Reed Travel Features
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
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
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
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
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
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.