After we did the wash and had lunch on Friday, we made the 20 mile drive over to Biloxi to see
Jefferson Davis House. The home is right on Beach Boulevard, 50 yards from the water, which took a lot of Katrina damage in 2005.
The Beavoir (French for Beautiful View) house was originally constructed in 1848-1852 by wealthy businessman James Brown who built it as a summer home. In 1873 Sarah Dorsey bought it an lived there with her brother. Jefferson Davis had been to Biloxi and liked the area and was invited to stay on the grounds to write his memoirs. Davis arranged to buy the property in 1879. Dorsey died after Davis made the first of three payments toward the $5500 purchase price. Dorsey left Davis the property in her will.
Jefferson Davis, wife Varina and their daughter Winnie moved into the house and stayed their until his death in 1889. Varina and her daughter moved to New York in 1891. Beavoir became the property of the Mississippi Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans when Varina died in 1898. From 1903 until 1957 over 2500 veterans and their families lived on the grounds where dozens of buildings housed them.
Public tours of the main home began in 1941 and the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library was constructed in 1998. It damaged in Katrina so badly it was torn down and is being rebuilt.
We bought our tickets in the gift shop and walked along the path past a statute and historical marker before we made it to the front porch.
Beavoir has very tall ceilings and the main portion of the house is the largest room going from the front to the back porch. It is a very wide hallway/room about 20 feet across.
Adjacent to the reception room was the library where Jefferson Davis did a lot of reading and writing.
In the back were his and Varina's bedrooms.
Off to the side house on the right about 100 yards away, you could see the construction progressing for the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library and Museum.
Thanks for joining on the Roadrunner Chronicles today. Hope you are warm where you are.