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The location: The King of Mississippi's Mansion
Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?
The palatial home of the vampire King of Mississippi.
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
Q. When did we see it on the show?
A. In the third season.
first see the estate in Episode 3 ("It Hurts Me Too")
We see it again, several times, in subsequent episodes, including Episode 5 ("Trouble"), where Tara is being held prisoner there by the crazy, love-starved vampire, Franklin.
We get a good view of the house when Tara attempts to escape, as she flees across the wide lawn, only to be brought down by one of the King's werewolves.
It's here that Tara kills Franklin in his sleep (at least, she thinks she does), and where Sookie stakes Lorena to stop her from torturing & killing Bill.
It's also here that Eric murders the King's lover, Talbot, during sex.
Q. What is it actually, in real life?
An antebellum mansion.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. The King of Mississippi's home actually is in Mississippi - and is an historic site.
To be more precise, it is the Longwood mansion, at 140 Lower Woodville Road, in Natchez, Mississippi, near the Louisiana border.
But while the exterior is beautiful, don't expect to see the glamorous interior seen on the show.
Built in 1858 by a wealthy plantation owner (Howard Nutt), using over a million bricks, it is billed as "the largest octagonal house in the USA". Well, at least they started building it.
The mansion is also known as "Nutt’s Folly", because they never finished it.
The Civil War broke out in the middle of construction, and the workers abandoned the effort. Only the basement had been finished, and the work was never completed. Today, most of the house's interior still remains little more than an empty shell.
you visit, you can take a guided tour of the house.)
A. I was fortunate on this one. The local media reported on the filming while it was still underway, long before the episodes even aired. Here's an early article about the filming, from the Natchez Democrat.
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