Woman’s Club to host fashion show to benefit Bellevue

Published 8:00 pm Monday, November 4, 2019

On Nov. 14, locals will have the opportunity to check out upcoming holiday fashion trends while supporting one of Troup County’s most iconic historic homes at the LaGrange Woman’s Club’s annual fashion show.

This year, the fashion show will take place at the First United Methodist Church in LaGrange, and the proceeds from the event will go toward the maintenance of the Historic Bellevue Mansion.

“You will see all of the holiday fashions, the trends that are coming up,” said Valerie Cardwell, president of the LaGrange Woman’s Club. “We will have a merchandiser from Dillard’s to speak, and then we’ll have a lunch that’s provided as well.”

According to Cardwell, the tables at the event will feature retro, collectible Barbies in holiday fashion. There will also be door prizes at the event. 

Funds raised at the event will help cover the cost of maintaining the Historic Bellevue Mansion, which was built between 1853 and 1855 as the home of Senator Benjamin Harvey Hill. 

The home is known as one of the state’s best examples of Greek Revival architecture, but like any old home, it is in constant need of maintenance.

“We have actually had an issue with our foundation,” Cardwell said. 

“The house is almost 170 years old. The last time it was renovated was in the 1970s, about 1976, so the problem was the two back corners of the four on four floor style plan where the floor-joists meet were actually crumbling from water damage that invited termites to come in. Then, the termites did a lot of damage to the two back corners. So, the foundation was actually sinking by a couple of inches.”

That damage resulted in the home, which is usually open to the public during the day for tours, closing for months of renovations. The reopened home shows few outwardly visible changes to those touring it, beyond new wallpaper in the formal dining room. 

Tickets for the fashion show cost $35, which includes a meal as well as the show. For more information, call (706) 884-1832.