White House of the Confederacy

White House of the Confederacy

White House of the Confederacy
4.5
Military MuseumsSpeciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
To ensure the health and safety of both visitors and staff, masks are required & the majority of the tour will take place outside the House. Visitors will have the opportunity to walk through the rooms on the first floor with a trained guide and take pictures. The walkthrough will conclude in the basement with a Q&A session. The White House of the Confederacy is located in downtown Richmond's historic Court End neighborhood, just a few blocks from Capitol Square. Guided tours of Jefferson Davis' executive mansion leave from the Museum lobby throughout the day and typically last around 45 minutes. The American Civil War Museum owns and maintains the White House of the Confederacy. You can visit their other Richmond location at Historic Tredegar. The Museum of the Confederacy is no longer open. It closed September 30, 2018 as we prepare to move the collection to its new home at the American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar. The new museum building will open in the spring of 2019.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Dan D
    Concord, California226 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour and overall experience!
    Excellent tour that I highly recommend! We booked reservations from home weeks in advance and on the day of tour, we finished our previous sites early and asked if we could join an earlier tour of the house. They were most accommodating, and we waited just a few minutes in the ante room for our tour to begin. They have a gift shop which we perused while we waited. Our tour was very friendly and very knowledgeable about the house, Richmond, and the Civil War in general, and that made for a very pleasant experience. The tour is worth seeing and should not be missed if you are taking a historical look at Richmond.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 27 July 2023
  • anderson213
    Hannibal, Missouri798 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyed This Alot
    My family actually thought this was better in several ways than visiting America's White House. This gives you an actual real tour of the home with some context of the time period and Civil War facts. I never knew that Lincoln and Tad visited this building only 2 days after the Confederate capital fell. Also, there was a lot of info. presented about Jefferson Davis and his marriage to Varina. Excellent tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 August 2023
  • JCH
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Tour w/ Charlie!!
    First time in Richmond and had a fantastic tour of the White House of the Confederacy in early November. Our tour guide, Charlie, really knew all the ins and outs. We also had a 4 late arrivals and he was able to quickly incorporate them into the tour. The tour really helped make this visit to Richmond. Learned so much and highly recommend!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 November 2023
  • Geoffrey E
    St. Catharines, Canada623 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour
    The tour is very worthwhile. Our guide was Andy and she was the best, most knowledgeable, most unflappable docent I’ve had in years. She handled everyone’s questions perfectly. She knew her facts. Perfect. The house is an interesting slice of history and will reward your investment of an hour.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 November 2023
  • nemotaff
    Alnwick, United Kingdom53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding experience
    Our guide for the tour (Charlie) made this an excellent experience. He managed to pack so much in to the script, but the highlight for me was when he responded to questions, allowing him to go off the script. I particularly enjoyed the explanation of how both sides in the war claim to be the heirs of George Washington. I will do this tour again next time I get to Richmond (it’s a long way from Wales though).
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 April 2024
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Rachel
Sutton, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Absolutely fascinating tour with a super knowledgable guide. Really worth your time - we learnt a lot about Jefferson Davis and the confederacy.
Written 14 May 2024
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DJO
134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This was a very good tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable of the history of the civil war and Jefferson Davis and his family.
Written 12 April 2024
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nemotaff
Alnwick, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Our guide for the tour (Charlie) made this an excellent experience. He managed to pack so much in to the script, but the highlight for me was when he responded to questions, allowing him to go off the script. I particularly enjoyed the explanation of how both sides in the war claim to be the heirs of George Washington. I will do this tour again next time I get to Richmond (it’s a long way from Wales though).
Written 5 April 2024
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Cin53
DE47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This was a really interesting tour, made especially good by the tour guide, Eric. The building has been in use since it was built
Written 4 April 2024
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Daniel L
Apex, NC757 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Considering the topic, the tour guide managed to do a good job separating modern social and political problems from the history for the most part. Place is rather small, and to be honest actually not really that interesting by itself - it is more interesting to hear about Davis's life on the tour.
Written 22 February 2024
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Sallianne A
15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I was incredibly disappointed with the tour of this historic building. The tour guide got so many things wrong and made ridiculous non-historical comments based on his own opinions. He absurdly stated that Jefferson Davis didn't have a trial because Lincolns administration didn't want to "give him a platform". That's a very modern leftist opinion and completely wrong. The reason there was no trial is because there were no laws broken. Secession was legal and the courts would have ruled in Davis' favor therefore destroying Lincolns narrative.
Written 12 January 2024
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Geoffrey E
St. Catharines, Canada623 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The tour is very worthwhile. Our guide was Andy and she was the best, most knowledgeable, most unflappable docent I’ve had in years. She handled everyone’s questions perfectly. She knew her facts. Perfect. The house is an interesting slice of history and will reward your investment of an hour.
Written 5 November 2023
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JCH
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
First time in Richmond and had a fantastic tour of the White House of the Confederacy in early November. Our tour guide, Charlie, really knew all the ins and outs. We also had a 4 late arrivals and he was able to quickly incorporate them into the tour. The tour really helped make this visit to Richmond. Learned so much and highly recommend!
Written 3 November 2023
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Ahme1987
Glen Carbon, IL74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
It was a nice tour. We got the history of the home prior to the Davis family living in it. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and a lot of info on the Davis family was given during the tour.
Written 29 October 2023
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Stephanie D
Atlanta, GA1,428 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
My friends and I toured this house recently and we loved it. Our tour guide was excellent and he knew all about the history of the building, furnishings, etc. the cost is only $14 a person and this is a steal. I definitely recommend this tour as this house was fascinating.
Written 25 October 2023
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