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Belle Camp Opens to the Public

Belle Camp is essentially complete. The Bellingraths invite visiting delegates to a garden club convention to tour their garden. Mr. Bellingrath places an ad in the April 6, 1932 Mobile Register inviting the public to tour their garden on the following afternoon. More than 4,700 people arrive at Belle Camp, creating one of the county’s worst traffic jams, on April 7, 1932. Stunned by the response, the Bellingraths decide to open their Gardens each spring from January through April. Life at their idyllic Fowl River retreat would never be the same.