Calendar of Events
Belle Grove Opening Day & Attic Graffiti Exhibit
Saturday, March 22
Belle Grove Plantation begins its 2014 season on Saturday, March 22! The 1797 Manor House and ground will be open for tours from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and then be open Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. and Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. through November 2, 2014.
On Saturday, March 22, Belle Grove will also debut a temporary exhibit, "The Writing Is on the Wall: Photographs of Belle Grove's Attic Graffiti" that will run Saturday, March 22 through Saturday, April 20 on the lower level of the Manor House. Admission to the exhibit is $5 for those 12 and older or free to Belle Grove or National Trust for Historic Preservation members or with the purchase of a Manor House tour ticket.
The exhibit features photographs taken of the graffiti in the Manor House attic. The tradition of signing the attic walls began with soldiers that occupied the home during the Civil War. It continued with owners' family and friends and with visitors when the house was operated as an inn in the 1920s. Due to safety concerns, the attic is not open to the public. However, we are able to bring the attic downstairs using large scale color photographs and a video tour. Belle Grove staff and volunteers have transcribed the writings so that visitors can locate signatures of interest. Photographs will also be available for purchase. As part of the exhibit, Belle Grove is looking forward to interacting with visitors and collecting their stories of the relatives, friends, or community members whose names are written on the walls.
This project is made possible through an Innovation Lab for Museums grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
2014 “Hite of Excellence” Dinner Series: Lords and Ladies Dinner
Saturday, March 29, 6 p.m.
An evening of traditional Scottish fare including single malt Scotch tasting at lovely Leith Hall. Kilts and clan pride encouraged, but park your dirk at the door.
2014 “Hite of Excellence” Dinner Series: Meet the Madisons
Tuesday, April 15, 10 a.m.
Guests meet at Belle Grove Plantation then are escorted to enjoy a luncheon at the home of Page Sullenberger, a Belle Grove Board Member. After lunch guests visit James and Dolley Madison’s, Montpelier for an exclusive VIP Tour.
2014 “Of Ale and History” Beer Festival
Saturday, May 10
Join us for Belle Grove's most spirited event of the year! "Of Ale and History" Beer Fest will take place Saturday, May 10. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. and tastings will be from noon to 6:00 p.m. Tasting tickets $25 and designated driver tickets $10. Tickets go on sale in March so watch this site for updates. Live music will be performed by Souled Out and Cazhmiere.
Thank you to our corporate sponsors BB&T, Cassaday & Company, Dixie Beverage, Griffin Tavern & Restaurant, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, Wayside Inn, Lucky Star Lounge, Polly's Cab, Fastsigns, and Grand Rental Station. Your company's logo could be here too! Contact us for more information and ask about how you can have a Beer Fest VIP tent for your employees or clients.
2014 “Hite of Excellence” Dinner Series: Tombs to Blooms
Saturday, May 31, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Tour the Old Strasburg Cemetery, the town’s oldest public cemetery, then learn the art of flower arranging from Buggy B’s talented florist, Barbara Plitt. Your flower arrangement will serve as the centerpiece for a casual luncheon on the porch of an 1800s log cabin.
Belle Grove Garden Fest
Saturday June 7, 8am - 3pm
Join Belle Grove and the Master Gardeners of the Northern Shenandoah Valley for the 11th-annual GardenFest, Saturday, June 7 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Great garden and craft vendors will also be on hand to discuss their products and wares.
2014 “Hite of Excellence” Dinner Series: Elegant Evening at Belle Grove
Saturday, June 7, 6 p.m.
Enjoy gracious libations and live music on the front porch with spectacular mountain views, then dine as the Hites did in Belle Grove’s beautiful golden Dining Room and Parlor.
2014 “Hite of Excellence” Dinner Series: Gods and Generals at the Alamo Drafthouse
Wednesday, July 9, 4:30 p.m.
Be our guest for this exclusive evening of Southern food and beverage and a special screening of Gods and Generals, the Civil War story of the rise and fall of legendary was hero Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson as he leads the Confederacy to great success against the Union from 1861 to 1863.
2014 “Hite of Excellence” Dinner Series: Art in the Barn
Friday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.
What could be better than a summer evening of aesthetic inspiration and festive conviviality on the grounds of Belle Grove! Sip wine or beer and indulge in delicious hors d’oeuvres while strolling through an impressive art show in Belle Grove’s 1930’s Barn. The artwork, all by talented regional artists, will be displayed for viewing and purchase.
Belle Grove Wine Festival
Saturday September 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Join us for the Belle Grove Wine Festival. Sample a fine variety of regional Shenandoah Valley wines and watch local chefs as they demonstrate their culinary and wine-pairing skills. House tours, food, music, craft vendors and much much more are available during the event which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2014 “Hite of Excellence” Dinner Series: VIP Luncheon at Belle Grove’s Wine Festival
Saturday, September 13, 12 p.m.
The lucky few with these tickets will be treated to a gourmet buffet lunch, featuring wine, exclusive parking and full festival access during Belle Grove’s Annual Wine Festival.
2014 “Hite of Excellence” Dinner Series: Champagne at Sunset
Saturday, October 4, 6:30 p.m.
What could be more sublime than sipping champagne to live music on Belle Grove’s front portico as the sun sets behind the Allegheny Mountains? Elegant hors d’ouevres, and a behind-the-scenes Manor House tour are included in the evening’s festivities.
Antiques Appraisal & Traditional Crafts Fair (Saturday Only)
Saturday, November 1, 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.
2014 “Hite of Excellence” Dinner Series: Extravagant Wine & Dine at North Mountain Vineyard
Friday, November 7, 6:30 p.m.
With the harvest complete and a fall chill in the air, you are invited to witness wine making at North Mountain Vineyard. The evening will feature North Mountain’s award winning wines and sumptuous buffet. Guests will also have an exclusive opportunity to visit the cellar and barrel room to see where the magic happens. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be the first to try a new vintage!
“Christmas in the Valley” Candlelight and Daytime Holiday Tours
Select Days, December 12-30
Celebrate our "Christmas in the Valley" complete with themed decorations by regional garden clubs. Come and see Belle Grove’s Christmas tree beautifully decorated in the historic Parlor and listen to live holiday music. Relax after your Daytime or Evening tour with Belle Grove’s own Spiced Tea and cookies by the Winter Kitchen Hearth and find the perfect gift in the Museum Shop. Many have made this a family tradition!
2014 “Hite of Excellence” Dinner Series: Historic Holiday Tea
Saturday, December 13, 2 p.m.
Looking for a special gift to enjoy with a daughter, granddaughter, or niece? Treat them to a tour of the Manor House decorated to the theme of “Christmas in the Valley.” Then take afternoon tea as Nelly Madison Hite would have hosted it, with special sweet and savory treats and traditional English tea.
2014 “Hite of Excellence” Dinner Series: Cocktails at Christmas
Sunday, December 14, 5 p.m.
Come toast the holidays when Wayside Inn’s mixologists unveil a new signature cocktail featuring Belle Grove 1797 Whiskey. Linger over appetizers by the Wayside Inn and then tour the Manor House all decked out for Christmas.
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.