Beauvoir (the name of Davis' home) is one of very few historic landmarks still standing on the Mississippi coast. It has been identified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a property that should be preserved. Beauvoir board members have been running an appeal for funds to be used to restore the historic landmark. Now a $25,000 donation has been received from an unexpected source: Donald Trump.
The check from the millionaire businessman and celebrity star of reality TV's "The Apprentice" arrived "out of the blue," said Patrick Hotard, executive director of Beauvoir, which is owned by the nonprofit Mississippi Division of the United Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc.
"This is our history and when you lose something like that it is very difficult to replace," Beauvoir board member John French said. "There are so many out there who are able to help," he said, but "never in my wildest dreams did I imagine Mr. Trump had an interest in historic properties. It makes it a little bit more special."
It turns out the donation came at the suggestion of Trump's good friend, Richard Moe, who heads the National Trust. Trump asked Moe how he could help with the Trust's work in the hurricane area and Moe suggested Beauvoir as a worthy cause.