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Historically Speaking

Sure, our streets don’t date back to 4 B.C., but our Biblical History Center does, and our hallowed halls resonate with pomp and circumstance thanks to Greek Revival architecture like you’ll see at historic Bellevue. Whether you are looking to leave modern days behind or straddle the line between the old South and the new, you’ll find it surprisingly easy to do in LaGrange. Begin the day with breakfast at your hotel or venture out to one of our great locally owned restaurants for a made-to-order meal.

Start your tour through history at Hills & Dales Estate, an historic 35-acre Italian villa style home of textile magnate Fuller Earle Callaway and his family. Completed in 1916, the 13,000-square-foot home was designed to flow gracefully into its gardens—a series of dwarf boxwood parterres planted by Sarah Ferrell, which have adorned the terraces of the hill for more than 175 years and is considered one of the best preserved 19th century gardens in the country. The classic lines of the home, designed by renowned architects Neel Reid and Hal Hentz, have now silently watched over the beloved gardens for a century.

Now go back to biblical times at the Biblical History Center, an interactive Middle Eastern museum where you can experience a Passover meal similar to what Jesus ate at the Last Supper. Also one of only seven sites in the world with authentic relics on loan from the Israeli Antiquities Authority.

If you’re interested in Civil War history, take a short drive to West Point to Fort Tyler. This historic outpost was the site of one of the last Civil War battles (April 16, 1865) to take place east of the Mississippi. While in West Point, be sure to stop for lunch downtown at Johnny’s New York Style Pizza.

Next, head back to LaGrange for a tour of Bellevue. This stately antebellum home is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the state. End your tour back in time in downtown LaGrange at the Legacy Museum, the home of hundreds of artifacts depicting traditional life in Troup County and West Georgia. Legacy Museum occupies a 1917 Neo-Classical building erected by Fuller Callaway to house his bank and general offices. Three galleries and a theatre, on first floor, relate the history of Troup County. A research library for local history and genealogy, is on the second floor.