Beauvoir
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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About
Home of Ex-Confederate President of the Confederate States of America where he lived his remaining 12 years of his life (post-war) and where he wrote "The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government." Golf Carts are now available to rent. Guided tour of the home showing how life was lived by the President and his family and self guided grounds (Varina's Garden, Cemetery, and nature trail), Museum, separated into 3 sections: Rotating Gallery, Soldier's Exhibit, and President Davis Exhibit. Research Library including reference books to accommodate most genealogy research focused on the Civil War.
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  • Jack Miller
    New Orleans, Louisiana341 contributions
    Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library is a must visit!
    An amazing place to visit. Full of history and southern culture. It has the former home of President Jefferson Davis, and his Presidential Library. Also has an exhibition of civil war history. A must visit!
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 2, 2023
  • Rick J
    Victoria, Texas118 contributions
    Well worth your time
    A lot of great history here. We recommend watching the movie first and the taking the tour of the house. The tour was very good but the movie filled in some blanks about the grounds. Don’t miss the museum and library upstairs. It’s not huge but it was full of surprises and things that we did not know or had not seen. The staff was very friendly. We got there kind of late in the day but they let us take as much time as we wanted to see everything including walking around the grounds.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 4, 2023
  • marann7
    Mount Pulaski, Illinois141 contributions
    An Interesting Tour!
    This was a very nice place to visit. Be sure to take the tour. The guide was full of information! After the tour you are free to roam the grounds. There is a Confederate cemetery in the back. The library has some nice exhibits. The front porch view is beautiful!
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 19, 2023
  • Meowy
    Montgomery, Alabama562 contributions
    More than the House
    Took a tour of Beauvoir while in Biloxi and enjoyed the experience. The site is more than just the house, but the library, cemetery and grounds with multiple little other buildings. The house tour is every hour and lasts about 50 minutes. The guides are really into it and tell a lot of the history. The problem with the tour was that you do not get to tour most of the house. You get told some history on the front porch, enter and see the main hall and then out the back of the house. I wished I could have seen more of the house itself. The grounds are amazing and worth another hour or so of your time. You could probably spend most of your day here if history is your thing. The view overlooking the Gulf is truly a beautiful view.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 16, 2023
  • Erik L
    Marion, Illinois222 contributions
    Excellent Historic site
    We spent a morning on the house tour alone. Had to come back the next day to tour the grounds and Presidential Library and they didn't charge us again! History buffs will spend an entire day here. Well worth the fee and you need to allow at least 4 hours.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 11, 2023
  • Freedom291634
    1 contribution
    Presidential Tour one of the best in the U.S..
    The Presidential Tour at the Beauvoir estate and museum was excellent. Our tour guide Evelyn was a fantastic source of information and went out of her way to share lesser known points of interest. Plan on several hours as you will be driven (via golf cart) extensively around the property without rushing. The visit there was quite enjoyable. FYI, the tickets for the Presidential should be reserved 24 hours in advance through the website. We did not do so but Ms. Evelyn was kind enough to add us on. She will keep you interested and entertained with her southern charm and humor.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Mrs. Romence
    Grand Rapids, Michigan125 contributions
    Be Sure To Visit Beauvoir!
    This place is a beautiful piece of history. We arrived just in time for the guided tour of the house and grounds and we were very glad that we did. The house is original but the two side houses were destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and very gregarious. The grounds include the main house, two side houses, a library/museum, a huge garden area, a confederate cemetery, and many walking paths throughout the grounds. The tour was of the main house only, you are able to walk through the museum/library and the rest of the grounds yourself. We spent about two hours here walking through the grounds and museum. The tour lasted approximately thirty minutes. To purchase tickets, you can purchase them online or visit the museum gift shop and purchase them there. This place is a wonderful experience. I highly recommend that you visit this home if you are in the area, you will definitely learn something new even if you are already well versed in the Civil War. Thank you Beauvoir!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 11, 2023
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Jayboy4
DeLand, FL174 contributions
Feb 2020
Beauvoir is the retirement estate for Jeff Davis, and the organization provides a tour of the house and cottage he last worked in, a museum, grounds, and access to the Confederate cemetery used when the house served as an old Confederate folks’ home. The $12.50 per head fee gets you access to all of it. The house tour is the thing. Our docent, Teresa (sp?) was well-prepared and gave us a breathless download of information on all the aspects of the house and furnishings. As it was us and one other couple, we probably could have interacted more if we wanted. Katrina did bad things to the house and it seems work continues to recover. There were many apparently-genuine artifacts left over from Jeff and his families’ time there, which is always good to see in these types of presentations. The museum was ok, but not spectacular. Not too many authentic artifacts, but the building itself was very nice and modern having been built post-Katrina. Various films in places to inform. Cemetery out back is nicely done and maintained; take a hike out there if that’s your thing. The drives and parking lots are still gravel, be prepared if attending during weather.
Written February 4, 2020
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Hunter747
Bowling Green, KY115 contributions
Dec 2020
We had visited Beauvoir last in 2001 (pre-Katrina). This time, we had a high school history teacher in tow, and this was a must do during our visit to Biloxi. We had a very mixed experience.

Positives - for anyone interested in the history of this period (which should be most, but I digress) Beauvoir should be visited. Since Katrina, they have greatly expanded on the visitor center and added some very interesting pieces. Jefferson Davis is not a topic very well studied or taught, and his life was very interesting to say the least.

Negative - the tour. Wow. Do not go unless (a) you have been COVID vaccinated or (b) you just dont care about your (or anyone else's) health. In our group there were approx 30 people, and the tour guid commented that is was the largest group he ever had. So of course wanted a group photo. In the days of social distancing, that did NOT go over well with some of our group. Then in the first room on the tour, herded everyone into a room that barely held all of them and specifically said "hey you dont have to wear your mask". At which point half of the people in the group removed their masks. For the remainder who are concerned about such things, it was very distressing. My group lasted about 5 minutes, then went off and explored the grounds on their own.

Overall, I would recommend going but do not go on the tour if you are concerned about social distancing. If you are, wait for a better time.
Written December 30, 2020
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bearkat1
Fort worth25 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
The grounds are small but upkept. Walked in to a tour starting so decided to take it. We were told to meet on porch at 10am and at 1015 still waiting. Finally the guide opened the door, never said hello, started a sad tour and sat In a chair saying if any questions just ask that's how he did the tour. 10 people walked aimlessly in 4 rooms its was pathetic. Finally after some went outside bored to death he took us to the porch showed 3 rooms then stood and stared at us. People started going down to the yard and he just ruend and shut the door never said thank you , good bye , not a word.
I hate to see historic places not supported but the staff need drastic improvement or don't waste your time and money.
Written March 15, 2021
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highlandbeachflorida
Highland Beach, FL1,739 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
The Heritage home named Beauvoir and newly built Museum of the US Confederate President Jefferson Davis offer the visitor
A view into his life.
The history of the home is brought to life by an experienced in house guide.
The adjacent Museum houses many historical artefacts.

Written May 7, 2021
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Yalonda M
9 contributions
May 2022 • Family
I love learning about historic sites and this activity did not disappoint. You have a guided tour of the main house which consists of 9 rooms, and a library. A self guided tour of the gardens and then finish up with a stroll through the museum in the second floor of the visitor center. The guide was very informative about the artifacts and the house, and the museum is informative about everything else! Money well spent!
Written May 19, 2022
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Mrs. Romence
Grand Rapids, MI125 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
This place is a beautiful piece of history. We arrived just in time for the guided tour of the house and grounds and we were very glad that we did. The house is original but the two side houses were destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and very gregarious. The grounds include the main house, two side houses, a library/museum, a huge garden area, a confederate cemetery, and many walking paths throughout the grounds. The tour was of the main house only, you are able to walk through the museum/library and the rest of the grounds yourself. We spent about two hours here walking through the grounds and museum. The tour lasted approximately thirty minutes. To purchase tickets, you can purchase them online or visit the museum gift shop and purchase them there. This place is a wonderful experience. I highly recommend that you visit this home if you are in the area, you will definitely learn something new even if you are already well versed in the Civil War. Thank you Beauvoir!
Written November 11, 2023
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MississippiBobcat
Brandon, MS100 contributions
Nov 2020 • Friends
This is a historical treasure. It is a look back at a bygone era of American and Southern history. The collections of weapons and clothing is fascinating as is the the actual home. Some areas need some repairs and it is sad that the State of Mississippi puts almost no money into the upkeep of the facility. At only 12.50 a ticket, it is worth the visit
Written November 24, 2020
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Jean H
Pleasant Prairie, WI296 contributions
Mar 2021
It's nice to tour old houses, but even better when you have a docent to talk about the house, its structure, the owners/residents, and the historic significance. Beauvoir was the last residence of Jefferson Davis after the Civil War, and the location where he wrote his memoirs. The construction of the house was interesting, using cypress trees and stone as the foundation, since cypress trees live in water, so won't rot, and stones helped keep the termites away. Interesting details include the fact that the interior doors are actually made from cypress trees, but painted to look like oak, since oak has a more desirable appearance. Similarly, the intricate ceiling design is not paper, but a painted on fresco. Much of the furnishes belonged to the original owner, while some pieces are replicas. The neighboring Museum houses Davis's Presidential Library. The building includes information on the impact from Hurricane Katrina.
Written June 5, 2021
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Mike32162
The Villages, FL2 contributions
Aug 2021
Not until after researching the trip, making the trip to Biloxi, and paying the entrance fee and making my way to the house, did I learn that most of the house was not avaialable for tour due to reburbishment. Let's be fair and be up-front with the facts. The tour director talked for about 12 minutes, much of which was hard to believe and just not factual. I, and the only other couple that attendded, were very disappointed and left the house disgusted. Check it out and ask the "right" questions before going.
Written September 2, 2021
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patandsandi
Fuquay Varina72 contributions
Mar 2020
The gentleman who led our "tour" was waaaay to verbal. We stood on the porch of the home for twenty minutes listening to him before the door even opened to the home. Once inside he went on, and on, and on, and on, about this not even remotely related to Jefferson Davis. We finally got fed up, opened the door and left. It wasn't worth the money. The house and grounds are alright, nothing exceptional but worth a visit if you can avoid the tour.
Written March 8, 2020
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