The charming Duff Green Mansion in Vicksburg has an elaborately detailed history. The home was built in 1856 by a local cotton broker, Duff Green, and his wife, Mary Lake Green. The stunning mansion was undoubtedly constructed to entertain, and entertain they did indeed.
The Green family lived in their home until the Civil War broke out, and it was then that Mr. Green decided to transform his large home into a hospital for both Union and Confederate soldiers. Once full of parties in grand ballrooms, this home now housed sick, wounded, and dying soldiers.
This decision saved lives and also saved the home. With so many buildings being burned down during the war, the Duff Green Mansion was spared because Mr. Green had sacrificed his home to care for soldiers from both sides of the war.
Meanwhile, The Greens moved into a nearby cave and lived there during the duration of the Civil War. Mr. Green’s wife, Mary, even gave birth to their son, Siege, in this civil war cave.
At the turn of the 20th century, The Duff Green Mansion transformed again, from a hospital to a boy’s orphanage and then again to a retirement home. In 1931, the Salvation Army purchased the grand house and utilized the property for nearly fifty years.
The Salvation Army sold the mansion in 1985 to Mr. & Mrs. Harry Carter Sharp, who restored the landmark to its original glory.
Today, the Duff Green Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and operates as one of the most charming bed and breakfast spots in The Magnolia State.
Guests can “Experience the American Civil War at the Duff Green Mansion” by touring the home and visiting the ballroom that was once danced in by Jefferson Davis and visited by Ulysses S. Grant. They can also visit the site of the civil war cave where Mary Duff gave birth in.
History and elegance abound at the Duff Green Mansion. There are beautiful rooms adorned with period furniture, a three-course southern-style breakfast prepared by local chefs, and guests can relax on the large front porch or poolside with a great book.
With its rich and extensive history, The Duff Green Mansion is one of only four structures in Vicksburg recognized by the Smithsonian Institution. It has also been recognized as an award-winning bed and breakfast, a wedding venue, and named as one of the “most haunted hotels.”
With its versatile history, the timeless presence of the Duff Green Mansion allows visitors to experience history, hospitality, and Southern elegance all in one visit.