Saturday was a big success and brought many, many reenactors, history buffs, and others to Montgomery and to the First White House of the Confederacy, where they were warmly welcomed and shown around the building and of course the – ta da – Gift Shop!!!
Lee Sentell and the Alabama Dept of Tourism had several new items for us to sell and these were very popular with our visitors. One was a beautiful bronze medallion with Jefferson Davis’s picture on it, to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the “Wah,” priced at $ 60.00.
Another of our new treasures is a boxed replica of the Alabama State Capitol ($90.00). A big seller yesterday was a print of the Inauguration of President Jefferson Davis. This was made from a lithograph which we have hanging in the First White House of the Inauguration, published in Baltimore in 1887, by Horn. This lithograph was issued a generation after the fall of the Confederacy, but was copied from wood engravings of the actual scene which had been published contemporaneously. A large one is only $ 5.00 and a small one just $1.00.
One of the items that we are most proud of is a replica of the stature of Jefferson Davis that stands in front of the Alabama State Capitol. This is something we carry all the time and is a very good “seller”.
Another big seller on Saturday was WATER. It was a very warm 85 degrees and many of the men had been in the hot sun all morning in wool uniforms or coats and ladies in long sleeved dresses and hoop skirts.
The parade, speeches and reenactment of the Inauguration received very good coverage in the Montgomery Advertiser on Sunday, for which we were extremely pleased. Wish you could have been there, but if you missed it, do come and see us soon at the First White House of the Confederacy in Montgomery, Alabama!