Twenty-three Corinthian columns are all that remain of the once grand mansion built for cotton baron Smith Coffee Daniel II in 1861. The 45ft-tall columns loom spookily among pines and live oaks in a spot about 45 miles north of Natchez, midway to Vicksburg. The Greek Revival mansion – once the largest home in the South – survived the Civil War but burned to the ground in 1890 when a careless party guest left a cigarette burning on a porch.
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Just outside town, along the Trace, you'll find Emerald Mound, the grassy ruins of a Native American city that includes the second-largest pre-Columbian…