From Fishing Camp to Garden Estate – The Story Behind Bellingrath Gardens. Please join us at the Old Courthouse Museum on Tuesday, April 17th as Tom McGehee, Museum Director for Bellingrath Gardens & Home, presents a program exploring the history of the Gardens.
According to Mr. McGehee, “In 1917 Coca-Cola bottler Walter Bellingrath was advised by his physician to ‘learn how to play’ and buy the fishing camp he admired. His wife turned that rustic camp into a world famous garden which opened to the public in 1932 and added a 15 room showplace in 1935. Both the house and the gardens were designed by architect George B. Rogers, who received direct input from his clients. The result has been a top tourist destination for nearly 90 years.”
The program will begin at 11:00 am in the courtroom and is free to the public.
Lunch plates may be purchased in advance for $15 per plate and can be enjoyed on the courthouse lawn after the program or to go. To reserve a lunch plate, please call Monroe County Museum at 251-575-7433.
Following lunch, Ben Busby of Southern Farm Center in Monroeville will hold a plant sale on the square.