Beauvoir as it is seen through the magnificent live oak trees on the plantation grounds. This estate was the post-Civil War home of Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States of America.
Constructed in 1848 on the Gulf Coast at Biloxi, Mississippi, it was the home of Sarah Ellis Dorsey when she learned of Jefferson Davis’ money difficulties after the war. She invited him to visit the plantation and offered him a cottage near the main house in which to live while working on his memoirs. A few years later, when she learned that she was ill with cancer, she rewrote her will leaving him her entire estate.
After Jefferson Davis’ death in 1889, his widow and youngest daughter continued to live here until they moved to New York City in 1891. It was finally sold in 1902 to the Mississippi Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and was used as a Confederate veterans home until the very last Confederate veteran passed away in 1953. The main house was then turned into a museum.
In 1998, a Presidential Library was built on the grounds. There is also a Confederate National Cemetery located here.
Copyright 2019 Susan Rissi Tregoning
December 20th, 2019
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