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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Beauvoir



We are back on the road  headed to Texas to be with our youngest daughter for her birthday.  Along the way, we plan to do some sightseeing and spend time with friends.

Our first stop was Biloxi, Mississippi.  We have been here several times and have passed the Beauvoir estate with the comment that we really need to visit this place.  So this trip was the charm.  What makes this estate, sitting on the Gulf of Mexico, so compelling is the fact that it was the last home of Jefferson Davis.  He had a long career in service to the United States, but nearly everyone remembers him only as the first and only President of the Confederate States of America.  

The estate itself has a long and interesting history,  The estate was first built in 1848 and contained over 600 acres from the Gulf of Mexico to the inland waters behind it. Unfortunately, hurricane Katrina caused major damage to all the structures and the remaining 51 acres of the property.  The restoration to the pre Katrina condition is ongoing but the main house and two smaller structures and been mostly restored and a Jefferson Davis library has also been built on the property.









After looking through the library, we signed up for the house tour.  As luck would have it, we found ourselves to be the only two waiting for the tour at 11AM.  Our tour guide indicated that since it was just the two of us, we could take the standard house tour or we could talk about anything we might be interested in.  So we spent a very interesting hour listening to a detailed history of Jefferson Davis from his early days through his time at Beauvoir and death.  It was particularly powerful to hear this in the last place that he lived. 







After this, we joined the next large group for the standard tour with a general history of the home and its owners thru the years.  I have included several links for those that might be interested in more details of this history.  In 1876, the estate owner became aware of the difficulties that plagued Jefferson Davis since his release from federal prison and offered him a home.  He accepted and in 1879 arranged to purchase the estate.  He lived here with his family until his death in 1889 during a trip to New Orleans.  






After his death, his family lived in the home for several years and then the property was sold to a organization known as the Sons of the Confederacy. For a number of years the property was used as an old age home for former Confederate soldiers and veterans of other wars.  Many of them and their family members are buried in a cemetery on the property.



The cemetery is also the site for the grave of the unknown Confederate Soldier of the Confederacy. 
  

You are free to explore the entire 51acres and enjoy some of the animals that currently have the run of the property.





This is truly a gem that should not be missed.

14 comments:

Gail Houle said...

Great tour, thanks! I sure wasn't expecting to see that camel :)

Paul and Marsha Weaver OCT. 17, 2009 said...

Finally....we go through that area all the time and also said we need to visit Beauvoir. Thanks for the great tour. I love that long sitting porch. The house looks absolutely gorgeous inside. Now we must see it up close and personal.

How interesting that they used the property for an old age home. Would have never thought of that.

Enjoy your visit with your daughter.

Wanderin' said...

What a great place to visit. I would love to wander through there and stroll across the yard. I bet you just feel the history!

Sherry said...

How smart you were to do your own personal tour and then the group tour. You definitely learned and saw a lot. Very interesting and lovely pictures. I'm glad he had such a nice place to spend his final years. Such a tragic part of our history.

Judith Bell said...

I volunteered at Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR two years, and never visited that site. I should have. :(

John Hedges said...

Safe travels and as you get into Texas be sure and holler if you get to the Mission area.

The BooneDocks said...

We were not aware of Beauvoir until your blog.

Gypsy said...

The house and grounds looks like a beautiful place. It was great to have your own special tour guide.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Thanks for the tip, I had not know about this place and would have passed it by. Now we'll stop and visit next time we're out that way.

Erin Erkun said...

The day we tried to visit Beauvoir last year, they were closed for a special event. Oh well ... next time. Thanks for the tour in the meantime.

Bob and Jo said...

Great tour, added to our list.

Rick Doyle said...

Thanks for a great group of photos of a beautiful estate. I enjoyed the history about the place as well as I always wondered what happened to Jefferson Davis. I guess he was kind of lucky not to be hanged for treason instead of just spending a few years in jail.

Linda said...

I so enjoyed this tour!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

Sweet Meanderings said...

What a beautiful place! And they let you take photos inside the house! I really must visit when I get that way again.
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