Day 1: History & Culture in LaGrange
- Dive into the rich history of LaGrange
- Visit an art museum housed in a 19th-century jail building
- Tour a stately antebellum home
In the heart of historic downtown, Legacy Museum on Main is home to a gallery which features the history and development of LaGrange. Featured items range from ancient artifacts, like a soapstone bowl believed to be 11,000 years old, to more "recent" historic artifacts from LaGrange’s rich textile and railroad history. While you’re there, be sure to check out the world’s oldest cotton bale on display within the museum!
Bellevue, a stately antebellum home, was built by Benjamin Harvey Hill for his wife, Caroline Holt Hill. Seeing this beautiful home for yourself will bring to life the stories of LaGrange’s first residents and how they lived. You’ll be reminded of a time when the pace of life was slower and attention to detail created beautiful environments which still foster a sense of peace and tranquility.
The LaGrange Art Museum is housed in an iconic 1892 jail building and is filled with dynamic exhibitions by renowned and local artists. Collections of high caliber and visually-tantalizing artwork fills the galleries, making the museum a treat for visitors. Give yourself plenty of time to explore this multilevel museum!
Take a walk in downtown LaGrange, exploring our eclectic blend of old and new. The downtown area offers excellent antique and gift shops as well as many world-class restaurants. Be sure to walk the square to see the beautiful fountain and statue of American Revolutionary War hero Marquis de LaFayette.
Hills & Dales Estate features a 13,000 square-foot home which 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. The Ferrell Gardens are considered one of the best preserved 19th-century gardens in the country.
The Biblical History Center allows you to encounter the ancient world through history and culture. Through authentic archeological replicas, Biblical meal presentations, daily life artifacts, lectures and personal experiences, ancient Middle Eastern life is revived!
This self-guided walking tour weaves you throughout downtown LaGrange, making stops at charming homes, historical churches and other unique buildings that are part of the city's history. With the Historic LaGrange Walking Tour App, you can easily navigate to each stop and learn the story behind each destination!