Whenever I am down at the First White House ( in the day they called it the “Jeff Davis” House), I am struck by the number of visitors that come through daily. It is truly amazing, and they come from all over the United States as well as many foreign countries.
Speaking with a couple from San Diego today, they told me that when they travel they pick a few things they want to see in each place they visit. I am so glad that this is one of the places they picked!
It reminded me of Cameron Napier’s article titled “History of the First White House” in which she quotes what Mrs. Clifford Lanier wrote in June of 1899 to Mrs. Jefferson Davis when she gave us the relics that we keep in President Davis’ bedroom – “This treasured gift: You have conferred a boon, dear madame, upon our children and our children’s children.”
Cammie goes on to say: “There is a bronze plaque to the right of the door as one walks into the FWH listing the 27 charter members of the WHA under which is a poem by Clifford Lanier which charges our members ‘With thee let treasured memories be laid for keeping, as to shrines our dead are brought. Let truth of history gem thy casket gold, and thou stay ever new yet ever old.”