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“An interesting slice of history.”
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Beauvoir
Ranked #3 of 55 things to do in Biloxi
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Owner description: 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.
Maumelle, Arkansas
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“An interesting slice of history.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2014

An interesting piece of history, we learned a number of things. The guided tour of the house takes about 30 minutes. There was a carriage ride (which is new and may not always be included. I believe that it's weekends only right now.) which also took 30 minutes. Touring the library will take 20 minutes or so. There's a garden and a cemetery that you can also tour. And there were films that we didn't bother watching, as well as a gift shop with a pretty good selection. You could spend about as much time as you wanted to there. There are also weekend where they preform battle reenactments.

Visited April 2014
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Milton, Florida
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“Good place to visit for history lovers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2014 via mobile

Tour guide was lovely and very knowledgeable with interesting facts not just the run of the mill history stories. Free horse drawn carriage ride around the grounds (tips welcomed). Old cemetery on location worth the walk.

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Columbus, Ohio
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“Interesting, pretty, and odd”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2014

This is Jefferson Davis' house. It's lovely and furnished with period furniture and family artifacts.
The presidential library for the only president of the Confederate States of America is also there.
There was a great historical film on the use of camels by the US military when Jefferson Davis was secretary of war.
However, the gift shop and displays that I saw are a little unbalanced to say the least -- to me, it's more like Gone with the Wind than a historical experience. There's little or no mention of slavery or the root causes of the Civil War in the parts that I saw and in the books in the gift shop. I didn't get much information about Davis or his choice to go with the confederacy, except from the movie.
The tour is $9.50 which is expensive.
The place, like the beaches of Biloxi, is pet unfriendly. There's no shade to park in because the shady spots are reserved for staff. No pets are allowed on the grounds.
The house was beautifully restored again after Katrina. The gardens are ragged but the huge pretty trees survived. Many artifacts were lost in the flooding.

Visited April 2014
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“History worth learning about”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

As a great great grandson of a northern soldier, I found this museum a great learning experience. The Davis home, which is the forefront of this park, was the place that Jefferson Davis, the first and only President of the Confederacy, came to write his memoirs after the Civil War. It is a beautiful old mansion with a history that is as interesting as the man who came to own it. I won't spoil it by telling you.
Davis himself was a complex man that rose to prominance during a difficult time. While most of us northerners have been taught that the war was about slavery, the truth of the matter was that state's rights was foeemost in the minds of people living in the south. Economics of losing travel and markets on the Mississippi also led to the war, with the thought of aboliton coming nearly three years into the conflict.
Although jailed for nearly two years after the war, the government in the north never tried him for treason because they were afraid that he would be acquitted and it might be found that states did have the right to succeed. There is a lesson to be learned by today's society. In 1860 the lack of communication and compromise among national leaders forced a division that was ultimately settled following the deaths of thousands of young men. After visiting the memorial, the question is evident. Is it dangerous for our nation to be led by a President who is unwilling to listen to half the people in the country and refuses to compromise with members of congress? Time will only tell.

Visited April 2014
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West Lafayette, Indiana
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“Beauvoir is worth visiting!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2014

We were staying near Beauvoir, the retirement of of Jefferson Davis, and decided to visit. The home has survived many hurricanes and is still standing. A beautiful home, off the gulf. The education center/library offers three short films on the history of the house and the Davis family. At the time of our visit, an art show was on display and a few historic items from the civil war. There is a cementery is on the grounds, many areas to walk, and wildife.

Visited March 2014
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