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Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Bellevue Park

 
 
Bellevue Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 30, 2008
1. Bellevue Park Marker
Inscription. The centerpiece of improvements to Harrisburg's marvelous park system, launched in 1902, was the "Crown Jewel" of Reservoir Park situated at the city's summit. Adjacent to this summit, flowing to the south, were the open fields of an old farm named Belle Vue, acquired by German-born Christian Haehnlen in 1856, and later bequeathed to his son, Jacob, who built there a summer retreat in 1876. The home was in turn inherited by Jacob's son, Louis, who established a well-known grapery and wine vineyard on its grounds. Fortuitously, the property became the residence in 1909 of noted environmentalist and civic leader J. Horace McFarland(1859-1948), and was named "Breeze hill." McFarland's work as a national leader in the cause of scenic preservation helped to mold the plans of the Union Real Estate Investment Company, which in 1907 acquired the old Haehnlen farm for the development of Pennsylvania's first planned residential community. As secretary of the Company, headed by Harrisburg realtor Herman P. Miller, McFarland procured the services of the nationally known landscape architect Warren Manning (1860-1938), who was already involved in designing the City's park system, to execute a plan which embodied McFarland's philosophy: respect for the earth through which urban growth would harmonize with nature. The original contours of the land were
Pond in Bellevue Park image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 30, 2008
2. Pond in Bellevue Park
maintained with the utilities located underground, the house plans were to achieve architectural distinction, and the streetlights were themed to enhance the Park's style and character. Opened in 1910, Bellevue Park's meadows and grape-laden vineyards had evolved into a splendid forested community and sanctuary to the spirit of the City Beautiful Movement of the early 20th Century and the City's present-day renewal efforts.
Top Photo
Circa 1907 view, looking south from Reservoir Park, of the meadowland that would become Bellevue Park.
Bottom Photo
Circa 1910 view looking south from Market Street, toward recently opened 21st Street showing new sidewalks and streetlights.

 
Erected by The Harrisburg History Project Commissioned by Mayor Stephen R. Reed.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania, The Harrisburg History Project marker series.
 
Location. 40° 16.099′ N, 76° 51.183′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is on Bellevue Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Between Pentwater and Briar Cliff Roads. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bishop McDevitt High School
This charming Colonial Revival is one of many styles seen in Bellevue Park. image. Click for full size.
By John K. Robinson, November 3, 2007
3. This charming Colonial Revival is one of many styles seen in Bellevue Park.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Breeze Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Moment of Mercy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Reservoir Park (approx. half a mile away); Harrisburg (approx. half a mile away); Parson John Elder House (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Harrisburg (approx. 0.7 miles away); State Arsenal (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other markers related to J. Horace McFarland
 
Categories. 20th CenturyLandmarksNotable PersonsNotable Places
 
Bellevue Park image. Click for full size.
By John K. Robinson, November 3, 2007
4. Bellevue Park
This is one of the many wooded areas with Bellevue Park.
Breeze Hill image. Click for full size.
By John K. Robinson, January 8, 2010
5. Breeze Hill
Breeze Hill was the home of J. Horace McFarland.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 4, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,271 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 4, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3. submitted on May 17, 2008, by John K. Robinson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.   4, 5. submitted on April 9, 2010, by John K. Robinson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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