Margaret Marshall Colson
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About Margaret Marshall Colson
The owners of Lansdowne are fifth generation descendants of George Matthews Marshall and Charlotte Hunt Marshall who built the house in 1853 on land presented to them as a wedding gift by Charlotte’s father David Hunt. Charlotte’s great grandfather Robert Dunbar bought the property and lived there in the 1780s and Lansdowne is built on the foundations of his house. Margaret Marshall Colson (Marsha) will be your primary contact and your hostess. Marsha and her sister and first cousins grew up at Lansdowne with their parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents in the 1950s when Lansdowne was still a working cotton plantation. As children, we played all day in the woods and bayous (the local term for creeks or ravines.) Our family have always loved nature and enjoy walking in the woods and fields, picking muscadines, blackberries and dewberries, and spotting pileated woodpeckers, wood ducks, red-tailed hawks, great horned owls and cuckoos. Our children and grandchildren grew up spending holidays and summer vacations here and are as committed as we are to preserving Lansdowne for our family, friends and visitors to enjoy. Lansdowne has been open to the public for tours since 1931 when the Natchez Pilgrimage tour of historic homes began.
Why Margaret Marshall Colson chose Natchez
Lansdowne is one of the few antebellum homes in the Natchez area that has its original furnishings and is still owned and occupied by direct descendants of the original builders. The home is filled with portraits, photographs, family mementos and the memories of all our family who have lived here - their love and laughter, holidays and parties, lazy summer afternoons and cozy winter evenings. Come visit us at Lansdowne and make some new memories of your own!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Advance notice required. Additional fees may apply
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 3 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Beautiful and historic property near Natchez
This absolutely charming and tasteful rental is furnished with antiques and located on a gorgeous historic property with lovely grounds. We were very comfortable during our 2-night stay in a private apartment. We also enjoyed a wonderful tour with a descendant of the original owners. Pure magic!
Thank you for that beautiful review! It was a delight having you and your husband stay and visit. I really enjoyed my time with you. You are the perfect guests!
Beautiful place, very friendly owners
We had a lovely stay! It's a really beautifully renovated and tastefully furnished room, has everything you need and more (the owners were so sweet to bring us homemade jam and home-grown apples), and the property is absolutely lovely. The kids enjoyed feeding the horses, climbing the trees and exploring the woods around the property. Great place for families, and with such warm and welcoming hosts, we'll definitely come back!
It was lovely and clean. The grounds were beautiful! The owner was very accommodating.
The Glories of Lansdowne
Rarely have I enjoyed a setting and hospitality as I did last Sunday evening. Marsha is so welcoming, charming, insightful. She makes her home my favorite place in all of Natchez.
Like staying with family...
My daughter and I recently stayed at Lansdowne and wish we could go back this weekend. Everything about our stay was amazing and like a fairy tale. Marsha was an incredible host who made us feel like family and also brought my daughter's birthday wishes to life. She allowed my daughter "to play dress-up" and model some of the Southern Belle Fashions. We followed her helpful advice on some great food choices and shopping places in town. My favorite part was resting on the porch and visiting. Everything about our stay was comfy and cozy... looking forward to our return visit!
Quiet & peaceful
Very spacious. More like an apartment. Nice having a kitchen. Beautiful grounds and very quiet.
At the Visitor Reception Center, 640 South Canal Street, you can purchase tickets to tours and special events and find all the information you need about what to see and do, plus restaurants and entertainment. A 20-minute video provides an overview of Natchez history and its people, and murals in the lobby tell the story of Natchez from the time of the Natchez Indians through the development of major industries in the 1950s and the Civil Rights era of the 1960s. Of special interest are the photographic exhibit in the Stratton Chapel fellowship hall of the First Presbyterian Church, NAPAC Museum of African American History and Culture, Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Jefferson College, and Emerald Mound, the second largest man made earthen mound in the U.S.