Green Mansion History
For over 145 years the Duff
Green Mansion has stood majestically in the center of the
historic district of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Built in 1856 as
a wedding gift by successful businessman Duff Green for his
bride Mary Lake, the mansion was designed for entertaining.
Prior to the siege of Vicksburg, the home was well known for
the many lavish parties that set the standard for hospitality
and good taste.
In 1863, the home was hit at
least five times by Union cannonball. The Greens hastily
offered the Mansion for use as a hospital as a means to try
and save their new home, and retreated to two caves built in
the side yard. In one of these caves, Mrs. Green gave birth to
her son and named him William Siege Green.
Both Union and Confederate
wounded were moved to the Mansion. The Union troops were
placed on the top floor with Confederates housed on the main
floor. The kitchen on the bottom floor was converted to an
operating room where hundreds of soldiers were treated.
After the surrender of
Vicksburg on July 4, 1863, the Mansion was leased to the
United States Government for use as a Soldiers Home where
wounded soldiers could recuperate before their respective
In 1866 after all soldiers
had left, the Greens moved back in their home where they
continued to live until Mr. Green’s death in 1880. Mrs.
Green sold the mansion that same year to the Peatross family
who maintained it as their family residence until 1910. The
property was then sold to Fannie Vick Willis Johnston, a
great-granddaughter of Vicksburg’s founder Rev. Newitt Vick.
Mrs. Johnston lived in the Mansion until her new home Oak Hall
(The Stained Glass Manor) was completed around 1913.
Mrs. Johnston, a generous
philanthropist, donated the Mansion for use as a boy’s
orphanage and later as a retirement home for elderly widows.
When she died in 1931, her estate sold the property to the
Salvation Army for $3,000.00.
The Salvation Army ministered
to the needy from their mansion headquarters with weekly
church services, daily meals, and a safe place for transients
to stay for fifty-four years. In 1985, the property was sold
to Mr. & Mrs. Harry Carter Sharp of Coral Gables, Florida.
This sale enabled the Salvation Army to move to a larger and
more suitable site and the Sharps to embark on a new
The Sharps completely
restored the Mansion to her former glory over a two and one
half year period with the professional expertise of local
architect Skip Tuminello. The combined efforts of The U.S.
Department of the Interior, The Mississippi Department of
Archives and History, and Tuminello insured the accuracy of
the restoration. As many as twenty-seven layers of paint were
removed, thirteen fireplaces restored, and fifteen bathrooms
added. Magnificent chandeliers grace the fifteen and one-half
foot tall public reception rooms painted in vivid historic
colors. The entire mansion is decorated with period antiques
and accented with works of art.
Four luxurious guest rooms,
each with private bath and working fireplace, invite overnight
guests to a memorable stay in one of the South’s finest Bed
& Breakfast Inns. The Duff Green Mansion is the perfect
location for Weddings, Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners, Bridal
showers, and functions for all occasions large or small.