Belle Grove Discussion Group
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Built by John Andrews and completed in 1857, Belle Grove's architect was Henry Howard.
"When completed, its tremendous
mass rose on huge brick foundation arches over twelve feet above the surrounding
earth, its walls and mantels were plastered and carved by the most expert
European craftsmen money could secure, its great flight of brick steps
was covered with imported marble, its door knobs and keyhole guards were
of silver, its pillars bore Corinthian capitals six feet high but of the
- Clarence John Laughlin, Ghosts Along the Mississippi
From a Belle Grove Discussion Group Member:
"I've often wonder who was the last person to leave Belle Grove? Which member of the family walked down that long, sculpted hallway, heading for the front door for the last time, key in hand, and locked that door, never to return?
Or was it a faithful servant, who for years had walked that same hallway, polished floor beneath his feet, glittering crystal chandelier above his head, to answer that same front door that he was now about to lock forever? And then did that same faithful servant look into the deserted, silent rooms, as he walked past the parlor, the dining room, and then down the servant's stairs to what had once been their kingdom below stairs?
And what of the silence in that vast, empty house? Did it prance up and down the hallways, staircases, and out onto the pillared porticoes? Did it twist itself around the soaring Corinthian columns like ivy? Or was it like itself and the house it infested - silent and forlorn?"
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