Hello all you Jefferson Davis devotees out there, wouldn’t you like to take a tour of “The Plantation World of Jefferson Davis”? I know I would, and here is our chance.
The Thirty-Sixth Annual Antiques Forum of Natchez, MS is sponsoring a three day symposium November 7-9th in Natchez. Thursday, November 7 is a day-long excursion visiting historic properties in Woodville, MS (the early home of Jefferson Davis) and related sites in Natchez.
The Tour ends with cocktails at The Briars, which is the Classical Greek Revival Home in which Jefferson and Varina Davis were married, also in Natchez. The Briars is now a Bed & Breakfast.
On Friday, November 8, the morning includes the following speakers and subjects: Daniel Brooks, Director, Retired, of Arlington House in Birmingham, Alabama, “Memories from the Home Front”; Jefferson Mansell, Historian, Natchez National Historical Park “Now Occupied for Public Use: Yankees in the Great Houses of Natchez 1863-1865”; Elizabeth M. Boggess, Ph.D., Archeologist and Social Historian, Natchez “The Clifton Story: An American Art Collection under Occupation”.The afternoon consists of Touring five houses located within the boundaries of Union Fort McPherson.
Saturday, November 9 consists of several additional speakers including Dean Knight from the White House of the Confederacy in Richmond, and Bertram Hayes-Davis from Beauvoir.
Where does the First White House of the Confederacy come in? Not to worry, it will be adequately covered by Daniel Brooks, in his remarks as the first speaker on Friday.! He has been to the First White House, taken pictures and garnered history about the things in the House that were either brought by Mrs. Davis or were in the House when the Davises lived in the House.
For more information go to www.natchezpilgrimage.com