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.