WWI changed things for the Baruchs. Bernard Baruch sold his seat on the New York Stock Exchange and became active in politics, offering his services to Woodrow Wilson and becoming part of Wilson’s War Industries Board. He visited Hobcaw Barony less frequently during this period and spent less time with his family.
In 1919 , Baruch joined Wilson in Paris for the Peace Conference, and he invited Annie and their oldest daughter, Belle, who had been active in the war effort, to join him in France.
In this photograph, Belle and Annie are on a tour of Belleau Wood, the scene of a bloody 1918 battle. Belle fell in love with France, and a few years later she moved there, making it her primary home until 1937, when she built her house at Bellefield.