Haunting at Beauvoir Attracts National Attention

Beauvoir, photo by Michael Kleen

Beauvoir, photo by Michael Kleen

[] Last month, I wrote an article about my trip to the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library in Biloxi, Mississippi, otherwise known as “Beauvoir.” You can read the article here, but basically I discussed an old photograph from the 1980s displayed in the library purportedly showing a ghost in a window at the Davis Home. Curious, I looked up what others have written about Beauvoir and found that more than a few visitors have reported running into ghosts, particularly that of Jefferson Davis himself!

I was surprised then, when news articles began to pop up regarding a recent paranormal investigation at the mansion. This past Friday and Saturday, members of Mississippi Gulf Coast Paranormal spent the night at the historic home trying to find evidence of a haunting.

“One (staffer says) he sees Jeff Davis a couple of times a week standing in the main hall,” MGCP team member Scott Rogers told the Biloxi Sun-Herald. “Full-body apparitions are a rarity, but they’re normal there… There’s a file, I’m guessing 30 or 40 photographs, that visitors have sent back to them. There are photographs of full-body apparitions that aren’t supposed to be there. They have captured Jeff Davis, his wife, Varina, his daughter, Winnie, and, they haven’t been captured, but it’s common occurrence for them to talk about a Confederate soldier walking the grounds at times whenever they don’t have people doing reenactments.”

Confederate veteran's cemetery at Beauvoir, photo by Michael Kleen

Confederate veteran’s cemetery at Beauvoir, photo by Michael Kleen

So what did the group find after a weekend of sleuthing? You can read details of the results here, but basically the paranormal activity included a rocking chair swaying in Davis’ bedroom, a table cloth fluttering in the dining room, and one team member claimed something touched her ear while she walked through the cemetery. The Jefferson Davis Soldiers Home cemetery (pictured left) was said to be particularly active.

Beauvoir has an interesting history. It was built in 1852 by a wealthy plantation owner named James Brown. Jefferson Davis did not reside in the house until 1877, twelve years before he died. His daughter Winnie continued to live there until her death in 1898. The Jefferson Davis Soldiers Home opened on the grounds in 1903 and operated until the 1950s. It was home to around 1,800 Civil War veterans and widows of Confederate soldiers. Roughly 780 of them are buried in the cemetery located on the property.

The story was picked up by the Associated Press and reprinted in several newspapers and posted on websites throughout the country. We will continue to follow this investigation and post updates regarding any more findings or unusual events at this historic landmark.

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  1. TeacherGC says:

    I just visited Beauvoir today. I spent the entire day there. There wasn’t a lot of traffic there until about noon. My tour group was at 10 a.m., and I only had four others with me. I will tell you that’s it’s better to tour alone or be in a group of 3-4 people. In my group there was only one small minded lady who made ignorant, uninformed comments, but I soon got rid of her and her husband by heading in a different direction. My tour guide was a sweet old man who was very good. When I returned to the main house, I was completely alone on the back porch. I sat on the bench near Mr. Davis’s private bedroom. The breeze felt wonderful, and it was very quiet. I stood up to get a water out of the cooler in front of me. I folded my dollar in four folds and pushed it in a coffee can and opened the cooler to get my water. When I stood up, I felt like I was being watched. I looked to the right at the door of Mr. Davis’s private bedroom and he was watching me. It lasted only a nanosecond but long enough for his face to be with me the rest of my life. He was NOT tall as the tour guide led us to believe. He looked to be about 5″10 or 5″11. He wore a gray woolen jacket that had buttons that went all the way up his chest, but it was not buttoned. Under his gray coat, he wore a light orange vest fully buttoned with covered buttons. His shirt underneath was alabaster, but not pure white. He did not look as thin as documents and history led us to believe. His cheeks were not sunk in as we have seen in some pictures. He looked healthy. His hair was full and gray with even darker strands of gray. I noticed his hair did curl up on the ends especially behind his left ear. He was lightly tan, not a fair complexion at all. His eyes were the most brilliant piercing blue I’ve ever seen, and it was those eyes that I will never forget. Ultimately, I ended up on the front porch to examine my photos. The house is illuminated by natural light, so I couldn’t really see my photos I was taking. I only hoped that they were clear. While alone on the porch, I look through my pictures, and they were beautiful and clear. HOWEVER, in Mr. Davis’s bedroom near his bath in the far West corner was clearly a white orb. I didn’t see the orb while taking the picture. I also saw in another picture taken from a different angle a definite shadow. I examined it very closely to see if maybe the shadow was mine, but based on my small 5″3 frame, where I was standing when I took the photo, and my cell phone pressed firmly against the glass, the shadow was inside. I was the only black person on the grounds, and I understand why. I know Mr. Davis is not liked by my people for his politics. In fact, I don’t agree with his politics, but his life story, and his dedication, and his commitment, and his incredible strength in the face of lifelong illnesses under incredible personal and professional stress deserves respect. I don’t think many men would see a situation through like he did and still keep a measure of sanity. He endured so many tragic deaths in his family and still pressed through. I’m very interested in his wife’s story and that of that of black boy he cared for in Richmond. So that was my experience. When you visit, go in the morning and keep away from people. You cannot fully experience the atmosphere with people talking, asking questions, and making ridiculous observations like…, “oh, why didn’t the children eat with the grownups” or “how did they keep warm through the winter” (like didn’t you notice fireplaces in every room) “how could they stay cool in those dresses” (did you not notice the low windows and high ceilings make for a steady flowing breeze in every room). Just go alone.



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