I’d always notice the historic homes in Natchez Mississippi, but had never actually toured any of them during my more that twenty years of living there from birth. In January of 2013, that all changed when I visited the Auburn Museum Natchez to partake in wedding photos for my sister’s wedding. Even though I was limited by time and obligations, I was able to do an impromptu self tour of the buildings exterior and parts of the first floor interior.
My interest drew the attention of Clark Feiser, President of the Auburn Antebellum Home. He suggested that I come back when time permitted so I can get a full tour along with the history of the home. So, I traveled back to my native in June of 2013 to do just that.
According to history, the Auburn was the first house in the Mississippi area where any of the orders of architecture (Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian and Composite) were attempted. The home was designed by architect Levi Weeks and construction was completed in 1812.
The tour was educational and interesting as I shared in it with my three kids and my mother. African-Americans will be surprised by the homes history in terms of the slaves and the Duncan family (no relation) who own this home until it was donated to Natchez in 1911.
I had the opportunity to take photos including the rare free-standing wooden spiral staircase. You can see my pics below. While my pictures give you a glimpse of the homes architectural beauty, there is nothing like being there and witnessing it for yourself.
If you are ever in Natchez, Mississippi, or plan to visit in the future, make time to visit the Auburn Museum Antebellum Home at 400 Duncan Avenue and tell Clark Feiser that I sent you!
For more information on the Auburn Museum Natchez, visit their website at www.auburnmuseum.org.
Enjoy the photos below…