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Anchuca -- Vicksburg MS
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 32° 21.271 W 090° 52.621
15S E 699771 N 3581713
Quick Description: Built in 1830, Anchuca is an antebellum home listed on the US National Register of Historic Places in Vicksburg MS
Location: Mississippi, United States
Date Posted: 9/23/2014 8:21:01 AM
Waymark Code: WMMHJN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
Views: 1

Long Description:
Anchuca is now serving as a tour home and as a Bed and Breakfast. It was added to the US National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

A Historic marker out front reads as follows:

Built in three stages from ca. 1830 to 1855, this Greek Revival-style mansion was originally built by J. W. Mauldin and sold to Victor Wilson in 1840. Added to the national Register of Historic Places in 1981, Anchuca was Vicksburg’s first columned house and its first antebellum residence to open as a tour home."

From the Anchuca Mansion website: (visit link)

"Anchuca, a Choctaw Indian word meaning "happy home," is one of the most significant antebellum homes in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this impressive Greek Revival landmark represents the first columned mansion in Vicksburg and the first historic home to become one of Mississippi's finest bed and breakfast inns. Surrounded by stately live oaks and located in the heart of Vicksburg's Historic District, Anchuca was built in 1830 by local politician J. W. Mauldin. In 1847, Victor Wilson, a local coal and ice merchant added the columned front and the two-story dependency in back. Standing proud through the Siege of Vicksburg in 1863, the house was put into service providing shelter for those who had suffered severely through the War.

Joseph Emory Davis, patriarchal brother to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, the owner of the magnificent Hurricane Plantation located in Warren County, Mississippi, and a great American pioneer in his own right, lived here until his death on September 18, 1870, at the age of 87. Jefferson Davis was reunited with his brother (and father figure) at the home in January 1869. The town's legend testifies that it was during this stay that Jefferson Davis did indeed speak to friends and neighbors from Anchuca's front balcony, marking this site for many historians and Southerners alike as one of the last public addresses to the people of Vicksburg by Jefferson Davis.

Today, Anchuca's bold, impressive exterior gives way to an elegantly refined yet comfortably inviting interior. The antebellum home is handsomely furnished with fine antiques and art representing the late 1700s to the mid-1800s. Anchuca stands in grand tribute to Vicksburg's rich history and offers its bed and breakfast guests a sensuous escape complete with a hearty dose of Southern hospitality."
Earliest Recorded Date of Construction: 1/1/1830

Additional Dates of Construction:
1847 1855

Architectural Period/Style: Greek Revival

Type of Building e.g. Country House, Stately Home, Manor:

Interesting Historical Facts or Connections:
Purportedly site of former Confederate States of America president Jefferson Davis' last public speech Survived the US Army's siege of Vicksburg, 18633

Listed Building Status (if applicable): US National Register of Historic Places

Main Material of Construction: brick

Private/Public Access: Publicly accessible

Admission Fee (if applicable): 0.00 (listed in local currency)

Related Website: [Web Link]


Architect (if known): Not listed

Landscape Designer (if known): Not listed

Opening Hours (if applicable): Not listed

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