Beauvoir, the retirement home of Jefferson Davis, was in use as the Old Soldiers Home in 1934-1945 when Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) and the Mississippi legislature funded repairs and renovations to 20 state institutions. Davis’ Greek Revival home constructed c. 1850 was home to indigent or impoverished Confederate Veterans. Through combined state legislative funds and the ERA labor and funds, Beauvoir was “renovated and brought up to a reasonable state of repair” (Clarion-Ledger, 1935, p. 3). Interior and exteriors were painted, as were several cottages on the property and the chapel. The house was also “completed redecorated” (Clarion-Ledger, 1935, p. 5).
Improvements by ERA and State Program Completed. (March 14, 1935). Clarion-Ledger, p. 3, 5.
Project originally submitted by Susan Allen on September 2, 2019.
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