Historic Beauvoir Offers Relief From Razzle-Dazzle

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BILOXI -- Amid the razzle-dazzle casino action luring busloads of visitors to this burgeoning Gulf Coast community is a 57-acre oasis of tranquility and history, the Beauvoir National Historic Landmark.

Here clients will find the last home of Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy, who lived here from the late 1870s until his death in 1889.

Now a museum, Beauvoir was erected in 1851 on land fronting the Mississippi Sound by James Brown, a planter and entrepreneur in whose family it remained until 1873, when it was sold to Sarah Dorsey.

It was Mrs. Dorsey who ultimately invited Davis to write his Civil War memoirs at Beauvoir, and so taken with the property was he that he bought it in 1879 for $5,500.

Beauvoir stayed in the family until 1903, ultimately became a home for Confederate veterans and in 1941, after two years of restoration, was opened to the public as a museum.

The facility hosts several special events every year, such as Spring Pilgrimage in March, Confederate Memorial Day on the last Saturday in April, Fall Muster on the third weekend of October and Candlelight Christmas.

Visitors to Beauvoir can take a self-guided tour of the facility, which includes a 29-minute videotape.

In addition, groups are offered partially assisted or fully assisted tours of the property.

Candlelight events, which are marketed to convention and reunion groups, can be scheduled for $6.50 per person for a minimum of 100 guests.

The museum, which houses a vast collection of Davis memorabilia as well as Civil War artifacts, offers special rates of $4.25 per person ($2.50 per child) for groups of 20 or more.

Regular admission costs $6 ($3.50 for children age 5 and younger).

Beauvoir is open year-round, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. after Labor Day weekend through February and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 1 through Labor Day weekend.

For more information on the museum, which is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 90 (Beach Boulevard) and Beauvoir Road, call (601) 388-9074.

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