Thursday, March 9, 2017

Historic Beauvoir House....

Our Location: Magic River Rv Resort, Long Beach, Mississippi

A warm night followed by a great day with lots of blue skies, warm temps and little wind. Tonight seems to be a repeat of last night!

Jefferson Davis Presidential Library and Museum

Up at the fire shortly before 6 a.m. to see the usual faces, Buzz, and Mac followed by the regulars in a staggering line. ~laugh~ The chatter was constant and the discussions varied. Jerry, Ron, Linda, Pete, Pat, Swilly, Amanda, and Robert all put in an appearance this morning. 

Glass section in the floor between first and second floor in the Museum

Home by 8:30 am to find that Riley had bagged up the garbage, washed the dishes and had a shower all before I managed to get home. Busy lady she was!!!!! So sweet to do all that work by herself. 

Piano in the museum near the Library.

After breakfast we headed out for a walk, doing 2 miles before we called it off. Both of us were kind of tired at that point. Climbed into the Dogsled to head off for a tour of the Jefferson Davis house known as Beauvoir House in Biloxi. I've toured it before but Riley hasn't so we thought it would be interesting. The fee of $12.50 each covered everything on the grounds. The museum and Presidential Library are new since my last visit a few years ago but the 'house' was the same with a great Docent to lead us thru. He was a fun fellow that encouraged interaction, questions and engaged us often. At one point I ended up as a Volunteer! ~laugh~ Why are the door handles so low on the doors? Because men were required to be gallant and with the handles so low they had to bow to open the door and therefore bowed to the young lady in their company. Chivalry is not dead in the deep south at Beauvoir house. The Docent bowed to me while instructing me to lead the troops out and to the left.   Jim was a delight to lead us through the house and explain all the answers to all questions, even if he didn't know the answer. ~laugh~ 

The funeral carriage that carried Jefferson Davis' body.

Riley and I wandered to the cemetery before we took the tour of the house and ran into another Docent in period dress that talked a great deal about the deep south, the gardens, Beauvoir house and many other things. While a kindly woman I was happy to get away from her as she talked way too much!!!

Cannon, balls, confederate flag in the Museum.

The house was built by Mr. Brown, a rich plantation owner who used it as his summer house for 3 months out of the year. Two separate cottages grace each side of the mansion. One was a schoolhouse/library and the other was a guest cottage used at that time by visiting clergy to the area, latter as a guest house in which J. Davis stayed for 2 years. Both of these cottages were destroyed by Katrina and rebuilt. The marble arches that once graced the front yard were destroyed by Katrina and the larger rescued pieces of marble were made into a smaller arch that now graces the cemetery in the back. Mr Brown sold it to Mrs. Darcy, owner when Jeff Davis used the guest cottage. Mrs. Darcy and Mrs. Jefferson Davis knew each other from 'finishing' school and were about the same age. Mrs. Darcy sold the house to the Davis'. 

View from the front porch of the house.

The cemetery holds confederate soldiers, any family member that may have died at the this location (when it was a Hospital for the confederate soldiers) and even some servants. The cemetery also holds the body of Samuel Davis, Jefferson Davis' father who was fought in the Revolutionary War. The tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier is also located there. 
The grand staircase!
We spent a couple of hours at this place enjoying the sights and tours. We would strongly recommend a visit to the place if you are in the area, it is well worth the time and money. 
Jefferson Davis' father's clock.
From there we headed homeward but stopped a a Surf Style just because we could. We both decided against a Wally run today for a couple of reasons. Home we managed to find some lunch, I sat outside reading for a while this afternoon, taking a chair to the pond's edge to sit in the sun. After that it was reading inside for a while, then close up the place as night is falling. 
Tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier.
Dinner was pasta since we haven't had it for a while. It was good, broad noodles with various kinds of cheese. Yummy. We left the dishes again tonight. I'm just exhausted tonight for some reason! 
Ceiling in the back parlour/library.
So there you have it, thanks for stopping by, feel free to leave a comment. Until next safe, take care...

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