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Dunleith is located in Mississippi
Location 84 Homochitto Street, Natchez, Mississippi
Coordinates 31°32′52″N 91°24′3″W / 31.54778°N 91.40083°W / 31.54778; -91.40083Coordinates: 31°32′52″N 91°24′3″W / 31.54778°N 91.40083°W / 31.54778; -91.40083
Area 40 acres (16 ha)[1]
Built 1855
Architectural style Greek Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 72000684
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 14, 1972[2]
Designated NHL December 2, 1974[3]

Dunleith is an antebellum mansion in Natchez, Mississippi.[4] The previous building, Routhland had been built by Job Routh and passed down to his daughter Mary Routh. When it was struck by lightning and burned down in 1855, her husband, General Charles G. Dahlgren rebuilt the home. It was sold for $30,000 in 1858 (equal to $817,731 today) to Alfred Vidal Davis who renamed it Dunleith. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974.[1][3][5]

The 26 room house sits on 40 acres (16 ha) along with several outbuildings including a carriage house, a dairy barn, a poultry house, and a three story brick building. The main building has a Greek revival design and includes 26 Tuscan columns built of brick and stucco. There are porches around the entire building on the first and second floor. The first floor includes windows similar to those in Monticello which roll up to become doorways.[1]

The 1957 film, Raintree County was partly filmed at Dunleith, as was a portion of the 1974 version of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn by Columbia Pictures, and an episode of Promised Land for CBS television in 1998.

It has been a historic house museum with tours for the public as well as a historic inn since 1976.


  1. ^ a b c "Dunleith History". Dunleith.com. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  3. ^ a b "Dunleith". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  4. ^ Natchez on the River staff: Dunleith, http://www.natchezontheriver.com/news/2008/oct/13/dunleith/, retrieved 23 Nov, 2012.
  5. ^ Paul Goeldner (January 14, 1974). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Dunleith / Routhlands" (PDF). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 3 photos, exterior and interior, from 1973 and undated. PDF (489 KB)

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