Surprise Proposal – David and Jackie – Sunday, August 23, 2015

August 28, 2015
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One of the best parts of being at Belle Grove Plantation is being a part of so many special moments in other people’s lives. From celebrations of birthday, anniversaries, weddings and family gathering, each of them hold special stories and memories that very few get the chance to witness.
With each of these special moments come new parts of history at Belle Grove Plantation.
In doing the research of Belle Grove Plantation, there were so many times I wished someone would have written down what they witnessed during those events. How exciting it would have been to hear about James Madison’s birth or the marriage of the Turners. Sadly, we can only guess what it would have been like. But because of today’s technology, we are able to record and document these special moments in history.
This story is one of those special moments we were so honored to be a part of.
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Thank you David and Jackie for allowing us to share in this special time!
Congratulations and we wish you all the blessings in the world!

Photography by
Hockensmith Portraits
www.hockensmithportraits.com
Facebook – Hockensmith Portraits

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“Best Thing”
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Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast – King George, Virginia
Voted “Most Romantic Place to Propose” 2015

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Now Featuring on Scoutology – Belle Grove Plantation’s top 12 Reasons to visit!

August 27, 2015

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In the past weeks several of our Facebook friends have received a request from us for the top reason they would visit Belle Grove Plantation. We have taken this list and given it to the Scoutology to create their article. Today, this article is a feature on their website.

Check out – Belle Grove Plantation in King George: The Best Bed & Breakfast in Virginia

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Faces from the Past

August 20, 2015

Today I had the thrill of a life time.

As most of you know, I started working on the history of Belle Grove almost from the day I found it online. Where was James Madison born? What happened here during the Civil War? Did John Wilkes Booth make an appearance here before crossing the Rappahannock River? These were just the tip of the iceberg when it came to questions about this beautiful plantation. And just when I thought I could say I knew it, something would come along and lead me to new discoveries.

Some of the questions would be answered quickly and some times with little or no effort. But others would elude me, sometimes for months and even years. The burial site of the Hipkins-Bernard family was like this. Finding the 6 foot monument at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, just at the entry of Belle Grove, was the start of a ten months odyssey of finding their site. After months of searching records, I would find my answer at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, among family records in their Special Collection. Believe me it was so hard not to jump up and down and scream, “I found it!”

In the research I have done, I think one of the most important things I looked for, and sometime hoped for, were photographs of the past residence. I don’t know, but to me looking at the face of a past resident some how helps me to see what life could have been like during their time. For the many families I have found that owned Belle Grove, I have been very surprise at the ease of finding photographs, drawings and painting of them. Who knew that finding Fanny Hipkins-Bernard’s painting would have been so quick and easy. But within in a few months, I held her likeness in my hands. It was a wonderful moment to know that I was looking at the face of the young girl that the original, center section of the mansion was built for.

But one family has long been missing from the mansion. The Turner Family was a very important family to Belle Grove. Of all the past owners, with the exceptation of the current owners, the Haas Family, Carolinus Turner would make the biggest impact on the architectural look of Belle Grove. While he made these changes in the pursue of a wife and to show off his wealth, the lasting effects today makes Belle Grove Plantation of the top 100 Architecturally Significant Structures in Virginia. (We are ranked #29 out of 100).

With all the changes that have happened, I have never been able to find any photographs of the family. You would think with showing off so much, they would have had many photographs of the family as well. My heart longed to see what Carolinus looked like. I have also been drawn to Caroline Turner Jett, Carrie in short. Having her etching in the Turner Suite window made me wonder what she might have looked like and what her story could be. And what of Carolinus Turner’s wife, Susan Augusta Rose Turner? Her final resting place is still a mystery to me. She isn’t buried with the family at Emmanuel. I also know that she was just 17 years old when she married Carolinus, who was 42 years old.

Well, today, this part of my search has ended.

Thanks to Elizabeth Lee of the King George Historical Society, I now can look at the faces of the past. My plan is to reproduce them, frame them and add them to the Turner Suite. What a great day it has been!

Carolinus Turner

Carolinus Turner

Susan Augusta Rose Turner

Susan Augusta Rose Turner

Aunt Carrie dau of Carolinus

Caroline “Carrie” Turner Jett – Oldest Daughter of Carolinus and Susan Turner

George Uncle son of Carolinus

George Turner, as a young boy – Only Son of Carolinus and Susan Turner

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George Turner, as a young adult – Only Son of Carolinus and Susan Turner

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George Turner, as an older adult – Only Son of Carolinus and Susan Turner

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Jane Murphy McGuire – wife of George Turner – Only Son of Carolinus and Susan Turner

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