Battle of Belle Grove or Cedar Creek
Owing to its convenience to the valley highway and its adaptability for a headquarters, Belle Grove House was seldom without a military tenant nor its grounds without an army. Dead to sentiment, ruthless war had already made a waste of these ornate grounds in which its warrior lord had once taken such pride.."
James E. Taylor, An Artist with Sheridan Up the Shenandoah in 1864
BELLE GROVE REMEMBERS
Civil War Commemoration & Living History Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, October 20 & 21, 2012
A pivotal moment in the history of both Belle Grove and our nation is commemorated this year at the 148th anniversary of the Battle of Belle Grove or Cedar Creek. Tour Belle Grove’s Manor House, interpreted this special weekend to the 1860s by the Frederick Ladies Relief Society in period civilian dress. Witness an encampment of Confederate soldier re-enactors on the lawn who demonstrate camp life and tell stories of the 1864 Civil War battle that swirled around Belle Grove. Meet national, state and regional historic preservation professionals and learn more about battlefield protection. A commemorative wreath laying Sunday at 1 p.m. honors the brave men who fought and died during the October 19, 1864 battle, and those who sustained them on the home front.