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Ann Tunstall Maury Hite Online Exhibit
Belle Grove has a collection of letters that Mrs. Hite both wrote and received, which provide a glimpse into what life may have been like in the Shenandoah Valley during the early 1800s. This exhibit explores her life through her own words, from her family, to her faith, to her views on the enslaved workers at Belle Grove. Watch a Zoom presentation about the exhibit given by its creator, Jessica Pritchard-Ritter of For the Love of History Consulting



The Jackson Family: A Story of Resilience & The Enduring Love of Family
Online Exhibit

Ever since historians at Belle Grove found Emanuel Jackson‘s freedom papers in the University of Pittsburgh Libraries Free At Last? online exhibit, they have been fascinated by his family’s story from enslavement at Belle Grove to freedom in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This online exhibit begins to tell a story that unfolded from a single digitized document. Click here to see a one-hour presentation about this research. 


Mary Briscoe Baldwin Online Exhibit   
Granddaughter of Isaac Hite Jr. and Nelly Madison Hite, Ms. Baldwin was a female missionary who transformed education in Greece and Syria. She endured the loss of her parents at a young age, and chose the life of a missionary abroad rather than one of the more traditional roles available to women in that era. Watch a Zoom presentation about the exhibit given by its creator Jessica Pritchard-Ritter, of For the Love of History Consulting



The Tale of Two Women: Lucy Walker & Rebecca Cooley Gordon during the Battle of Cedar Creek Online Exhibit
In 1913, writer Clifton Johnson traveled along a path that took him through key moments in the Civil War, talking to ordinary people along the way and capturing their stories. In his book, Battleground Adventures, published in 1915, he shares the story of a black woman who recounts living through the Battle of Cedar Creek at Belle Grove in 1864. This exhibit shares Lucy Walker's short but powerful story and her connection to Rebecca Gordon, who was staying at Belle Grove. Watch a Zoom presentation about the exhibit given by its creator Jessica Pritchard-Ritter of For the Love of History Consulting

Check out Belle Grove's YouTube Channel with recordings of other online programs. Here are a selection: 

Watch a Zoom presentation by Archaeologist Matthew Greer about the Investigation of the Enslaved Quarter Site at Belle Grove

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the graffiti in the Belle Grove attic. And learn more about the attic here.







Learn about Francis Hunnwell, the last owner of Belle Grove who restored the Manor House and bequeathed the property to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the 1960s.