil War as she recounts the history in the mansion. The tour is complimentary with a night's stay. The public is invited at a cost of $15 per person.


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