BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Peacocks are prancing around the grounds. Sheep are grazing in the grass. Goats are eating out of visitor's hands. It sounds like a trip down on the farm, but it's actually the scene at Beauvoir, the historic last home of Jefferson Davis.
Beauvoir has brought in the animals and a mule drawn carriage to help transport visitors back to the 19th century.
"This is exactly how it was. They had peacocks, goats and sheep, along with carriages," said Beauvoir Administrator Greg Stewart.
Stewart is trying to create a family friendly environment for the Gulf Coast attraction by re-creating an atmosphere that existed there when the Davis family called Beauvoir home.
"A lot of tourists have children. It makes it easier to bring the kids here and they love it. They jump out of the car and they're enthusiastic about being here," Stewart said.
Then there's Varina's Garden. Beauvoir has planted flowers and fruit trees on the property replicating Mrs. Davis's 19th century garden.
"The Davis family kept records about what was planted and where it was planted. The state Department of Archives and History has it all mapped out, so this is authentic," Stewart said.
The garden sits just west of the Davis Presidential Library. The animals roam freely. The peacocks are particularly popular. Beauvoir is trying to give visitors an authentic journey back in time.