Windsor Ruins, Natchez Trace Parkway Moto Trip

The Natchez Trace, also known as the “Old Natchez Trace”, is a historic forest trail within the United States which extends roughly 440 miles from Nashville, Tennessee, to Natchez, Mississippi, linking the Cumberland, Tennessee, and Mississippi rivers. Wikipedia

Dale and I started our road trip from the Mississippi state going North.

The Natchez Trace is also known to be popular among motorcycle riders, no commercial vehicles and semi trucks are allowed on the Trace. The speed limit is 50 miles per hour.

Day One! Dale and I were so excited to begin our moto trip, riding the Natchez Trace Parkway! Our first pit stop will be the Windsor Ruins.

We always look forward to our Pit Stops, it gives us a chance to stretch our legs and get some circulation going! Ha-ha! We drove up on a little dirt road to get to the Windsor Ruins. Dale & I really did not know what to expect! The both of us were like WHOA! It was absolutely grand!

This article is from the Natchez Trace Travel website.

Built in 1859-61 by Smith Daniell who only lived in the large mansion for a few weeks before he died. The Windsor plantation once sprawled over 2,600 acres. Legend says that from a roof observatory, Mark Twain watched the Mississippi River in the distance.

A Union soldier was shot in the front doorway of the home. During the Civil War the mansion was used as a Union hospital and observation post, thus sparing it from being burned by Union troops.

However, after the Civil War, during a house party on February 17, 1890 a guest left a lighted cigar on the upper balcony and Windsor burned to the ground. Everything was destroyed except 23 of the columns, balustrades and iron stairs.

Windsor Ruins is open to the public during daylight hours every day. There is no fee.

The details to each of the columns is exquisite.

It was very peaceful walking around the ruins. I pondered how marvelous this home was. You can see the columns layers. Look at the beautiful brick!

To give you an idea how grand these columns are, look at the picture below. I marked a red arrow where Dale is standing. A fence surrounds the area, due to the columns being unstable.

The picture below, us riding the Natchez Trace. It’s a beautiful two lane road, with lots of trees to see! I remember how green everything looked! Such a wonderful ride that day!

More moto adventures to come! The Phillips

One thought on “Windsor Ruins, Natchez Trace Parkway Moto Trip

  1. What an interesting sight to visit a place with such historic features! Those columns and the story behind are so rich in history. It looks like your trip is a lot of fun.


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