Grounds of last home of Confederate president reopen to tourists


BILOXI, Miss. – For the first time since Hurricane Katrina, parts of the last home of Jefferson Davis have reopened to tourists.

The Beauvoir museum was destroyed in August 2005. Yesterday the grounds and a temporary exhibit in the gift shop reopened, after extensive repairs.

The Beauvoir house itself won’t open to the public until June 3rd, which is Jefferson Davis’ birthday.

Museum Curator Richard Flowers isn’t just telling visitors about the history of the Confederacy. Now he’s also telling the story of Katrina.

The exhibit in the gift shop is free, but visitors do have to pay for a tour of the grounds to see how Katrina affected the 52 acres.

Flowers says the work is continuing. He says the museum isn’t fully back and won’t be for a while but that it feels great to have people back in on the property.