Belle Grove Open
Belle Grove Plantation is open to the public. We conduct guided tours of the historic Manor House Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. -4 p.m and Sunday 1-5 p.m. More details are here. The Beverley B. Shoemaker Welcome Center at Belle Grove, which includes the Museum Shop and exhibits, is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Guided tours of the Manor House have been modified to accommodate physical distancing. They are held at the regular schedule of :15 past each hour and at regular admission prices. There is a limit of ten guests per tour and admission is sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests over the age of 5 are required to wear masks over their nose and mouth indoors. Tours will include indoor and outdoor portions.
To encourage physical distancing, only 10 guests are allowed in the Welcome Center at a time. They are asked to follow a one-way pattern through the Museum Shop and safe distance from other patrons while looking at exhibits. Guests are required to wear masks over their nose and mouth indoors. Personnel in the Welcome Center will also be wearing masks and the point-of-sale station is behind a plexiglass screen. A hand-sanitizer station is available for guests upon entering the building and Belle Grove will follow extra cleaning protocols.
There are self-guided brochures of the grounds and outdoor signage that interpret the property. Belle Grove has picnic tables placed at safe physical distance that guests are welcome to use. No pets are permitted on the Belle Grove grounds.
If we have incidents of positive COVID-19 cases, will close to clean and ensure personnel are safe. We apologize for any inconvenience. To confirm we are open, please call 540-869-2028.
Shenandoah Valley Tapestry—A Journey Through Time on Display
Belle Grove is hosting the Shenandoah Valley Tapestry—a community stitching project that was spearheaded in 2015 by the Winchester Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America and the Multicultural Club College of Frederick County. It depicts in embroidery the painting Winchester and Frederick County, Virginia by Page Huff Dillon, which was in turn, was inspired by the book Defend the Valley by Margaretta Barton Colt. The tapestry was unveiled in 2018 and has been on display at Handley Regional Library. It is now traveling to various locations around the region. It magnificently and meticulously illustrates historic sites in Winchester and Frederick County, including Belle Grove. Eighty-one stitchers of all skill levels and ages, from across five states and from abroad worked on the Tapestry. Through community outreach events, 1,400 community members also made one stitch in this unique artwork. Pictured here is Belle Grove in petite pointe by Diane E. Trobaugh. The Tapestry is on view on the lower level of the Beverley B. Shoemaker Welcome Center during Belle Grove’s open hours through December 30, 2020. Guests are also invited to "take a stitch" in a new embroidery piece depicting Belle Grove's historic Plantation Office and Store building.
The Board of Directors and staff of Belle Grove Plantation are grateful for the ongoing support of our donors and members during this challenging time. We also thank the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation for funding through its Historic Sites Emergency Grant Fund, Virginia Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities for funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Humanities Relief Grant Program, Rebuild VA Grant Fund, the Frederick County Economic Development Authority's Forward Frederick COVID-19 Grant, and the Peck-Stacpoole Foundaton.