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(April 2010) Enlarge Whitehall: Circa 1843. This pillared mansion was built near the street although the property extended over an entire city block. It included gardens, stables and servants quarters. During the Civil War it served as a hospital for Confederate soldiers. Whitehall was built by James Walton Harris, a prominent attorney and planter
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(April 2010) Enlarge White Arches: Circa 1857. This home gracefully combines Gothic Revival and Italianate elements in a style unique to Columbus known as Columbus Eclectic. The central octagonal tower with observatory on the top floor is enclosed by a cast iron balcony. Legend has it that a beautiful young girl, Mary Oliver, was despondent at the prospect of her beau going to war. Her parents hosted a party to cheer her up but during the swaray Mary went to the balcony for air, caught a cold, then pneumonia and died. It is said that her parents, broken hearted, left the house forever



(April 2010) S. D. Lee Home marker

(April 2010) Enlarge S.D. Lee Home: Circa 1847. Known as the Blewett-Harrison-Lee Home, this house was the residence of General Stephen D. Lee of Civil War fame. Built by Mrs. Lee's Grandfather, Major Thomas G. Blewett, the home has a museum on the second floor with a display of General Lee's personal effects, family photographs, costumes and a collection of antebellum toys
In this 2010 photo of the Lee home it is hard to see the house since the trees have grown so large. The people standing on the front porch are Pilgrimage patrons


(1993) Enlarge This photo of the Lee home is not as sharp but you can see more of the grounds and front of the house


(1993) Enlarge Snowdoun, shortly after restoration: Circa 1854. Built for James Whitfield, Governor of Mississippi. Jefferson Davis was a guest in this home during his campaign for the U.S. Senate. It is designed around an octagonal center hall. The rooms opening off the hall are square with triangular closets. It's seven porches are reached by jib windows which come open at the bottom to serve as doors

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