The Beauregard-Keyes House, was lovely and house tours became a reoccurring theme along our trip. It is named for two of it’s primary residents, Pierre Gustav Toutant Beauregard and Frances Parkinson Keyes. General P.T. Beauregard rented this wonderful home on his return to New Orleans, at the end of the Civil War. He lived here briefly, but did however continue to live in New Orleans. He died a very wealthy man, at his home on Esplanade Ave. Frances Keyes moved in and restored the house to its magnificent former glory. She would sit and write in the front room, and people would come to gawk at her as she wrote. She ended up converting the rear slaves quarters in to her living and working area, and opened the main house up for tours. She would spread her work across lined up tables, until her work was finished. During her time there, notables such as The Duke and Duchess of Windsor visited and there was a gangster shootout on the rear veranda. She passed away, in the bed with the floral motif spread, in 1970. We were unable to visit the gardens, because the heavens opened and there was a sudden downpour of rain. Those Southern storms are no joke!
This house really is spectacular, and the pictures truly do not do it justice.