Distinctive Destinations

Auburn Museum & Historic Site

  • Constructed: 1812
  • Architect: Levi Weeks
  • Location: Natchez, MS

Auburn is the first of the large antebellum homes to be built in Natchez according to a distinctive architectural design. Completed in 1812 by architect Levi Weeks for Boston Attorney Lyman Harding, the show piece of Auburn is its original wooden free standing spiral staircase--one of only a few in the United States. Upon Harding's death, the house was next occupied by the Dr. Stephen Duncan and his family until 1910. The house and the 210 acres of land were donated to the city of Natchez to be used as a public park and the contents of the house put up for auction. Listed on the National Historic Registry since 1975, Auburn is open for tours year round.

Facade of Auburn in Natchez. Sourced from Flickr CC.

photo by: JR Gordon, Flickr

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