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Beauvoir Home and Museum

Beauvoir Home and Museum
Business Name: Beauvoir Home and Museum
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      Beauvoir was the last home of Jefferson Davis and it was the site of his retirement. The house was built by James Brown, a wealthy plantation owner from Madison County, Mississippi. The house was started in late 1848 and was completed in 1852. The house was built as a summer home for his wife and his (eventually 13) children. It was then called Orange Grove, due to the Satsuma Oranges being grown on the property.
     Sarah Dorsey was the next owner of the property and when she first looked out over the Mississippi Sound from the back porch of the house, she said "Oh my, what a beautiful view, that's what I am going to call this property: Beauvoir!" (Which is French for beautiful view or beautiful to look at).

In 1877, Jefferson Davis was looking for a quiet retreat to write his books and papers. While inspecting property on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, he paid a courtesy call on Mrs. Dorsey. He told her of his plans to find a place to write his memoirs. She encouraged him to stay at Beauvoir in one of the two pavilions in front of Beauvoir House to write his books. He agreed, only if he paid $50.00 a month for room and board, he fell in love with the property and he wanted to buy it, a selling price of $5,500.00 dollars. He made the first payment and six months later, Mrs. Dorsey died. He found out he was her sole heir and he eventually inherited the house along with other property.

Jefferson Davis died in 1889. His daughter, Winnie then inherited the property and when she died in 1898, Varina, Jefferson Davis' widow inherited the property. Mrs. Davis sold the property to the Mississippi Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans with two stipulations. The property be used for a Confederate Veterans Home for the veterans and or their widows at no charge to them and that was done from 1903 until 1957. The property be used as a memorial to Jefferson Davis and the Confederate Soldier.






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Phone: 1-(228)-388-4400

Address: 2244 Beach Blvd.

Biloxi, MS. 39531

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