Beauregard-Keyes House

Lonely Planet review

This attractive 1826 Greek-revival house is named for its two most famous previous inhabitants. Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, a native of Louisiana, commanded the artillery battery that fired the first shots at Fort Sumter in Charleston, SC (starting the Civil War); he lived here for 18 months after the war ended. Author Francis Parkinson Keyes, who wrote 51 novels, many of which were set in New Orleans (and one, the 1962 Madame Castel’s Lodger, which was set in this house), stayed longer: from 1942 until her death in 1970. Her collection of some 200 dolls and folk costumes are also on display. Entry via tours only.