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Historic Mansion in the Heart of Civil War Vicksburg

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 6,200 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Experience Old World Elegance in the Comfort of this Updated 1830 Home

Stay in this gorgeous Antebellum home in the heart of historic Vicksburg which was updated in 2013 and has a private pool.

Constructed in 1830, Featherston-Magruder House was first built as a single story structure for Vicksburg's first school and its headmaster, Richard Featherson, and his family. Dr. Alex Magruder, the great grandson of an indentured servant who arrived in Virginia from Scotland in 1653 expanded the house to two stories in 1850 and used the original as a clinic where he treated victims of the 1853 Yellow Fever Outbreak that killed half the city's population. Sold in 1869 to Nathaniel Thomas, son of General George Thomas of the Union army, the house was later owned by Tom Morrissey, a steamboat captain and liquor dealer. Built by slaves in the Greek Revival style, the house was remodeled with Italianate features.This Antebellum mansion, once linked to a plantation on the outskirts of Vicksburg, was spared the destruction of the siege and managed to be hit by only one dud cannonball, which is now a door stop in the parlour.

Located at the epicenter of Southern history, the property sits in the middle of historic Vicksburg and has easy access to the Civil War national park, a number of historic cotton and sugar plantations, the USS Cariro Museum and is one hour drive from Natchez. The home is a perfect way to end your visit to the Blues Trail and is conveniently located to the riverboat casinos and some of the country's best hunting grounds and bird watching sanctuaries.

The home is one of the first Italianate architecture homes in the US and is decorated with period pieces from 1850s and still feels homey despite its 19th century grandeur.

The property is adjacent to the county jail, which served a the central holding place for Union POWs, as well as to the old courthouse where Ulysses S. Grant accepted the surrender of the Confederate Army on July 4th, 1863.

The estate has its own private pool as well as five updated bathrooms with large showers. There are separate caretakers'quarters. The property is situated in the middle of Vicksburg, high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River Valley. Sit on a rocking chair on the grand porch and imagine yourself back in time.

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John A Wright
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, german, italian, mandarin, Japanese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2017

About John A Wright

John Wright is the former editor of The Wall Street Journal in Asia and makes Hong Kong and New York his home. A native of Minnesota, Mr. Wright Is the founder of American Estate Villas, a company dedicated to luxury accommodations in key American cultural and heritage destinations.

John A Wright purchased this estate in 2014

Why John A Wright chose Mississippi

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 South, the removal of Native Americans, French and Spanish Colonialism, the Civil War, the Klu Klux Klan, and the Civil Rights struggle for African Americans as well as the birth place of America's music, the Blues.

What makes this estate unique

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.


Vicksburg Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 6200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Not suitable for children ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Bathroom in upstairs hall between Bedrooms 2 & 3.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Powder Room, main floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower , Large en-suite bathroom. Separate shower and clawfoot tub
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large en-suite bathroom for Bedroom 1. Separate WC
  • Four bathrooms with large showers; one with an eagle claw tub.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Located upstairs. En-suite bathroom with spacious shower.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Located upstairs. Bathroom with shower shared with Bedroom 3
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Located upstairs. Bathroom with shower shared with Bedroom 2
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Located on Main Floor. Bathroom shared with Bedroom 4
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Located on Main Floor. En-suite bathroom with tub & shower
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Historic Mansion in the Heart of Civil War Vicksburg
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Beautiful, well-maintained property

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed here while in town for a memorial service for a family member. The home was well-appointed to host a large family, and we loved being able to spend time together comfortably under one roof. The pool was wonderful as well.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Party of family reunion

  • 5 of 5

We had a Vicksburg family reunion of folks from all over the country. This house is elegantly appointed and enjoys an incredible view. We were all enthralled with this lovely home.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Place to Stay in Vicksburg for a Larger Group

  • 5 of 5

This home is a stunner! We stayed in this beautiful home for a family reunion. Each room was impeccably decorated. It had just the right mix of elegance but comforts of home. It was the perfect place for family to gather as its great for entertaining. From drinks on the veranda overlooking the sunsets and the river to morning coffee by the pool- this home is great. The kitchen is expansive along with plenty of places to gather too. All of the pictures on VRBO are true representations. It is also centrally located. I cannot imagine a more perfect spot in Vicksburg.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hong Kong

Enjoying the southern hospitality!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place to stay, downtown is walking distance from the property. The beds are comfortable and the house is very spacious. I thoroughly enjoyed the pool and the beautiful sunsets from the front porch.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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new york

An amazing journey to the past!

  • 5 of 5

I loved the house, the history, and the warmth of the Southerners. Our hosts were considerate and knowledgeable. The house was elegant, yet, homey. Each room had its own character and decor that matched. It was impeccably clean and had every convenience. It's a great house for a family reunion, friends who would like to travel together, or for a family that wants to explore.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Elegant historic mansion, with modern addition and updated bathrooms and kitchen.

  • 5 of 5

This historic home was a delight to stay in. The beautiful reception and living rooms were elegant and perfect for before and post dinner drinks. The modern library and family rooms, terrific for relaxing in the comfy couch and chairs watching a movie. Nice to have to big screen TVs so the teens could watch their show in the library while adults could take in a Netfix movie in the family room. Bedrooms, wow their size outstanding with the high ceilings and ample closet space plus sitting areas. Lingering around the dinning table a joy, and so elegant with all the feel of the old world. The updated kitchen, with six burner plus grill, viking stove a cooks dream, but I was happy to have the chef prepare the southern style breakfast each morning. Having the chef truly makes a vacation. I throughly enjoyed the three outside seating areas, each so different. Poolside speaks for itself, but the front porch looking down on the historic town of Vicksburg and then across the Mississippi at Louisiana, perfect. The side patio with the large lawn, big trees, and old well made one feel at home in the South. This home was a joy to stay in. My group loved exploring the history, shopping and the food, including the drive through donut shop. We are glad we found this home/estate on VRBO!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Jackson-Evers International Airport
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Vicksburg Country Club
Nearest Train
42 Miles
Amtrak Station, Yazoo City
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Interstate 20
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Main Street
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Vicksburg Estate Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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