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White House of the Confederacy

AE Curator Jul 16
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The White House of the Confederacy feels like a Russian nesting doll, one home with many meanings. The outer layer shows President Jefferson Davis and his wife Varina, who lived there during the Civil War. Then consider Abraham Lincoln’s arrival in Richmond after Union troops took the city in 1865. The rise of the “Lost Cause” turned the house into a shrine under the female Confederate Memorial Literary Society, which saved it from demolition in the 1890s. The 1960s meant modernization, a new museum, professionalism, and restoration. The home is now part of the American Civil War Museum.

Location: Richmond
Image: Virginia Department of Historic Resources

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