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Location: Vicksburg, Miss.
The Skinny: Built in 1840 by successful cotton planter and businessman John Alexander Klein as a wedding present to his wife, Cedar Grove was furnished with finds from their year-long European honeymoon and custom furniture brought in from New Orleans. When the Union Army laid siege to Vicksburg during the Civil War, the family fortune was secreted away in a compartment in the dining room sideboard, and managed to go undetected as the house went from target—a cannon ball is still lodged in the dining room wall—to hospital—Union general and Klein relative George Sherman commandeered the mansion as a field hospital. Currently configured as an inn, Cedar Grove boasts 30 bedrooms over almost 50,000 square feet, a tiled swimming pool, and a restaurant, but, with reviews that range from "loved it" to "nightmare," this place might be best off as a stately single-family home.
· Cedar Grove [Sotheby's]
· Cedar Grove Inn [official site]
· Cedar Grove Inn & Restaurant [TripAdvisor]