DAVE & REBECCA'S BIG ADVENTURE travel blog

Our setup on site #56

Our setup on site #56

One of Biloxy’s landmarks

About the lighthouse

We stop and take a break along the boardwalk

A view of a portion of the 26 miles of Mississippi beaches

It’s a long pier

We go to the Biloxi visitors center, near the lighthouse

About the storm damage and storm surge

Storm surge, red mark, of Hurricane Katrina

the area was discovered by French Canadian explorer

About d’Iberville

Elvis Presly’s suede shirt

Elvis

Bo Diddley guitar

Bo Diddley

Charlie Rich sweater

Charlie Rich

Around town

Around town

We go to Jefferson Davis’ last home

We arrive to Jefferson Davis’ Presidential library and home

Jefferson Davis

The porch of Beauvoir

Beauvoir from the street

View of the Presidential Library from the porch of Beauvoir

Our tour guide, Donna showing of the inside of the home.

The formal living room, painting of Davis over the fireplace

Painting of Davis

One of the play rooms

Painting of Varina

Our tour guide, Donna tells us several interesting stories about the family

Jefferson Davis and two sons

Fabulous mural along the beach

After hurricane Katrina the Shark is back....

We bought some seafood, cheese, bread, beer for our “dinner on the...

Our dinner on the beach

We toss bits of bread in the air for the gulls to...

Out of bread, everyone takes a break.... They’re still hopeful...

The community has come back nicely after Katrina, this beach was decimated.

About the beaches....

We eagerly wait for sunset

A Panoramic photo of the beach area


We drove the 192 miles from Eglin AFB to this Navy Base NCBC (Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport.) This is a training base for the SeaBee’s of the Navy. They build and repair bases during war or contingencies. This is a nice military FAMCAMP with FHU sites, level pads that are BIG. We are here for three nights and will drive down the beach highway to see a couple things.

Last time we were here, shortly after hurricane Katrina, Beauvoir was in disrepair with no tours being conducted. This time we wanted to take the opportunity to visit. We are so glad we did, as we learned so much about the man and the legend of Jefferson Davis. The stunning home of Jefferson Davis, the only President of the Confederate States of America is now 51 acres of the original 600 acres. The home was built by businessman James Brown using slave labor and hired craftsmen taking four years to construct. A single-story home was constructed of cypress and heart pine with a roof of Welsh slate. The raised design, along with the porches, tall windows, high ceilings and the arrangement of the rear wings, promoted ventilation. The house was elevated on 62 eight-foot tall brick piers to provide antebellum air conditioning - not to avoid high water. But, elevating the house saved it from the storm surge of Camille and Katrina. The heavy slate roof is sealed around the edges and so constructed that high winds blow the slate roof down on the house rather than up and away. The structure has withstood eighteen hurricanes since it was built. It was not built for Mr. Davis, it was used as a summer home for the Brown family and later was sold to Jefferson Davis after he and Varina had rented a portion of it, while he wrote his book “The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government.” One note, if you come we advise a minimum of two hours for the guided tour, walking the grounds and viewing the movie in the theater.

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