Calendar of Events
Dinner with Friends at Griffin Tavern in Flint Hill
Wednesday, August 5, 6 p.m.
The Griffin Tavern and Restaurant in Rappahannock County’s charming Flint Hill welcomes you to a fun and delicious summer evening with friends. Chef Rachel Rowland has outdone herself this year and prepared an amazing menu!
Summer Story Time
Are your kids part of the Valley Reads--Read to the Rhythm Program or would they like to be? Are you looking for fun and educational activities during the summer? We welcome you to Belle Grove Plantation for our free summer story time program. We will read stories on topics relating to Belle Grove, such as life in the 18th and 19th centuries, farming, and the Civil War. Dates are Thursday, June 11th @ 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 23rd @ 10 a.m., Thursday, July 9th @ 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 21st @ 10 a.m., Thursday, August 6th @ 10 a.m. Click below for more information!
Belle Grove in the Civil War Tours
On six days in August, Belle Grove Plantation will offer a special tour that discusses Belle Grove Plantation during the Civil War. The 45-minute tour will be offered on the following dates and times:
- Saturday, August 1 at 3:15 p.m.
- Thursday, August 6 at 3:15 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 11 at 3:15 p.m.
- Friday, August 21 at 3:15 p.m.
- Saturday, August 22 at 12:15 p.m.
- Sunday, August 23 at 3:15 p.m.
The “Belle Grove in the Civil War” tour will immediately follow the 2:30 p.m. National Park Service Ranger programs “1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign in a Box” or “1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign in a Box” that will take place on Belle Grove’s front lawn. On Saturday, August 22, Belle Grove’s tour will follow an 11:30 a.m. Ranger program. Ranger programs are free of charge and a full schedule may be found at www.nps.gov/cebe.
Belle Grove tours will be part of the Winchester-Frederick County and Clarke County Civil War Weekend events on Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23. Nine venues will conduct special programming that weekend and full details are available at www.visitwinchesterva.com.
“Belle Grove in the Civil War” will be offered for Belle Grove’s regular admission prices: $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, military, and AAA members, $6 for students 6-16 and National Trust for Historic Preservation members, and free to Belle Grove members.
Belle Grove Plantation south of Middletown was in a strategic location during the American Civil War and was occupied in 1862 and 1864. The guided tour will highlight areas in the Manor House as well as in the surrounding landscape where this history took place. Ultimately, Belle Grove’s position at the foot of the Massanutten Mountains and north of Cedar Creek put it at the epicenter of the last major battle in the Valley—the Battle of Cedar Creek on October 19, 1864. The Union victory in this battle secured the Valley for the Federals for the remainder of the war and is attributed to President Abraham Lincoln’s reelection just three weeks later.
Art in the Barn
Saturday, August 15, 6 p.m.
Last year, Belle Grove’s reimagined “Art by the Glassful” event was a rousing success with art and bluegrass in Belle Grove’s 1918 Bank Barn. We are excited to see what wonderful artworks talented regional artists will exhibit for viewing and purchase. This year the event will feature a special artwork that will be live auctioned! Adding to the conviviality will be music by Five of A Kind bluegrass band as well as a summer sunset, beer, wine, and delicious appetizers.
Belle Grove Wine Festival
Saturday, September 12, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Join us for the Belle Grove Wine Festival on Saturday, September 12 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.! We will feature tastings from regional vineyards and fine wine purveyors and we also look forward to highlighting local food with chef demonstrations and vendors. Live music by The Duskwhale Band will add to the festivities. Please contact Belle Grove at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-869-2028 if you are interested in participating in Wine Fest as a vendor or a sponsor.
Belle Grove Crawl
Saturday, October 3, 4-9 p.m.
This is your “all access pass” to Belle Grove with a chance to see behind the scenes at places not regularly seen by the public. Guests will be encouraged to leisurely stroll to see sites including the Overseer’s Cottage, Attic, Outbuildings, Lime Kiln. Each stop will include brief tours and talks by Belle Grove staff and docents and Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Rangers. Finish off the fun and casual evening in Belle Grove’s 1918 Bank Barn with local BBQ, craft beers, and live music from the classic rock cover band, “Movin’ On.”
Battle of Cedar Creek Commemoration Weekend
Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Belle Grove Plantation is celebrating the 151st Anniversary of the Battle of Belle Grove or Cedar Creek. Check back from more details!
Antiques Appraisal & Traditional Crafts Fair
Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Bring your family treasures and heirlooms to Belle Grove’s annual Antiques Appraisal and Traditional Crafts Fair. A panel of experts on textiles, furniture, documents, Shenandoah Valley and Civil War artifacts, and more offer detailed appraisals and explanations of each items story and value. Appraisals will be conducted from 10 a.m.-4 p.m on Saturday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday. The Manor House will be open for touring both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. More details to come!
Belle Grove Holiday Tea
Saturday, December 5, 2 p.m.
You are invited to high tea by the Belle Grove Christmas Tree! After lingering over tea and delectable treats, tour the Manor House decorated to the theme of “Holidays Around the World.” Tickets to this event would be a wonderful Christmas outing for a treasured family member or friend!
Cocktails at Christmas
Sunday, December 13, 5 p.m.
When Belle Grove is decorated to celebrate “Holidays Around the World,” Belle Grove’s Winter Kitchen will transport you to Ireland. We invite you to come toast the season with live music, a Hot Toddy by the fire and delicious appetizers by Nana’s Irish Pub in Middletown. Your ticket will also include a self-guided tour of the Manor House lit by candlelight.
Belle Grove is closed for daily tours from January - March. Group tours are available by advanced appointment throughout the year.
Thank you for leaving your pets at home.