In honor of the 80th anniversary of the Bellingrath Home, we’re offering a special opportunity for history buffs during the month of June: Tuesday Tours with Museum Director Tom McGehee. Each week, Tom will share his extensive knowledge of the Bellingrath Home’s treasures during Home tours at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Each tour highlights a different feature of the Home’s antiques and collections. Space is limited and reservations are required for the Tuesday Tours; to register, call 251.973.2217, ext. 111, or email bellingrath @ bellingrath.org. All tour attendees will receive a free souvenir book!
Tuesday Tour tickets include admission into Bellingrath Gardens. Fees are $21 for adults and $9 for members of the Friends of Bellingrath. (The tours are not recommended for children under 13.)
Here is the schedule of Tuesday Tours:
June 7: Highlights of the Porcelain Collection. Delve into the world of European ceramics and discover the diverse types of porcelain on display in the Bellingrath Home. The collection includes examples made in Europe’s finest porcelain factories, including Meissen (est. 1710) and Sevres (est. 1738). Many depict mythological or allegorical themes as well as countless floral scenes. As you embark on a journey through time, Tom will share the stories behind these treasures and their colorful histories.
June 14: Highlights of the Silver Collection. Discover the incredible collection of antique silver that Bessie Morse Bellingrath acquired from prominent dealers ranging from New Orleans to New York. The Bellingrath Collection includes masterpieces created by some of the world’s most renowned English and American silversmiths over two centuries. From the hallmarked silver of Georgian England to early 20th century sterling flatware, these objects reflect a gracious era in fine dining, which has nearly vanished today. Tom will share the interesting and sometimes amusing stories behind them.
June 21: Highlights of the Furniture Collection. Learn about the Home’s wide array of 19th century furniture, made across the globe, from the United States, France, England and even China. The pieces reflect a variety of furniture styles, created for the fashionable homes of that time. Learn about their unique and original purpose; you will leave knowing the difference between an étagère and a what not!
June 28: Highlights of the Glass Collection. Guests will gain a new appreciation for the work of English and American glassblowers after viewing Bessie Bellingrath’s extravagant glass collection, which ranges from pattern glass to fine crystal. Find out the history of Waterford Crystal and why there is none of it in Mrs. Bellingrath’s collection.
Bellingrath Gardens and Home is operated by the Bellingrath Gardens and Home Foundation, a charitable, not-for-profit organization. Bellingrath Gardens and Home is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the 65-acre garden and estate home of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath. For more information, visit www.bellingrath.org or call 251.973.2217.