This past Thursday, January 12th Bellevue held to receive a surprise donation. As many LaGrange residents know, Bellevue has a significant historical background to the City of La-Grange and to the DAR as well. Built by Senator Benjamin Harvey Hill in 18531855, Bellevue now stands as a National Historic Landmark. This antebellum home houses many historical artifacts, and last week, Carlene and Dusty Mills donated another one to Bellevue’s collection.
The following is information presented by Bellevue: Lifelong LaGrange residents Carlene and Dusty Mills presented a historic book, found by accident, to Kathren Fogg, Trustee for Bellevue.
Browsing in an antique store in Thomson, an old book caught the Mills’ eyes because it had Benjamin Harvey Hill’s name on the cover. Knowing it would be of interest to Bellevue, they purchased it.
In January 1883, the United States Congress set aside regular business and held a joint session to eulogize the late Senator Benjamin Harvey Hill. These tributes were published the same year by the government printing office in book form entitled, “Memorial Addresses of the Life and Character of Benjamin Harvey Hill, January 25th 1883.
The book is important to Bellevue docents and historians as the comments by Hill’s contemporaries give insight to his career and personality.