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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

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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The Bellingrath Home bathrooms: A bold Art Deco statement

By Tom McGehee, Museum Director of the Bellingrath Home American prosperity during the 1920s brought a building boom, and all those new houses boasted every new amenity, especially in the bathroom.  As the decade began, these rooms sported gleaming white…

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Raising roses: Expert advice from Rosarian Linda Guy

By Sally Pearsall Ericson, Director of Marketing and Public Relations Linda Guy, longtime Rosarian at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, recently gave a presentation during the Winter Wednesdays series. Here are her suggestions for best practices in your rose garden.  For…

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A trip back in time with “Johnnie on the Spot”

Compiled from the  archives at Bellingrath Gardens and Home  John Dickinson was a longtime guide at Bellingrath Gardens and Home during the 1950s and 1960s. The Bellingrath archives contain an interview with General Manager Fred Holder dated July 2, 1957,…

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Captain Sewell Walter Morse: A Riverboat Connection

By Tom McGehee, Museum Director of the Bellingrath Home When Walter Bellingrath purchased the Fowl River fishing camp that would eventually become Bellingrath Gardens and Home, the camp's two wooden cabins had been abandoned for some time.  His father-in-law, Sewell…

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Heating the Bellingrath Home in the 1930s

By Tom McGehee, Museum Director of the Bellingrath Home When the Bellingrath Home was completed in 1936, it was equipped with something very few homes in Mobile had: Central heat. A large cast iron furnace in the basement bears a…

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The Bellingrath Home after Hurricane Frederic

By Tom McGehee, Museum Director of the Bellingrath Home George B. Rogers, the architect of the Bellingrath Home, arrived in Mobile in 1902. By the time he was hired by Walter Bellingrath to design the Home in 1935, he had…

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