August 1969: Remembering Hurricane Camille

August 1969: Remembering Hurricane Camille

By Tom McGehee, Museum Director of the Bellingrath Home Mobilians on Saturday, August 16, 1969, awoke to a front page story about a hurricane named Camille. Long before Doppler Radar and spaghetti models, a simply drawn map carried the notation…

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Then And Now: The Bellingrath Gift Shop

Then and now: The Bellingrath Gift Shop

By Tom McGehee, Museum Director of the Bellingrath Home After Walter Bellingrath’s death in 1955, his home was opened for public tours, while the adjoining Lodge was converted into a gift shop.  The Gardens had previously sold souvenir items at…

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A Rare Sight: The Ponytail Palm In Bloom

A rare sight: The Ponytail Palm in bloom

By Dr. Bill Barrick, Executive Director Blooming in the Conservatory now is a mature specimen of Ponytail Palm, Beaucarnea recurvata.  As best as we can tell, this is the first time we have observed flower spikes on our specimen.  There…

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