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Beauvoir, Biloxi

Categories: Historic Sites, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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3.9/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web
Jefferson Davis, the only Confederate president, spent the last 12 years of his life at Beauvoir. Davis retired to the plantation estate following the Union's victory in the Civil War. Explore the home and grounds on your own, or take a guided tour. The 20.6 hectare (51 acre) site includes a Civil War museum, Davis's library, and a confederate cemetery, which contains the Tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier. The property suffered significant damage during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but continues to be a worthwhile stop. Davis's former home appears on the National Register of Historic Places and is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. By using our Biloxi vacation trip planner, you can arrange your visit to Beauvoir and other attractions in Biloxi.
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  • This is a good educational field trip. It was not really exciting. It would be beneficial if a guide took visitors around the grounds instead of just showing the house. A guide for the museum would al...  read more »
  • I am very much a lover of history and this house and museum have many stories to tell. The museum was full of some amazing artifacts and had a lot of very informative videos to watch. The actual home ...  read more »
  • This stately Southern mansion is beautiful to see and wonderful to tour. It has been masterfully restored after the damage by Katrina. The two cottages outside were destroyed and now fully restored. T...  read more »
  • Biloxi was the capital of French Louisiana until 1720, when French fears that something just like Katrina would occur caused them to move their capital to what they believed would be a safer city. Before congratulating the French on their foresight, please be aware that they moved their capital to New Orleans. Biloxi’s main street is Beach Boulevard (US 90) and it runs alongside the waterfront from one end of the city to the other. Prior to the arrival of Katrina, both sides of Beach Boulevard were fully developed. On the beachfront side, casinos and restaurants were very much in evidence. On the opposite side, there were many antebellum mansions. We toured one such mansion. Its name is Beauvoir and was the home of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, for the final years of his life. It subsequently became a retirement home for confederate veterans and, when the passage of time had removed these old soldiers from the scene, Beauvoir became the presidential library of Jefferson Davis. There is also a museum on site and the Tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier. The room used by Jefferson Davis as his bedroom has spectacular sea views. The sunsets are unforgettable as is shown by the one captured by Pat in the attached photograph. It is ironic to think of the defeated Davis spending his old age enjoying such beauty, when the victor of the US Civil War (Abraham Lincoln) had been murdered a quarter of a century earlier. We also saw the bedroom of Winnie, youngest daughter of Mr & Mrs Jefferson Davis, who had moved into Beauvoir with her parents in 1879. Winnie was a great favorite at confederate rallies, which she would attend with her father in the 1880s. She even became known as “The Daughter of the Confederacy”. She then fell in love with a Yankee attorney from New York City. He was Fred Wilkerson and he travelled to Biloxi to ask Jefferson Davis for Winnie’s hand in marriage. Wilkerson’s family had strong abolitionist connections. The engagement caused such an outcry across the American South that the proposed marriage never took place. Poor Winnie died unmarried at the age of 34.
  • Loved the tour. The guides were awesome. Loved the house very much. Great library also.
  • Nice museum with lots of interesting stuff to see. I liked the guided tour very much.
  • I was at Beauvoir On March 3rd, what happens there so disturbed me that I feel compelled to write this review 3 weeks later. Our guide said, "now I am going to tell you about Katrina" he proceeded to tell us about how they had refurbished the linens and furniture upholstery ,how they had to send it all the way to Virginia to specialists in the field. He then asked"does anyone have any questions?" A woman who was accompanying her elderly Veteran father said" I noticed the wood doors seem to have been repainted and repaired , was that done as well? And the guide looked at her like he HATED her and said in a loud voice " DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT KATRINA ! " She said no, I guess I don't. It was the most hideous behavior . I was just appalled. I was so embarrassed by his behavior but to afraid to speak up ! Not a single person asked a single question after that. This experience has totally drowned out the history of the house, the grave yard, even the beautiful grounds. A woman in the gift shop asked her how she liked the tour and she said she liked it very much but didn't care for the guide, when asked why she said, " I just cant talk about it " and left with tears in her eyes! It may be true, they don't care for you if you are from the north, This lady did nothing , but her accent said Midwest.
  • Wouldn't waste money going to this place the house is nice and all but the staff wasn't the best and the tourguids sounded like they just learned the information they were telling you a couple of days ago they tell about the owners of the house and but never once did they mention the slaves the slave shacks and how they helped build the house waste of time and money
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