The First White House of the Confederacy is approximately 175 years old now, having been built between 1832 and 1835 by William Sayre, an ancestor of Zelda Sayre who married F. Scott Fitzgerald. Having been taken apart and moved and reassembled and having gone through major restorations, the House is sound as a dollar (well maybe more sound, given today’s dollar).

It does take constant vigil. Something is always falling off the ceiling, like paint or plaster. The outside has been recently painted and the lawn beautifully landscaped. The front walk and steps are being worked on as we speak.I thought about our recent trip to Turkey and a visit to the Hagai Sophia in Istanbul. That magnificent building (see picture) is in desperate need of repair.

 I am glad the State of Alabama takes such good care of our wonderful First White House! Come and visit us and see what a great job the Service Division does keeping the FWH a place the people of the State of Alabama can be so proud of. We have a stream of visitors every day, and they come from all over the United States, Canada and around the world.