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Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library
224 Beach Blvd, Biloxi MS 39531
This was Confederate President Jefferson Davis's last home, chosen as a quiet place to write. He moved to the estate in 1877 and lived here until his death in 1889. Site visits include the Jefferson Davis Soldiers' Home Cemetery with 780 Confederate veterans graves. Open daily with guided tours 9 am–4:30 pm. $12.50/adult.
Rosemont Plantation, Home of President Jefferson Davis
Located 1 mile east of Woodville on Route 24E
This was the family home of young Jefferson Davis. The future Confederate president spent time here after his parents established the plantation in 1810 and where, he said, “my memories began.” Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am–4 pm. $10/adult.
Located on West Ship Island, part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, accessible only by private boat or passenger ferry (one hour, one way)
228-875-9057 extension 4100 (ranger programs)
This fort was begun in 1859 and completed in 1866. Confederates occupied the fort briefly, but Union forces regained control in late 1861. The fort became a staging area for the campaign against New Orleans and later Mobile. See the park website for information about commercial ferry service from Gulfport to the island (April–October).
Famed worldwide for its collection of antebellum homes, Natchez offers visitors glimpses into the lives of mid-19th-century families, rich and poor, in this Mississippi River town. General visitor information and details about historic homes and tours:
Natchez National Historical Park
601-446-5790 or 601-446-7970 (Melrose)
This park operates two historic homes. Melrose, a classic Southern mansion dating from the 1840s, sits on 80 acres and offers insights into pre-war plantation life. The William Johnson House in downtown Natchez was built by a free black barber in 1840 and features insights to that side of life in the city. The grounds at Melrose are open 8:30 am–5 pm daily. Guided tours ($10/adult) of the home begin 10 am. Tours of the Johnson House are free and are offered daily 9 am–4:30 pm (limited during lunchtime).
Other historic homes open to the public include Rosalie and Longwood and Stanton Hall.
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