Thursday, October 22, 2015

Montgomery, Alabama: First White House of the Confederacy

When the Confederacy was formed in 1861, Jefferson Davis was quickly picked to be the President of the new nation. Davis was selected and sworn in at the new nation's capital of Montgomery.

Naturally, Davis and his family needed a place to live. They wound up in this mansion, conveniently located near the State Capitol building. The catch is that the home was moved to its present location about 90 years ago. It was first built about 10 blocks from where it is now, but the building was moved to its current location - probably to make it more of an attraction for tourists.

This has the usual assortment of objects actually used by the Davis family as well as other pieces from the period. It's not a huge house, but it was big enough for Mrs. Davis to hold some good-sized parties.

Alas, the Davises only stayed for a few months, as the nation's capital was moved to Richmond - because that's where all the action was at the time in the Civil War. Left behind was the house, and a good-sized trivia question about the South's first capital city.

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