By Jodi Frederiksen
American Civil War Museum Collections Manager
Who needs a drink? The Davis family and guests would have used this cellarette, with an interior lead lining (now missing) to store wine bottles in ice during dinners and gatherings. Now on display in the dining room, this piece was surely kept close at hand for many social occasions.
During the Civil War, home crafts like knitting became a way to support soldiers in the field in both the North and the South. This half finished sock was started by the wife of Robert E. Lee, Mary Custis Lee.
This small space was used by Burton Harrison, Personal Secretary to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Harrison was responsible for handling personal and governmental correspondence for Davis, and was a constant figure in the White House of the Confederacy, living just one floor above this office.
Many items of furniture in the White House of the Confederacy hide extra features. This bookcase, or secretary, on display in the library of the White House, doubles as a small writing desk, with a felt writing surface. Tours are offered daily.
Happy #WhiteHouseWednesday and National Dog Day! This table, which was used by Jefferson Davis in the White House of the Confederacy, is adorned with a carved setter dog on the stretchers between the legs. Today the table is on display in the Dining Room, and the little dog watches visitors as they enter the Parlor. Say “hi” to the dog on your next tour of the house.