Catherine Murat, born a Virginian, moved to Florida with her parents where she met and married a Frenchman, Achille Murat. Related to George Washington by birth, she became a French princess by marriage. She lived at Bellevue from 1854 to 1867.
In 1860, twenty-five enslaved descendants of Africans lived at Bellevue. They worked in the cotton fields, provided skilled labor, and tended to the cooking, among them members of the Hughes and Lee families.
Explore these contrasting plantation communities at Bellevue’s house, kitchen, and slave cabin.