Bed & Breakfast Gets New Distinction

A little-known piece of information has given new historical significance to one of Biloxi's oldest homes.

The owners of the Old Santini House Bed and Breakfast say they just found out that a relatively unknown Confederate general and former Ole Miss chancellor spent his last years at the house.

Owner Jim Dunay says General Alexander Stewart died on the property in 1908. Dunay says from the information uncovered by Biloxi genealogist Murella Powell, Stewart was well respected by his men but shied away from the limelight.

Dunay says the historic trivia gives the Old Santini House a new designation.

"Since we found out about this Civil War information, we ended up being on the Historic Inns Network of the Civil War Preservation Trust," Dunay said. "We've decorated our cottage in the back, which was our honeymoon cottage, it is now the General Alexander Stewart cottage."

Dunay says the rooms in the bed and breakfast are named for Confederate officers known to have a connection to General Stewart and to Joseph Santini who was also in the Confederate army.