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Constructed in 1832 by a Revolutionary War family, this Antebellum mansion, once linked to a plantation on the outskirts of Vicksburg, was most recently updated in 2000. Located at the epicenter of Southern history, the property has easy access to the Civil War national park, a number of historic plantations, as well as a variety of authentic American activities.
The home is one of the first Italianate architecture homes in the US and was built by Alex Magruder, the great grandson of an indentured servant who arrived in Virginia from Scotland in 1653. The home is decorated with period pieces from 1850s and still feels homey despite its 19th century grandeur. It is surrounded by a range of historic sites dating from the late 1600s thru to the civil rights period of the 1960s such as the Civil War and Natchez Trace National Parks. The property, which served as a clinic during the Yellow fever epidemic of 1852 is adjacent to the county jail, as well as to the old courthouse which was where Ulysses S. Grant accepted the surrender of the Confederate Army on July 4th, 1863.
The estate has its own private pool and servants quarters, as well as five updated bathrooms with large showers and multiple sinks. There are separate quarters for the onsite housekeepers and chef. The property is situated in the middle of Vicksburg, high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River valley, and is within walking distance to many historical sites, restaurants and blues clubs.
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About the owner: I recently moved to the USA after living in Hong Kong for 30 years. My return has made me realize true American culture lies in the heart of the country where its history has created the most amazing cultural diversity, unlike that of any other nation. I am dedicated to providing my guests an authentic American experience with ease of access to unique and memorable moments in the American heartland. My properties are rich with the history of the people that founded these estates and are surrounded by natural beauty and world class recreation. Often close to national parks, these properties are luxurious and can be tailors to your needs.
I graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a degree in anthropology and from the University of Missouri in Journalism. I became editor of The Wall Street Journal in Asia before founding two international executive search firms in financial services. I have two sons, a dog and the most amazing international staff ready to showcase the best of American hospitality, cuisine and care. Let us make a holiday for you that you won't forget.
Why the Owner Chose Vicksburg: The history of the American South is one of the most important to the development of American Culture, from slavery to Civil Rights. As such, this historically and architecturally significant property provides a perfect means by which to experience the Deep South from a base in Vicksburg, Mississippi, a city whose geographical location along the Mississippi River put it at the center of the cotton industry, the Mississippi Waterway Trade, the economic development of the North, the removal of Native Americans, French and Spanish Colonialism, the Civil War, the Klu Klux Klan, and the Civil Rights struggle for African Americans.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: The sweeping staircase and grand parlors, as well as the decorative architectural elements have made this National Historic Register home a rare survivor of time. The rafters still are charred from a roof fire in the Civil War, but the building remains intact and updated. There is a marble fireplace in every room.
Speaks: english, french, german, italian, mandarin, Japanese