Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FIRST WHITE HOUSE OF THE CONFEDERACY

Monday, September 29 – We headed to downtown Montgomery, AL, this morning to visit the Capitol Building and the First White House of the Confederacy. They are located across the street from each other. There is plenty of parking available. We parked the big truck about three blocks away at the college stadium, and it was FREE!

We visited the First White House of the Confederacy first.

White house of the confederacy

White house of the confederacy

This is a free, self-guided tour. At the door, you pick up a tour guide printout that describes the many historical antiques throughout the home. You are welcome to tour every room both on the ground floor and upstairs. The 1835 house is completely furnished with original period pieces from the 1850s and 1860s.

Jefferson Davis’ bedroom.
First Whitehouse of the Confederacy

First Parlor
First Whitehouse of the Confederacy

Did you notice the arrangement on the piano in the photo above. Here is what it looks like close up. Cotton is huge in this area.

First Palour

Marsha loved this bowl.
First Palour

Upstairs bedroom.
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One of the guest bedrooms.
Bedroom

Guest bedroom.
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The original flag that draped over Mr. Davis’ coffin.confideracy flag

The only complaint Paul had was the lighting was quite dim making it difficult for him to see many of the displays. (it has nothing to do with “old guy eye sight”). Marsha loved this house and said it is a must see. She could spend hours and hours in a museum like this, but Paul was able to wrestler her out in about an hour.

Next post…Alabama Capitol.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

14 comments:

  1. I hear ya Paul. . .just kiddin'. . .I like old house tours too. . .

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  2. How'd we miss that? Thanks for sharing.

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  3. That is so cool. I am really enjoying all the history stuff we are seeing this visit. I've learned so much. Wish we had more time.

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  4. I like when there is a self guided tour for free!! Having a docent is nice but if the museum has properly prepared info handy, I would rather tour myself. What a lovely place. Cotton as a decorative flower is different but doesn't surprise me in the south. Thanks for tour:)

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  5. I love the bowl that Marsha loved. I also loved the house that you both thought was great!

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  6. Our timing was off to visit the house ... thanks for showing us what we missed.

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  7. We missed this on our trip to Montgomery, I meant we were just outside the house and did not come in. Thanks for showing the inside, its a lovely house.
    Did you stay at Gunter Hill COE? its our almost perfect campground.

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  8. I had a volunteer in regimental surgeon garb give me the tour when I was there. He was a hoot.

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  9. Nothing better than a self-guided tour of an historical site where you're also allowed to take photos! Great tour, thanks!

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  10. It was sooo cold when we went through there in December, we had freezing rain and were trapped for a week.....so now, we must return and do all the fun stuff you are doing.

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  11. You sound like the typical guy, trying to get his wife out of touring historic places and museums. :)

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