Published on February 22, 2016

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Situated in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Belle Grove was originally the home of Major Isaac Hite, Jr., and his wife Nelly Madison.

Situated on a rise near the Great Wagon Road in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Belle Grove (1797) was originally the home of Major Isaac Hite, Jr., and his wife Nelly, sister of President James Madison.  The Hites used design principles recommended by Thomas Jefferson and built their elegant manor house of limestone quarried on the property.  During the Civil War, the Battle of Cedar Creek raged around the mansion, but it remained remarkably unscathed.  Once the centerpiece of a 7500-acre plantation, Belle Grove has always enjoyed an expansive pastoral setting.  Today, this historic site includes the original icehouse and smokehouse and a slave cemetery, together with a heritage apple orchard, a demonstration garden, and an early 20th century barn, all set against a background of splendid mountain views.

Open:

Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 1-5pm

Tour Information:

Group tours are available by contacting cgnegy@bellegrove.org. Guided tours are Offered daily, tours begin 15 minutes after the hour, every hour.

Admission Fee/Ticket Price:

$10 Adults, $8 Seniors, AAA, NPS & Military, $6 Students, $5 NTHP Members, Free for Belle Grove Members and Children under 5

Address:

Belle Grove Plantation
336 Belle Grove Road
Middletown, VA 22645

Phone:

540-869-2028