State Paying $737,000 To Repair Confederate White House

Oct 1, 2007

The state is paying more than $737,000 to renovate the First White House of the Confederacy, a state-owned historical site that has been closed since repair work began in July.

Officials with the White House Association of Alabama expect it to reopen early next year in time for the February observance of Jefferson Davis’ inauguration as president of the Confederacy. The house, which Davis and his family used, was the capital of the Confederacy in 1861. The aging structure is having its heating and air conditioning system replaced.

Contractors also are repairing the roof, painting, improving drainage and renovating interior plaster. Deputy State Finance Director Andy Hornsby said the house had some serious problems.

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