History discovered during Beauvoir restoration

By David Elliott – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Hurricane Katrina severely damaged, but did not destroy Beauvoir. The restoration of the historic last home of Jefferson Davis is complete.

Beauvoir was built in 1848 and purchased by Davis, the only President of the Confederacy in 1879. in 2005, Katrina pushed a 24 foot storm surge onto the grounds at Beauvoir.

"We had a foot of water in the house which has never happened in the 160 years since Beauvoir has existed," tour guide Rosie Boardman tells visitors.

A specialist in historic restoration was brought in to help bring Beauvoir back from the ruin of Katrina. He made some interesting discoveries.

"We found that every color in the house had changed," Curator Richard Flowers said. "Not one color or finish was right after 160 years. Now we have it back to the way it was."

All of the rooms are now painted in the same colors builder James Brown used when he built his spectacular summer home in 1848. So now when people visit Beauvoir they are truly stepping back in time.

"We wanted to make sure the colors were true to the time Davis lived here and Brown built the house," Flowers said.

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