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Beauregard-Keyes House
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Owner description: Occupants of this historic house, now a museum, included Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard and novelist Frances Parkinson Keyes.
Reviewed June 27, 2013

We loved the insight into the many characters whose lives intersected with this lovely old house. It is pretty amazing that it was built in 1826 and is in such remarkable shape.

I started reading some of Frances Parkinson Keyes books and found them fun and interesting too !

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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Our tour guide was great! The house and grounds are beautiful with an interesting history. They do Groupons occasionally. Worth a trip!

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Reviewed May 26, 2013

Very interesting tour of a house once owned by General Beauregard and later by the author Frances Parkinson Keyes. The tour was very hands on - we were allowed to touch items which is very unusual for a historic house tour.

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Reviewed May 23, 2013

I took this tour March 2012. It was very interesting and informative. Great way to learn about the history. The tour guide was very knowledgable and was able to answer all questions that was asked. Beautiful home and great courtyard. CHEAP TOUR TOO!! Can't beat it

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Reviewed May 13, 2013

This is definitely among the best of the historic homes to visit in the quarter, and one of the best values too. For under 10 bucks you can get a private tour--not bad.

The Beauregard-Keyes House was built in 1826 for wealthy auctioneer Joseph LeCarpentier and is an example of a raised center hall house. Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant (P.G.T.) Beauregard was a New Orleans native who ordered the first shots of the Civil War fired on Fort Sumter, South Carolina. He lived in the house 1866-1868 while he was president of the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad. Frances Parkinson Keyes was the distinguished author of more than fifty books and short story collections who lived and wrote here for more than 25 years, nearly a century after Beauregard.

The interior is just shy of 5,000 square feet, with 2 bedrooms, a large parlor, ballroom, and a rectangular dining room whose floor is slightly off level. Pictures of the family adorn the walls, which the tour guide did a good job of explaining. The Beauregard chambers feature many of the original furnishings used by the General and his family, including an old grand piano, hand fans, Keyes' 200+ doll collection, armoires, chests/drawers, etc.. The first bedroom is interesting, in that there is no wall behind the bed--slip behind it and enter the second bedroom just like the servants once did.

The brick-walled garden features a lovely cast iron fountain and boxwood hedges. The quarters in the back of the house is where Keyes wrote all her novels and has quite a view of the courtyard.

Definitely worth it, but if you're looking for a larger house and more extensive history check out the Hermann or Gallier House.

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