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Beauvoir, Biloxi

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Historic Site Landmark
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 attraction encompasses more than Jefferson Davis' house and is really fascinating. The grounds are extensive as is the museum. Sadly, we did not allot enough time to really see it all. I would re...  more »
  • We wished we would have had more time to spend there. Some other plans got rearranged while we were in Biloxi so we found ourselves with a few hours to kill. We decided to tour Beauvoir and were so gl...  more »
  • Prepare yourself for a lot of walking. Loved the museum, house tour, graveyard, and history lesson. Only issue I had was with the "animals" on site. Goats is all we saw and they were very unhealthy lo...  more »
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  • Excellent experience. Tour guide was informative, interesting and welcoming of questions. Loved the house, the period pieces, personal belongings of the Davis family, and the impact of/restorations after Katrina. The cemetery was in a lovely setting. Museum was interesting, especially the old Stars and Bars flag. Gift shop had lots of interesting books for all ages. A great visit.
  • An absolutely appalling piece of property idolizing a white supremacist. "If slavery be a sin, it is not yours. It does not rest on your action for its origin, on your consent for its existence. It is a common law right to property in the service of man; its origin was Divine decree." "African slavery, as it exists in the United States, is a moral, a social, and a political blessing." -Davis The Beauvoir is a fantasy land intent on white washing history to present the old, antebellum south in a romantic and endearing light. When you arrive, a row of confederate flags awaits at the entrance with plaques and "historical" markers lining the property. The grounds are well maintained and a significant economic investment has been made by the Son's Of The Confederacy to keep Davis' memory alive. A $100,000 JD statue was added a few years back and the library is massive. Funny how the tour guides never mention his military blunders and failed leadership during the last days of slavery in the south. They quietly ignore the truth while meddling line after line about heritage and history. Their version of history that is.
  • Beautiful place. Love the history and the heritage behind it. They have the archives and the true story of what took place back then and how it really happened. Can't wait to go back with friends from back home.
  • 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.
  • Great tour ! Too bad some people have to post negative comments because slavery wasn't the "highlight" of it. Black people always celebrate their history, but when white people do, it's a problem. Everyone is on the same playing field now, and no one alive today experienced it first hand, so let's move along. Stop passing along all the negativity to your children & maybe we can get somewhere.

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If you come to Biloxi for its major attractions--gambling and live entertainment--book a room at one of the city's casino resorts. They offer every comfort of home plus private swimming pools, workout facilities, spa centers, on-site restaurants, and access to championship golf courses. To stay more affordably, consider one of Biloxi's smaller motels, located near major roads with amenities like cable TV, free Wi-Fi, and secure parking. You can also try one of the area's bed and breakfasts, which provide clean rooms and complimentary southern-style breakfast.
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