The wonderful, sweet ladies of the LaGrange Women’s Club and Bellevue home had a lot to celebrate this past Thursday afternoon, February 8th. Over the years, the club has been involved in many, many historical events across LaGrange and Troup County. They have provided countless accolades to our community, many that we celebrate and perhaps more still that have been lost to time. On this day of their special celebration, they gathered together to commemorate an incredible event, as their 110th club anniversary had come around. The ladies, never ones to disappoint, celebrated in style.
It was February 11th, 1908 when Sally Cary invited 35 women into her home to form a club, the club that would eventually become the LaGrange Women’s Club. Over the course of their 100 plus years of service, they are credited with helping create many standards including starting the first city garbage collection system, the first curb side market, sponsoring the toxin -antitoxin against diphtheria, and finding the first county doctor and nurse. Still today they continue to raise large sums for the maintenance of Bellevue, Benjamin Harvey Hill’s Civil War era home, which stands as La-Grange’s only National Historic Landmark.
That afternoon, many of the ladies in attendance wore clothes from those times in the early 1900s. Those in character acted out a skit representing the very first meeting with Sally Cary from all those years ago. After the skit, City Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem LeGree McCamey was on hand to read a proclamation from the Mayor and the City of LaGrange, declaring that day the La-Grange Women’s Club Day. The ladies shared delicious homemade meals together and held their regular meeting before adjourning for the afternoon.
The LaGrange Women’s Club has many upcoming events including their annual BBQ Wednesday, March 14th, and a fashion show scheduled for later this spring. They are constantly on the move raising funds and staying involved in all the happenings around La-Grange and Troup County.