The Windsor Ruins offer a glimpse into the years gone by, unlike few other tourist attractions. Built in the mid-1800s by a wealthy plantation owner, Smith Daniel, it’s seen slavery, war and disaster. When it was completed in 1861, it was a sprawling four-story Greek Revival mansion that overlooked the Mississippi River, but Daniel, who was born in 1826, the son of an Indian fighter turned farmer and rich landowner, died just a few weeks after moving in. The mansion was used as a Union hospital and observation post during the Civil War, which spared it from being burned by Union troops – and, legend has it that Mark Twain watched the river from a roof observatory. But in 1890, during a house party, one of the guests was said to have left a lighted cigar on the upper balcony, which resulted in Windsor burning to the ground. All was destroyed, except the iron stairs, balustrades and 23 of the columns.