Anchuca, historic mansion and inn, now a Bed and Breakfast, was lived in by Joseph Emory Davis, patriarchal brother to Confederate President Jefferson Davis after his plantation “Hurricane” was burned by the Yankees.
Anchuca is a Choctaw Indian word meaning “happy home” and is one of the most significant antebellum homes in Vicksburg, Miss. This impressive Greek Revival landmark represents the first columned mansion in Vicksburg.
Standing proud through the siege of Vicksburg in 1863 the house was put into service providing shelter for those who suffered severely through the War. Joseph Davis lived there until his death in Sept of 1870. Jefferson was reunited with his brother at the home in January 1869.
The town’s legend testifies that during this stay Jefferson Davis spoke to friends and neighbors from Anchuca’s front balcony, marking this site for many historians and Southerners as one of the last public addresses to the people of Vicksburg by Jefferson Davis.
I understand from a friend who has stayed there that it is a wonderful B & B and has a great breakfast!!! The grits are among the best he has ever eaten, he says. I can’t wait to visit!