With students in Hobcaw’s Strawberry Village, circa 1930
The family’s stately brick Hobcaw House—which Bernard had rebuilt in 1929 after a fire destroyed the original wood home—on a bluff overlooking Winyah Bay
Bernard Baruch, a successful Wall Street financier and advisor to seven U.S. presidents, in 1946
Jumping her Anglo-Arabian Souriant ⁄⁄/ during a 1931 competition in Italy; the German cavalry team would later offer to purchase the prized horse for Hitler. Belle flatly refused.
Fishing on the boardwalk to Clambake Landing in 1953
The Baroness of Hobcaw
The Baruch children and other relatives gather on the porch of “Old Relick” in 1918.
Belle with her pet Deary-Deer in 1963; the fawn had full run of the house and property at Bellefield Plantation, Belle’s home on Hobcaw Barony.
Relaxing with friends, circa 1938, at the Grass Shack at Hobcaw Beach that her former companion Barbara Donohoe had designed
Annie Baruch with her year-old daughter, Belle
With her father in 1957
Goofing around with friends at Hobcaw’s Clambake Landing hunt cabin
Belle hunting at Hobcaw in 1913
Aboard “Miladi” on Great South Bay in 1916. Belle went on to become the first woman to win a major race there.
Isabelle Wilcox Baruch, the eldest of Bernard and Anne’s three children, at age five at her grandfather’s summer home in New Jersey
Belle with her father, Bernard, and their guests—Diana Churchill and her famous father, Winston—during a 1932 visit to Hobcaw Barony
Belle rides a motorcycle at the family’s rented summer estate in 1915
Belle in 1918 working with the Women’s Radio Corps; she was appointed junior inspector and taught Morse code at two aviation camps.
Belle volunteered for U.S. Naval Intelligence as a coastal observer from 1942 to ’44, looking out for U-boats along the Hobcaw coastline.
Belle (pictured in fur coat and hat) with family and friends on the Hobcaw dock in 1935;
Belle Baruch during a 1936 turkey hunt at her family’s 17,500-acre winter retreat, Hobcaw Barony, near Georgetown, South Carolina; (opposite) the Baruchs, circa 1905, with staff and guests on the porch of “Old Relick,” the original main home on the property
With Ella Severin, her companion from 1951 til Belle’s death in 1964
In the cockpit on her first flight with friend and pilot Evangeline Johnson in 1916
Belle at her airport hangar in Georgetown, South Carolina, in 1942; the U.S. Army commandeered it and her planes during World War
Belle’s one-time beau, Charles “Chita” Davila, the Romanian minister in Washington, D.C.