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Historic Mansion in the Heart of Civil War Vicksburg

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 6,202 sq ft
Property type estate


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 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2018

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 Vicksburg

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.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation estate rental in Vicksburg

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 6202 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Smoking allowed
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


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Historic Mansion in the Heart of Civil War Vicksburg
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Lucky Find!

  • 5 of 5

Came across this beautiful home at the last minute while trying to outrun Hurricane Irma from Naples. John and his house managers couldn't have been more helpful or accommodating as we had pets, and an elderly person. The home is huge, beautifully decorated and the property extremely well maintained. Sunsets on the expansive porch were a bonus. Several outstanding restaurants within walking distance. Highly recommend! Thanks John, Zeny & Lido for all your kindness and help.

  • Submitted: 27-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Nancy. It was indeed a pleasures that we could help you out and hope that everything has recovered for you and family. Please think of us again and look at our other American Estate Villas properties for you future vacation stays, or hurricane escapes!
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Beautiful Historic Home

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful home has everything you need, centrally located in Vicksburg. The owner was very kind and helpful as well as the house managers. We will definitely book this house again.

  • Submitted: 2-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house!

  • 5 of 5

We met our extended family in Vicksburg and some of us stayed in the house. It’s a beautiful home full of period pieces. We loved the history. John was very responsive and very helpful. He connected us to a local park ranger who gave us a tour of the National Park and that was well worth it. We really enjoyed the house and the ability it gave us for having our family being able to be together. Would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: 25-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Princess Castle

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying at this beautiful home during the week of the Miss Mississippi pageant. The house is truly remarkable with breathtaking views from the many large windows found throughout, and my favorite view, from the rocking chair of the front porch overlooking downtown to the Mississippi River. We felt like we went back in time from the moment we walked in. One could spend a full day just admiring the antiques and decor of the home. The attention to detail by the owner & house managers left us not wanting to leave and already planning our return. From fresh flower arrangements throughout the home to returning daily to neatly made beds made our busy week more enjoyable. The kitchen had everything, including the largest cast iron skillet, perfect for cooking for our big bunch. You can't beat the location, with the closest restaurant just a short walk down the driveway and across the street. Many other restaurants, boutiques, and museums are just a short walk away. Tropical storm Cindy tried to rain on our parade, literally, and in more ways than one, but thankfully the home also had umbrellas. When it wasn't raining, the pool was a perfect place for us moms to relax while the girls practiced and the first place they went to when they returned. The owner and house managers were only a phone call away to answer any questions. You can't beat their hospitality! We fell in love with everything about this home and our Magnolia Princesses referred to it as their castle.

  • Submitted: 25-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lerissa for being such great guests and for taking the time to give us such flattery. We love the Magruder House and are so pleased we could share it with you. We all look forward to hosting you again. I hope your girls had the time of their lives. Best Regards, John Wright, Owner
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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: 5-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: July 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: 12-Apr-2015
  • Stayed: April 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

Rental Rates for this vacation estate rental in Vicksburg

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per property
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection C$131.76
Cleaning C$264.85

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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