Beauvoir - the final home of Jefferson Davis

Vicksburger

First Sergeant
Joined
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Location
Saint Joseph
I'm so glad they rebuilt one of the dovecotes:
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I do remember seeing pictures of JD's house near Vicksburg (Brierfield) and that he had dovecotes on that property. At the risk of sounding dumb, what was the motivation for having dovecotes on your property? (I realize that later you said this was a water tank).
 

Vicksburger

First Sergeant
Joined
Dec 16, 2011
Location
Saint Joseph
I made a quick visit to Beauvoir today in Biloxi, MS to see the only Confederate Presidential Library and Davis' final homestead. Twas very hot and I had the place pretty much to myself, except for the small crowd that magically showed up just in time for the mansion visit. The library and museum were quite empty and I had time to take plenty of pics, as well as inside the small but ornate summer home. If you ever get down to Biloxi, be sure to stop by, as all ticket sales and donation help keep Beauvoir, privately owned and maintained by the SCV, open.

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Great pictures! I echo what others have said, it looks like a spectacular job of bouncing back from Katrina. Interesting to see the coat he was wearing when he was captured. I would love to go there sometime, but the photos are the next best thing. Thanks for posting!
 
Joined
Sep 28, 2013
Location
Southwest Mississippi
At the risk of sounding dumb, what was the motivation for having dovecotes on your property?
That's not dumb question at all.

And while I don't know the details, from what little I understand ... a dovecote was an elaborate "bird house" for doves or pigeons.
Seems the structures were somewhat of a status symbol in formal antebellum gardens along with providing a food source.
(doves).

They are pretty good if cooked properly.
( a grilled dove breast wrapped in bacon is delicious)

:smile:

(I realize that later you said this was a water tank).
Actually @vmicraig said the staff at Beauvoir told him it was an above ground cistern.
And that would make sense ... as there are no openings on the structure for the birds to nest.
 

Texas Johnny

Private
Joined
Jan 29, 2019
Location
Texas
Thanks for the post, terrific photos. I went there with my wife, daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter in June. While my son-in-law and I toured the house, Presidential Library and grounds, the females went across the street to the beach. I was okay with this as I had forced them all to go to Confederate Memorial Hall in New Orleans the day before. The females begged off going through Beauvoir as they had enough of "Civil War stuff" the day before.
 
They sold pieces of slate shingles that were recovered. I bought a couple.
During my tour of the mansion, the guide said they researched to find the original quarry used back in the early 1800’s. They replaced the shingles with the original material.

Photo of my piece of Shingle from Beauvoir. I think one or both of those notches on the edge are nail holes.
That's a great memento. And thanks for including a pen for scale!
 

infomanpa

2nd Lieutenant
Joined
Feb 18, 2017
Location
Pennsylvania
Interestingly, Davis did not die at his home, but instead died at the Fenner home in New Orleans' Garden District. I remember visiting there.
 
Joined
Feb 4, 2021
Location
Augusta, Richmond, Georgia
I made a quick visit to Beauvoir today in Biloxi, MS to see the only Confederate Presidential Library and Davis' final homestead. Twas very hot and I had the place pretty much to myself, except for the small crowd that magically showed up just in time for the mansion visit. The library and museum were quite empty and I had time to take plenty of pics, as well as inside the small but ornate summer home. If you ever get down to Biloxi, be sure to stop by, as all ticket sales and donation help keep Beauvoir, privately owned and maintained by the SCV, open.

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Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful photographs.
 
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