Welcome to the First White House of the Confederacy


Early postcard of the First White House

The First White House of the Confederacy was the Executive Residence of President Jefferson Davis and family while the capitol of the Confederacy was in Montgomery, Alabama. The house served as the first White House of the Confederacy from February 1861 until late May 1861, when the Confederate capital moved to Richmond, Virginia. Completely furnished with original period pieces from the 1850s and 1860s, the 1835 Italianate style house is open to the public. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974. It is located across from the south side of the Alabama State Capitol, next door to Archives and History Building.

Many personal items of President and Mrs. Davis are in the house as well as authentic furnishings of the period. It is a Confederate house museum which tells three stories:

  • What happened during the spring of 1861 when a government was formed from few resources except cotton and courage.
  • The story of Jefferson Davis, a renowned American patriot long before The War, and his family.
  • The story of the preservation of the House.

Three great reasons to book your field trip or visit us:

  • Historical: The First White House served as the home of the only President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, during the spring of 1861.
  • Educational: Children love to visit the First White House.
  • Proximity: Next to the Alabama Dept of Archives & History building, across the street from the Alabama State Capitol and the Alabama State House.

Admission is free!

First White House of the Confederacy Marks General Lee’s Birthday

By |February 11th, 2016|

  4th and 5th Graders from Emerald Mountain Elementary School Montgomery's historic First White House of the Confederacy was packed with visitors on Tuesday, January 19th in honor or General Robert E. Lee's [...]

Sharing the Heart of Europe

By |February 9th, 2016|

She moved several times to avoid Adolf Hitler's regime, escaped prison, survived living in a displaced persons camp for two years, immigrated to the U.S. and got married...all by the time she was eighteen! Meet Eva Newman, an incredible woman who volunteers at the First White House of the Confederacy and has hosted more than 55 international officers for Maxwell AFB.

Robert E Lee Annual Birthday Celebration Scheduled for Tuesday, Jan 19th

By |January 19th, 2016|

We will be celebrating Robert E. Lee's birthday by hosting a birthday party on Tuesday, Jan. 19th at 10 a. m. at the First White House of the Confederacy, 644 Washington Ave., Montgomery, Alabama.  Our guest [...]

Changing of the Guard

By |November 1st, 2015|

New Regent of the First White House of the Confederacy. From Mrs. Anne Tidmore, past Regent of the First White House of the Confederacy, Montgomery AL: Dear Friends of the First White House of [...]

Jefferson Davis’ Birthday big success

By |July 15th, 2015|

Jefferson Davis remembered as a 'good guy' Alvin Benn/Special to the Advertiser Montgomery Advertiser 4 June 2015 Jefferson Davis has gotten a "bad rap" in the 150 years since the doomed Confederacy's only president led [...]

Update On First White House of Confederacy

By |July 10th, 2015|

We are having our usual busy summer at the First White House. We have had lots of visitors including two groups of International Students from Maxwell Air Force Base and people from many different States as well [...]

S. Waite Rawls visits

By |May 9th, 2015|

The stately halls of the Alabama Department of Archives building were filled with conversation on Thursday evening May 7th when the White House Association of Alabama entertained their donors and sponsors with their fourth bi-annual [...]

Fundraiser Tonight For First White House

By |May 7th, 2015|

The bi-annual fundraiser reception for the artifacts and relics in the First White House of the Confederacy will be tonight at the Alabama State Archives from 5:30 - 7:30. We are expecting 100 people and [...]

Regents of the White House Association of Alabama

By |April 1st, 2015|

There have been six Regents of the White House Association since  its inception in 1900, not counting Mrs. Jefferson Davis who was Queen Regent and remains so in perpetuity. Mrs. Davis's long-time family friend, Mrs. [...]

Upcoming Fundraiser For The First White House

By |March 25th, 2015|

The White House Association of Alabama is hosting a Reception on May 7, from 5:30 - 7:30 at the Alabama Department of Archives, with the proceeds to benefit the artifacts and collection in the First [...]

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