Longwood Plantation – Natchez, Mississippi

Longwood Plantation.jpgTake a Tour of the Longwood Plantation. The Longwood Plantation, also known as Nutt’s Folly, whose construction began in the 1860s, is certainly a unique looking plantation building. Rather than the usual Greek Revival style that was so popular in the South during that era, the builder chose to create a multistory, octagonal, Oriental Revival style. The house is six stories tall, encompasses 30,000 square feet, and has a large byzantine styled dome.

Dr. Haller Nutt funded the construction of his plantation house, but a Philadelphia architect named Samuel Sloan designed it. As the house neared completion, the Civil War broke out and construction halted. The workers were needed at home, so they left the house in an unfinished state. Fortunately, construction of the exterior was complete; only the inside of the massive home that was never finished. The house has 32 rooms, but only 9 were completed.

In 1864, Dr. Nutt died. His wife, however, continued to live in the first floor of the house. This first floor still holds a number of original furnishings and belongings, which means that a tour of the house is like stepping back in time. In fact, touring the upper floors or this architectural masterpiece is like entering a world where time stands still.

Even through years of neglect and abandonment, the house survived. Known around the nation as the most beautiful, as well as the largest, of the octagonal houses, the Longwood Plantation is a National Historic Landmark and registered on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Pilgrimage Garden Club runs the property, as well as many other historic houses in the area. Visitors can take tours of the home and grounds to learn more about Dr. Haller Nutt and see just what it might have been like to live on a plantation. You can find out more about the Longwood Plantation as well as the other houses the Pilgrimage Garden Club runs by visiting their website at natchezpilgrimage.com.

The Longwood Plantation is a place that anyone who is visiting the area around Natchez, Mississippi should strive to visit. It is one of the most often visited and photographed places around Natchez, and has even been featured on television specials.

Few other places in the nation embody the lavishness of the South, and travelers will be hard pressed to find a building that is as unique and in as beautiful a setting as this plantation.


140 Lower Woodville Road
Natchez, MS 39120-4412
P.O. Box 347
Natchez, MS 39121
Phone: 601.442.5193
Fax: 601.446.8687
Toll-Free: 1.800.647.6742

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  1. To hold a wedding at the plantation you may call Bonnie Woodard at the Carriage House 601-445-5151 about weddings at Longwood or Stanton Hall. For weddings in other Natchez mansions, plus Bed & Breakfast info, rehearsal dinner sites, etc. call 800-647-6742 or 601-446-6631.

  2. We have been to Natchez on about six different occasions. Had never visited Longwood until this past weekend. This was no doubt my most fasinated and enjoyable tour. My daughter and son-in-law came with us and now they are hooked on touring homes.
    Jim & Rosetta Green
    Lafayette, La.


    Longwood is one of the most interesting pieces of history I have ever seen. I will be going back today to take my 87 year old mother–it’s a part of history she needs to see. We live about 2 hours from Natchez and it is well worth the drive. The entry price is very affordable. It’s a good family attraction. Today will be my 3 visit.

  4. David B. Kelly

    Touring Longwood is in every way an exercise in the observation of personal values as well as the design process, construction detailing, and architectual history. The house is extremely interesting in terms of the design and the planned execution of the unique details required by the rigid geometry of the octagonal plan. However, in this paralleling contemporary era of the passing of vogue of McMansions, Longwood stands as an example of the balance that must be struck between luxurious accomodations and rational decisions even for the most priviledged client. It is interesting to analyze the impulse inherent in all of us to aspire to grandiosity, to build our own Versailles, Blenheims, Biltmores, and Longwoods. What do we really want? What do we really REQUIRE? What is the tangible form these desires dictate whether it be 30,000 sqare feet or 3,000 sq ft?
    The home exudes an air of “if only…” If one must choose between the many homes available for tour, this should be one of the options.

  5. This is the home of the King of Mississippi, Russell, on the HBO hit series TRUE BLOOD.

  6. We visited Longwood Plantation in April. Beautiful. After the tour I shot a photo of the lawn, trees and Spanish moss in the front yard. The photo that developed was amazing. I would like to share this unique purple, green and white photo with the owners who I believe to be the Pilgramage Garden Club. It is a photo worthy of making into a poster.

  7. Dr. Nutt was my grandmother’s cousin, can’t wait to tour the home in December! Does anyone know if photo/video are allowed?

  8. Had a chance to visit Longwood again after 25 years. Still just as grand as ever. The movie crew was there on my recent visit-(“The Rising”). Seems even Hollywood is taking notice to this historical place. This would be a great restoration for Bob Villa!

  9. Margaret Nutt was my great-great-grandmother, Haller’s sister. I was just looking through the site, and it’s nice to see a distant cousin (Andrea) posted here. Maybe some day there’ll be a Nutt family reunion there. My family toured it in the summer of 1964, before all the real restoration took place. I hope to be back in the next few years, to see how it looks nowadays. Later all you unknown cousins.

  10. Does anyone know anything about a home called Ashburn that Haller b nutt owned. Just doing some research i was raised on ashburn st. and my father had said there was a antebellum home or plantation that used to be in the woods at the end of ashburn st somewhere that burned down. May have been close to an old public swimming pool that was used many years ago. You can still find the bricks in the woods of the swimming pool. Would like to find the old Ashburn house location.

  11. just went to long wood and loved it can anyone tell me who was the last decendent to live thier

  12. Mark Barentine

    I have visited Longwood on several occasions, as a child and then an adult. Back in the 1960’s when I was around 10 to 12 years old the exact date escapes me. The house had just sold being that young I dont remember the details. This was way before it was commercialized. My parents and I were on a vacation in Natchez and we drove up to Longwood as I remember it was somewhat out in the country at that time. The new owners were there taking inventory of what they had bought. They took us on a tour of the house and we went into the overhead on the old scaffolding all the way to the top. I didnt think much of it at the time being young but later found this was an honer very few people had been able to do in many years. They showed us tools and old nails etc. that the workers had left when they went back up north. In later years I wished I had had a camera and taken dozens of pictures. It was a memorable occasion something few people have done. I remember the lady saying along with the purchase of the house came a lot of items in a warehouse I believe in New York that had old trunks with the Nutts personal possessions letters and other papers.