First White House of the Confederacy, Montgomery, Alabama
First White House of the Confederacy, Montgomery, Alabama | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures
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Travel back in time to 1861, when Jefferson Davis and his family spent the first few months of his Confederate Presidency at this home. Learn about the Civil War and the lives of some its most famous people. See many artifacts including furniture, clothing and pictures.

History

This home was built around 1825 by William Sayre. Sayre is known to be Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald’s (wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald) great uncle. After the Sayre’s vacated the house, it changed hands several times before being declared the White House of the Confederacy in 1861. Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his family moved into this house during the first few months of the Civil War.

Foyer at the First White House of the Confederacy, Montgomery, Alabama
Foyer at the First White House of the Confederacy, Montgomery, Alabama | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures

During their time in the home, they greeted many notable guests. The Davis’ were also known to host elaborate parties. Much of their original furniture and personal items are still located inside the home on display.

By May of 1861, the Confederacy moved their capital and presidents home to Richmond, Virginia where it remained for the rest of the war.

After being used during the Civil War, the house was passed hands again. Finally in the early 1900s, the White House Association of Alabama began preserving the house. The home was moved from its original location to its present site in 1919. Construction and renovations were completed in 1921.

Bedroom at the First White House of the Confederacy, Montgomery, Alabama
Bedroom at the First White House of the Confederacy, Montgomery, Alabama | Photo Credit: Violet Sky Adventures

Since the 1920s, the house has been preserved and maintained. Today, it greets visitors to explore the history of the house, the Civil War and the Davis family.

How to Visit

The First White House of the Confederacy is located at 644 Washington Avenue in Montgomery, Alabama.  For more information about hours and other visitor details, please visit the official website here.

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