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Belle Grove is located in the northern Shenandoah Valley near Middletown, Virginia. It is an authentic 1797 Manor House, was built by Major Isaac Hite and his wife Nelly Madison Hite, sister of President James Madison. Major Hite, grandson of...more
All reviews cedar creek manor house civil war historic preservation president james federal style front porch tour guide general george nice tour original furnishings short video ask questions interesting history gift shop wonderful place to visit self guided
We went Christmas season. Fantastic touches to the mansion. Very good tour with much information. Autentically furnished. Loved the family portraits. Film before tour helps too.Really don't miss if you are a history buff.
Belle Grove Plantation is a wonderful place to visit, full of history! It was built back in 1797 by Isaac Hite, Jr. and his wife, Nelly Madison Hite, sister of President James Madison. Thomas Jefferson advised on the design and his influence is apparent in...More
The tour guides at this plantation are very knowledgeable. They were able to answer every question I had with in-depth information and made the tour enjoyable by presenting the information in a way that did not feel like a school history lesson. The gift shop...More
We hesitated before going in. Both of us had been to numerous "old house" tours, and I can say I was perhaps too smug about my knowledge. This one is different because there was much to learn about the people who lived there and their...More
Belle Grove was the Union headquarters and very center of the October 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek. At times, the battle raged on the grounds and around the house itself. There is even a bullet hole in one of the columns on the front porch....More
This is our second visit here. The first visit, we were too late to tour the interior of the house but did take in the exterior grounds. This time, we were expecting the self guided tour but were pleasantly surprised that there were plenty of...More
My wife and I are Civil War buffs so it's only natural that we have a deep fascination for antebellum plantation houses...you know, like Tara and Twelve Oaks in Gone With The Wind. Or Arlington House in Arlington National Cemetery. Or all of the mansions...More
I stopped at Belle Grove on the spur of the moment after seeing a "Brown Sign" on Interstate 81. I arrived just in time for the mid-afternoon tour and after watching a short video about the history of the house I met my guide and...More
A guided tour is the only option here, no self guided tours of the house. Multiple historical ties from the builder be sister to President Madison and site of the Civil War Battles of Cedar Run: the last major battle before the confederate surrender.