After $4.9 million worth of renovations to bring the White House of the Confederacy to its Civil War-time stateliness, restorers are welcoming visitors again to "the executive mansion of another nation."

The house, built in 1818, was leased to the Confederate government for use as the residence of President Jefferson Davis, and in it he often mapped war strategy with his generals, including Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.

It gives a glimpse into the life of the South's first family while reflecting the decline and death of the Confederate States of America.

"As the war went on, the quality of what was served went down," said David S. Bundy, director of development and public relations at the house and the Museum of the Confederacy next door.

By the end of the Civil War, he said, the White House was serving "what became known as Jefferson Davis punch - water."