Cosmopilitan named Bellingrath Gardens and Home as the most beautiful place in Alabama. One look at the property, and you’ll be hard-pressed to disagree. Keep reading for more information on this historical haven.
Last week, Cosmopolitan named Bellingrath Gardens and Home, located in Theodore, AL near Mobile, the most beautiful place in Alabama as part of its “Most Beautiful Places in All 50 States” article. Bellingrath Gardens is featured alongside places such as Cades Cove in Tennessee and Bonaventure Cemetery in Georgia.
Cosmopolitan highlighted the history of this alluring landmark. Want to know about it? I thought you’d never ask.
History of Bellingrath Gardens and Home
According to the Bellingrath Gardens and Home website, Mr. Walter Duncan Bellingrath and his wife, Bessie Mae Morse, purchased the land that is currently part of the estate in 1917. The land was only 25 acres then and was a former fishing club known as Belle Camp.
10 years later, the Bellingrath’s hired architect George B. Rogers to transfer Belle Camp into a garden estate. After several years of construction, the permanent home for the Bellingrath’s was finally completed. It later opened to the public in 1934. Admission was only $1.
After his wife’s death in 1943, Mr. Bellingrath created the Belligrath-Morse Foundation to continue to upkeep the gardens as a memorial to his wife. The Foundation benefits Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. According to their website, the Belligrath-Morse Foundation contributes 80% of its distributions to these colleges. Until his death in 1955, Mr. Bellingrath worked to expand the gardens with roses, a guest house, a conservatory and much more.
About the Gardens
In total, Bellingrath Gardens and Home is 65 acres of fascinating scenery. With thousands of flowers around the property, there is divinity in every twist and turn.
The property has highlights including a grotto, a conservatory, a boardwalk and many other surprises riddled throughout the area.
Let’s take a look at the stunning places you’ll see when you visit the gardens.
Isn’t it breathtaking? Cosmopolitan was onto something when they named this the most beautiful place in Alabama.
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