Bellevue plantation house belonged to Virginia native and Florida transplant Catherine Murat, wife of French nobleman Achille Murat and a descendant of George Washington. Princess Murat lived at Bellevue from 1854 to 1867.
In 1860, 25 enslaved descendants of Africans lived at Bellevue. They worked in the cotton fields, provided skilled labor, and tended to the cooking. Among them were members of the Hughes and Lee families.
Explore these contrasting plantation communities at Bellevue’s house (the original), its kitchen and the recreated slave cabin. Interactive exhibits bring the house's history to life.