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Cedar Grove

Location: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Price: $2.9 million
Bedrooms: 30
Bathrooms: N/A
Square Footage: 49,780

This mansion is the site of one of those love stories that would fall in the category of forbidden love in modern times. John Alexander Klein fell for Elizabeth Bartley Day when he was 28 and she was just 14. Being a gentleman, he waited two years to marry her, all the while building Cedar Grove. They took a year-long honeymoon touring Europe, where they collected many furnishings that remain in Cedar Grove today. It took 10 years for construction on the 30-bedroom beast of a home to be complete in 1852.

Further unbelievably romantic details: During the Civil War, General William Tecumseh Sherman (a relative of Elizabeth’s), commandeered Cedar Grove as a Union hospital. For her connection, Elizabeth was snubbed by society after the war. The family fortune was reportedly stashed away in a sideboard in the dining room and thus, preserved throughout the occupation. Finally, a cannonball is said to still be embedded in a parlor wall. The property, now an inn and restaurant, is also said to be haunted.

Dorian Bennett Sotheby's International Realty