Life beyond Hurricane Katrina at Beauvoir

Life beyond Hurricane Katrina at Beauvoir

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina roared ashore and damaged or destroyed so many historic structures on the Coast.

The storm slammed into Beauvoir.

"I came down Beauvoir Road. They let me cross the tracks. I was looking at all the leaves off the trees. It looked like winter in North Mississippi. You could see the shipwreck that was the house. It was teetering in the wind. That thing barely made it," said Beauvoir Executive Director Greg Stewart.

The historic last home of Jefferson Davis had taken a beating. The Presidential Library was in ruins. The grounds at Beauvoir looked like a tsunami rolled through. Katrina's storm surge took a heavy toll.

Beauvoir has opened an exhibit that details the destruction and the ambitious restoration of the historic landmark.

"The house has been restored to its original grandeur. The walls have been painted. The property has gone back to the way the Davis' would have known it in the 1870s and 1890s," according to museum Curator Dennie Spence.

The library has also been rebuilt. After some lean years following Katrina, Beauvoir is starting to see the number of visitors pick up.

"People are coming back. There's excitement. We have more stuff to show. We're over the hump, but we have more to do," said Stewart.

The structure at Beauvoir shows tremendous progress. Historical items have been repaired, but this story is still being written.

"If we keep doing what we're doing and keep the numbers up and expenses down, the future looks bright," Stewart said.

Beauvoir has set a goal to bring back the charter bus service lost after the storm.

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