A time capsule from 1861, when construction stopped because of the Civil War, Longwood tells the story of a nation in conflict and a family caught in the middle.
The six-story 30,000 square foot octagon mansion was to be the dream home of wealthy planter Haller Nutt, his wife Julia, and their 11 children. Designed by Samuel Sloan of Philadelphia, the family moved into the finished basement before war was declared.
Haller died in 1864 and his wife Julia, their children, and eventually grandson continued to live in the finished first floor that today contains many original family furnishings. The upper five stories remain unfinished; frozen in time from the day workmen put down their tools and left to fight.
This National Historic Landmark is open for tour daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.