Belle Grove Plantation

Belle Grove Plantation Belle Grove Plantation is a historic house museum in the Shenandoah Valley. It was the home of Major Isaac Hite Jr. and Nelly Madison. Visit www.bellegrove.org for schedule updates and precautions due to Coronavirus.
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Constructed in 1797 by Major Isaac Hite Belle Grove Plantation's Manor House is a stunning example of Jeffersonian architecture. The Plantation is operated as a historic house museum by Belle Grove, Inc., a non-profit organization. Belle Grove is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is one of their 27 historic sites. Belle Grove is also a partner in the Cedar Creek Belle Grove National Historic Park. Visitors will learn about the Hite family, 18th-19th century architecture, agriculture, slavery and the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley. Our staff and volunteers are honored to care for this special place and look forward to sharing it with you.

Operating as usual

It is a beautiful day to visit Belle Grove! Open 10-4 and lots of picnic spots!
09/22/2020

It is a beautiful day to visit Belle Grove! Open 10-4 and lots of picnic spots!

What an awesome Trex Company team who came to Belle Grove last week to work with our staff and volunteers on a fence cle...
09/22/2020

What an awesome Trex Company team who came to Belle Grove last week to work with our staff and volunteers on a fence clearing and rebuilding project as part of United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley Day of Caring! #uwrise Thank you!

Belle Grove had a visit from a bald eagle this morning!
09/09/2020

Belle Grove had a visit from a bald eagle this morning!

We would like to take a moment and introduce you to our newest artist, Amanda Robinson. She is a self taught artist of S...
09/05/2020

We would like to take a moment and introduce you to our newest artist, Amanda Robinson. She is a self taught artist of Secret Spring Studio based out of Lynchburg, Virginia. Amanda came to visit Belle Grove a few weeks ago and collected a variety of leaves on the property and in turn has created these wonderful little creatures of the forest. Perfect to hang inside or on any tree out in the yard; these cheerful woodland masks makes a unique gift that started here on the lawns of Belle Grove.

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When we bought this plant for the Belle Grove garden, we thought we were buying something else, but here is why we kept ...
09/03/2020

When we bought this plant for the Belle Grove garden, we thought we were buying something else, but here is why we kept it.
“Sneezeweed” is a perennial in the aster family (Asteraceae). Its yellow blooms attract bees and butterflies. Its name comes from its historic use of the crushed dried leaves and heads to make a snuff that caused sneezing, which was a way to rid the body of evil spirits or loosen up a head cold. But watch out, the plant itself can cause skin irritation and can be poisonous to humans and animals if consumed in large quantities. Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association

Had a great time working with 11th Grade American History teacher, Jared, in filming some short videos for his class at ...
09/01/2020

Had a great time working with 11th Grade American History teacher, Jared, in filming some short videos for his class at Leesburg High. He is hoping to liven up virtual learning and we love sharing our stories. We know teachers are overwhelmed now, but if Belle Grove can help out with a virtual tour or online talk, let us know!

Check out the newest item we are carrying in the gift shop! Our very own Belle Grove Apron, complete with 3 deep pockets...
08/29/2020

Check out the newest item we are carrying in the gift shop!
Our very own Belle Grove Apron, complete with 3 deep pockets and a pencil pocket. Apron is 24" long and has an adjustable neck strap, comes in Black or Khaki, with embroidered Belle Grove and Manor House.
This apron makes the perfect gift for any of your crafts and creations inside and outside your home. Apron is $33 and can be purchased in the shop or on our website at bellegrove.org/shop

**Items/ BrownEyed Susan Scarf (which is in bloom right now) is not included...but if interested, the scarf is found here in the shop from Neena J. Designs a local artist here in the Valley.

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These tiny, cheerful gems in the Belle Grove garden are Iris domestica or blackberry lily (because their seed pods look ...
08/25/2020

These tiny, cheerful gems in the Belle Grove garden are Iris domestica or blackberry lily (because their seed pods look like blackberries) or leopard lily (because of the spots on their petals). They bloom all summer!

Wondered if this day would ever come in 2020, but we are delighted to welcome back Five of a Kind Bluegrass Band to Bell...
08/22/2020

Wondered if this day would ever come in 2020, but we are delighted to welcome back Five of a Kind Bluegrass Band to Belle Grove. They are celebrating 40 years together this year!

Blacksmithing today at Belle Grove with Cedar Creek Blacksmithing llc! Come check it out!
08/22/2020

Blacksmithing today at Belle Grove with Cedar Creek Blacksmithing llc! Come check it out!

08/20/2020
A new little one!

It is calving time at Belle Grove. Best viewed with a zoom lens—mama cattle are super serious about protecting their young!

Belle Grove is delighted to host The Shenandoah Valley Tapestry - A Journey Through Time. It arrived this week and will ...
08/15/2020

Belle Grove is delighted to host The Shenandoah Valley Tapestry - A Journey Through Time. It arrived this week and will stay until the end of the year. If you have not yet seen this masterpiece stitched by local artists and featuring local historic sites, please come by! It is on display in the Beverley B. Shoemaker Welcome Center, which is open free of charge Monday-Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 1-5.

There are still spots available for the art class at Belle Grove this Sunday! Local artist and teacher Hilary White will...
08/12/2020
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There are still spots available for the art class at Belle Grove this Sunday! Local artist and teacher Hilary White will teach you how to use colored pencils to draw a beautiful botanical or floral still life. The class is Sunday, August 16, 2-4:30 and open to those 18 and older only. Cost is $35 if you bring your own supplies $45 to have supplies provided during the class. Register here: https://bellegrove.org/calendar/colored-pencil

Sketch the bounty of the late summer in this art class with Hilary White. Hilary is an experienced art instructor from Strasburg who holds a Master’s in Art Education and is a Certified Decorative Artist. She is a member of the Shenandoah Arts Council and teaches and leads retreats throughout the ...

Just when you think the heat has beat your garden, the Black-Eyed Susans and Pink Ladies make their appearance and cheer...
08/10/2020

Just when you think the heat has beat your garden, the Black-Eyed Susans and Pink Ladies make their appearance and cheer everything up with Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association.

Belle Grove open again daily for tours too!
08/05/2020

Belle Grove open again daily for tours too!

It’s a picture-perfect day in Old Town Winchester, VA today! We just snapped this seconds ago on the walking mall as all the local restaurants and shops are opening up. The skies have cleared up and it’s in the 70’s - the perfect opportunity to escape out here for a relaxing day or two. See you soon!
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A (much needed) rainy day turned into a beautiful evening. Here is the Rose of Sharon in bloom. Happy Friday!
07/31/2020

A (much needed) rainy day turned into a beautiful evening. Here is the Rose of Sharon in bloom. Happy Friday!

Belle Grove will host six art classes with Hilary White Art Education (the artist of all the works pictured here). Each ...
07/13/2020

Belle Grove will host six art classes with Hilary White Art Education (the artist of all the works pictured here). Each class will be kept to nine adults so there will be physical distancing and great instruction. And what a better place to get fresh air and inspiration! An open air pastel class will take place on Sunday, July 19 at 3 and Sunday, July 26 at 3, at no cost, just a suggested donation to Belle Grove. In August and September are two sessions each of a watercolor class and colored pencil class. All the details are at www.bellegrove.org. Registration is first-come, first-served!

Pretty and productive pollinators in the Belle Grove Garden!
07/02/2020

Pretty and productive pollinators in the Belle Grove Garden!

This agricultural item in the collection has us stumped. Our thought was it had to do with flax/linen production or wool...
06/29/2020

This agricultural item in the collection has us stumped. Our thought was it had to do with flax/linen production or wool but we are not sure how it was used or what it is called. Any ideas?

Belle Grove Plantation's cover photo
06/27/2020

Belle Grove Plantation's cover photo

Belle Grove is open for touring Wednesday-Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1-5. Manor House tours are limited to 10 guests and tick...
06/27/2020

Belle Grove is open for touring Wednesday-Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1-5. Manor House tours are limited to 10 guests and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Each room of the house has fresh air and the tour has been modified for distancing. And Saturday Cedar Creek Blacksmithing llc will be back in the forge doing demos. Lots of space to picnic too. All details at https://bellegrove.org/visit/tours

Staying safe and still having fun at Belle Grove. Recent highlights include a small team of Northern Shenandoah Valley M...
06/26/2020

Staying safe and still having fun at Belle Grove. Recent highlights include a small team of Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association folks meeting up to prepare plants to deliver to first responders, a local art group coming to paint outdoors, hosting amazing wedding vendors for a promotional photo shoot, and holding outdoor tours and free talks. Keep up with our upcoming schedule and plans at bellegrove.org!

While Belle Grove is doing touring outdoors we have daily free programs (schedule at tinyurl.com/ybcrypc8). Friday, June...
06/18/2020

While Belle Grove is doing touring outdoors we have daily free programs (schedule at tinyurl.com/ybcrypc8). Friday, June 19 join us at 10:30 am for The Inspirational Story of the Jackson Family--one of the enslaved families at Belle Grove and their path to freedom. The Jacksons' history is not connected to the specific events that Juneteeth commemorates, but it exemplifies resilience, hard work, and family bonds and we look forward to honoring them. The program will be on the lawn or the upper level of the Welcome Center in case of rain.

The crops grown at Belle Grove rotate from year to year. Right now is an opportunity to see the south fields filled with...
06/16/2020

The crops grown at Belle Grove rotate from year to year. Right now is an opportunity to see the south fields filled with wheat awaiting harvest. In the late 18th and 19th century, flour from Belle Grove was traded regionally, nationally and internationally.

This is a great, family, outdoor activity tomorrow. Belle Grove will be open 1-5 Sunday. Come bring a picnic!
06/13/2020

This is a great, family, outdoor activity tomorrow. Belle Grove will be open 1-5 Sunday. Come bring a picnic!

Come on out June 14th at 1pm to @bellegrove1797 we will be in the blacksmith shop all afternoon #blacksmith #livinghistory #middletownva #shennandoahvalley

The Belle Grove Museum Shop has reopened. Father’s Day is June 21 and we have great items including history books, and (...
06/13/2020

The Belle Grove Museum Shop has reopened. Father’s Day is June 21 and we have great items including history books, and (pictured below) face masks for Dad, handcrafted Beer Soap, hand turned pens made out of cedar, beer cap shaped trays, and much more! Open Wednesday-Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 1-5. If you prefer curbside pick up, just let us know!

Thank you for following Belle Grove's TP (Total Positivity) posts these last few months. We will continue the tradition ...
06/09/2020

Thank you for following Belle Grove's TP (Total Positivity) posts these last few months. We will continue the tradition as Totally Positive Tuesdays. Belle Grove begins a gradual reopening this Thursday. We are delighted to welcome visitors back. We have all been living through extraordinary and hard moments in our nation’s history and we are pleased to offer a place for reflection, conversation, and education. You can find all the details here: https://bellegrove.org/calendar/opening_2020

Some see a weed, some see a wish...sending you positivity today! (another photo by the talented Kelynn)
05/28/2020

Some see a weed, some see a wish...sending you positivity today! (another photo by the talented Kelynn)

05/27/2020
Silver Maple at Belle Grove

Today’s Total Positivity is 20-seconds of birdsong and gratitude for the largest and oldest tree in Belle Grove’s grove—a silver maple.

First strawberries of the season!
05/26/2020

First strawberries of the season!

Belle Grove Plantation's cover photo
05/26/2020

Belle Grove Plantation's cover photo

We honor, thank, and remember the men and women who bravely fought and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
05/25/2020

We honor, thank, and remember the men and women who bravely fought and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

It is a peony-palooza at Belle Grove! Hope they brighten your Sunday.
05/24/2020

It is a peony-palooza at Belle Grove! Hope they brighten your Sunday.

Huge thanks to all the creative vendors who outdid themselves with a mock wedding photo shoot at Belle Grove today! Drea...
05/24/2020

Huge thanks to all the creative vendors who outdid themselves with a mock wedding photo shoot at Belle Grove today! Dreaming of magical future events here with Samantha Greenfield Designs in Floral Artistry, Michelle's Main Event, Franzi Lee Photography, The Valley Bride, Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio Winchester VA, Grand Event Center, Delightfully Yours, Winchester VA and many more!

The irises in the Belle Grove garden are so showy this year. We hope they bring some Total Positivity to your Friday!
05/22/2020

The irises in the Belle Grove garden are so showy this year. We hope they bring some Total Positivity to your Friday!

Address

336 Belle Grove Rd
Middletown, VA
22645

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(540) 869-2028

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Constructed in 1797 by Major Isaac Hite Jr., Belle Grove Plantation's Manor House is a stunning example of Jeffersonian architecture. The Plantation is operated as a historic house museum by Belle Grove, Inc., a non-profit organization. Belle Grove is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is one of their 27 historic sites. Belle Grove is also a partner in the Cedar Creek Belle Grove National Historic Park. Visitors will learn about the Hite family, 18th-19th century architecture, agriculture, slavery, and the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley. Our staff and volunteers are honored to care for this special place and look forward to sharing it with you.

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Good Morning Belle Grove and members! It has been ten years since I first brought up this topic, but I have never given up the search for the Charles Peale Polk portrait of my great-great-great grandmother, Nelly Hite. Up until last week, I had not found any additional leads, but I recently did another search and the following auction listing came up: https://crnauctions.com/trove/lots/detail/13115/045/ Although not conclusive, when I checked my copy of Charles Peale Polk 1776-1822 A Limner and His Likenesses by Linda Crocker Simmons, I could not find any portrait described or pictured that resembled this portrait that was attributed to Polk in this 2013 auction. The style of the painting is also almost identical to Polk's 1799 techniques. And, again not conclusive, but there is surely a superficial resemblance of the young lady pictured and the Hites with dark hair and blue eyes. Perhaps the Belle Grove docents and staff have already seen this portrait and been able to identify it otherwise? Are there any subscribers and members who have seen this before? In any case, I wanted to send it along just in case I may have made a discovery. It is the most hope I've had in ten years of finding this portrait. Sincere Regards, Steve Higley
Some photos of my time at Belle Grove today
We had Tea-To-Go today! What a very special treat. We will definitely do this again!
We were looking through my grandmothers cookbooks yesterday, in which I inherited so many of them from her and came across this 😊!! So many good recipes from so many local ladies!
Very excited to be traveling to Belle Grove tomorrow morning to hear more about the Slave Dwelling Project!
Belle Grave Plantation - Battle of Cedar Creek Oct 19, 1864 BW (7352) Middletown, VA 6-4-2017. CaptDave 1991-98 I was with the 15th NJ Co. E Civil War Reenactor, this was my favorite Reenactment. Restricted to about 3,000 Reenactors made this a extremely enjoyable event. The Sutlers would set up out back here.
Battle of Cedar Creek Oct 19, 1863 - 1991-98 I was 15th NJ Co. E Civil War Reenactor here (7335) Middletown, VA 6-4-2017. CaptDave
Hey Megan, Want to go to the "Of Ale and History Beer Festival" this year for my birthday?
Talk about disappointing , the tour guide was ill prepared called the Allegheny front, foot hills the " Alleghenies" referred to the cement joints in the stone as "caulk" yelled at me for taking pictures. Then made it a point to tell people to go see the slave grave yard. I found the fresh cow pies on the graves which is whats there, very disrespectful to the dead even if they were slaves. all for the sum of $22.00. Really people ?
Amanda Fossum
Is there an elevator for handicap