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Public Events at Belle Grove Plantation

Come join us at Belle Grove Plantation during some of our exciting Special Public Events! From Living History with historic performers to Afternoon Teas and VIP Dinners, there is something for the whole family!
 

New!
Now Accepting Reservations for Afternoon Tea

Click our Online Reservation Button and view dates and areas available for Afternoon Tea at Belle Grove Plantation.

For More Information on our Afternoon Tea, please visit our Tea page. Reservations required with a 48 hour notice.

 

 

SPECIAL NOTE
Due to the extreme cold weather, Belle Grove Plantation will not have tours Wednesday, January 3rd to Sunday, January 7th. We will reopen for normal tour hours on Wednesday, January 10th. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Belle Grove Plantation Mansion and Grounds Tours will be closed in for the following dates due to Private Events or Holidays.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 2nd to 4th

Saturday, April 14th (Titanic Tea and Dinner)

Saturday, April 28th

Saturday, May 5th

Sunday, May 13th (Mother’s Day Champaign Brunch)

Saturday, May 26th

Saturday, June 2nd

Thursday, June 7th

Saturday, June 9th

Saturday, June 16th

Saturday, June 23rd

Belle Grove Plantation will reopen on the next normal tour date. Private Events can be adding at anytime. Please visit our Tea page for Afternoon Tea dates not available. Please check our website before you come to visit for any updated dates. Thank you.

 

February 2018

 

FEBRUARY SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER – Willie Brown
William Lynch Speech

Sunday, February 25th
1:00pm

The William Lynch speech is an address delivered to an audience on the bank of the James River in Virginia in 1712 regarding control of slaves within the colony. A short speech given by a slave owner, in which he tells other slave masters that he has discovered the “secret” to controlling black slaves.

Come learn and discuss this speech during our one hour presentation.

This presentation is one hour and is limited seating. Reservations Required.

William Lynch Speech Presentation Reservations

In Recognition of Black History Month, for the month of February, we are offering this presentation at no cost. To make your reservation, please email us at information@bellegroveplantation.com with your name, phone, number of guests and date you would like to request. We will send you a confirmation email afterwards.

About the Author Willie Brown

Mr. Brown was Born in Prichard, Alabama and moved to Buffalo NY during his teen years. After marrying Ann Wilson and starting a family, he found time to return to school. He earned both a bachelors and master’s degree from the State University College of NY at Buffalo.

His determination landed him a job with the Better Business Bureau of WNY. Later he moved on to the City of Buffalo Civil Service Commission where he served as Supervisor of Recruitment. During this period he served on the Affirmative Action Committee, which authored the City of Buffalo Affirmative Action Plan. He also served as an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist for the Buffalo Board of Education and taught at Madille College as an adjunct professor.

In spite of his demanding job and family responsibility, he found time to involve himself in volunteerism. He served on many community boards. Was involved in the 1490 Enterprise and assisted in the acquisition of a unoccupied housing development, and converted it in to a section 8, (202) program for seniors and disable low income residents. He was an active member of James City County Lions Club for many years. Served as Chair of the Annual Medgers Evers Award Dinner in Buffalo, New York.

He is married to Author Ann A. Brown and together they have three adult children and one great grand daughter. He and his wife moved to Virginia after retirement. Mr. Brown does presentations on African American History and is a former member of the Virginia Heritage History Club. He is the author of “United States Colored Troop: Importance In Civil War”.

 

March 2018

 

 

Keep the Cup Afternoon Tea

March 10th 1pm to 3pm

How many Afternoon Tea Parties have you ever attended only to fall in love with your tea cup and want to take it home with you? Beautiful antique and vintage cups from England and American that you just know would be perfect at home with you?

Now you can come and enjoy Afternoon Tea and take your tea cup home with you!

A different cup for each person along with a special menu of two flavors of scones, three flavors of tea sandwiches and three flavors of petite desserts will be served with our special blends of loose-leaf tea.

Tickets

Deadline for purchase is Sunday, March 3rd

Advance Tickets – On or before February 25th – $40
Tickets – After February 25th – $50

Cancellation

You may cancel your tickets for a full refund on or before February 28th – After February 28th or no shows Tickets are non-refundable.

Children

We love having all ages at Belle Grove for Afternoon Tea. But we would like to limit the youngest to 5 and older please.

Dietary Concerns

Due to the nature of Afternoon Tea, we are sorry, but we are not able to accommodate gluten-free, sugar free or dairy free diets for this event.

Table Settings

We work hard to place all family and friends together. You may need to share a table with other guests as well.
 

Psychic Medium Weekend

Saturday, March 17th / Sunday March 18th – ONLY ONE MORE TIME AVAILABLE!

Throughout childhood JMarie was always searching for a connection with her own mother who was on Spirit side. Though her gifts were there, it wasn’t until many years later when her awakening would begin after some unexpected life changes.

She herself felt compelled to seek out a medium, allowing her to hear those messages she had always longed for from her mother, that would forever change her life. This leading her to find her renewed faith, spirituality and development of her own Spiritual gifts.

Through her development for the past few years, she has found that she not only connects with your loved ones, but works with guides, angels and past lives as well. She finds that the Divine aids her throughout her readings, bringing in and connecting with the Link of Love.

To give you an overview of JMarie, she is an Evidential Spiritual Psychic Medium, Reiki Practitioner, and an Ordained Minister. As she connects with the link of love, using evidence for validation, she finds that the evidence can be anything from birthdays, personalities, memories, names, remote viewing and more. All depending on the connection and link I have with your particular loved one(s) from the Spirit side of life.

In every sitting/reading, the process is the same, yet different. There are several ways a person in Spirit can communicate, and it’s all about how your loved one(s) feel it’s easier to connect with me. Whether that is seeing, hearing, feeling, etc.

The process of Mediumship / Psychism is like a puzzle, one that is filled with smiles, tears, love, memories, and more as we place the pieces together throughout your sitting/reading. She offers a unique style of card reading to accompany psychism, connecting with your loved ones, guides, and more. She enjoys using Reiki Energy if Spirit directs us to do so, to help in balancing your energy, centering, clearing of chakras, aura, and aiding in the healing of ailments and uses the energy when viewing and/or clearing past lives and more.

She finds that in her readings, it’s a moment to recreate a memory, a moment…… Bringing your loved ones to sit with you once again.

JMarie will be coming to Belle Grove Plantation for two days of Private Readings and a Group Session. Due to popular demand, we have set all private readings at 30 minutes and will only have one person in the session at a time. The Group Session will be one hour.

Scheduled Times

Saturday, March 17th – Private Readings – One Person Only – 10am to 12:30 / 1:30pm to 4:30pm – (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, March 17t – Ghost Hunting with JMarie – 8pm to 9:30pm
Sunday, March 18th – Private Readings – One Person Only – 10am to 12pm / 12:30pm to 1:30pm – (ONLY 11am AVAILABLE)

Costs

Half Private Readings – Single Person – $120 / half hour
Ghost Hunting with JMarie – $40

Rooms

Overnight Suites are still available – We have taken the suites offline for exclusive use for this event. Please book directly by calling 540-621-7340.

Psychic Weekend Policies

Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your scheduled time.

Readings are one-person session only. Please do not bring family or friends to wait for you. If you bring additional people, they will be asked to wait in your car.

Due to popularity of this event, we are only offering one appointment per person. Please do not purchase two half hours to get a one-hour appointment.

During the Private Reading Session, Belle Grove Plantation’s mansion will be open for tours from 1pm to 4pm. If you wish to tour the mansion, you are more than welcome to do so before or after your session. The mansion tour is 45 minutes and costs $15 per adult.

Cancellation

You may cancel your reservation up to Thursday, March 1st for a full refund. Cancellations or no shows on or after Friday, March 2nd will be non-refundable.
 

Ladies Day Out – Wine, Cheese and Hat Making Class with Melissa

March 18th 1pm to 3pm

Time to get out of the house and have a fun filled afternoon at Belle Grove Plantation. Melissa Sullivan will be teaching Afternoon Tea Hat making while you enjoy a social with wine and cheese. Get your Titanic Tea Hat ready for our Titanic Tea in April! Cost includes supplies needed to create your fabulous Titanic Tea hat and food and drinks.

Seating will be limited. Wine is only available for 21 years or older. Other beverages will be available for those who are under age or non-drinkers.

Tickets

Class, including supplies, food and beverages – $50

Cancellation

You may cancel your tickets for a full refund on or before March 4th – After March 4th or no shows Tickets are non-refundable.

 

April 2018

 

 

Titanic Afternoon Tea

April 14th 1pm to 3pm – ONLY 10 SPACES AVAILABLE

Step back in time to a period of luxury, elegance and 5-star service with our Titanic Afternoon Tea. Set in the historic surroundings of Belle Grove Plantation, our Afternoon Tea is an experience not to be missed!

Step abroad and receive your passenger boarding pass with the name of a real Titanic passenger. Meet our First-Class Ladies of the Titanic such as Margaret Brown and Lady Duff Gordon.

Our special menu of two flavors of scones, three flavors of tea sandwiches and three flavors of petite desserts will be served with our special blends of loose-leaf tea.

Tickets

Deadline for purchase is Sunday, April 8th

Advance Tickets – On or before March 30th – $40
Tickets – After March 30th – $50
ONLY 10 SPACES AVAILABLE

Cancellation

You may cancel your tickets for a full refund on or before March 30th – After March 30th or no shows Tickets are non-refundable

Children

We love having all ages at Belle Grove for Afternoon Tea. But we would like to limit the youngest to 5 and older please.

Dietary Concerns

Due to the nature of Afternoon Tea, we are sorry, but we are not able to accommodate gluten-free, sugar free or dairy free diets for this event.

Table Settings

We work hard to place all family and friends together. You may need to share a table with other guests as well.
 

Titanic Dinner

April 14th 6pm

Iceberg right ahead!

Mark the 106th anniversary of the sinking of the legendary RMS Titanic. At 11:40pm this luxurious ship struck an iceberg and three hours later slip the depths of the North Atlantic, carrying with her more than 1,500 passengers and crew members.

Belle Grove Plantation marks this historic event in our history with a period dinner. Many menus of the elaborate fare survived the sinking and we will be bringing some of these elegant dishes back for one night. Come join us for a unique evening as we remember the tragic event that marked the end of the Edwardian Age.

For this night only, first-class, second-class and third-class passengers will dine at the same table. Dress in period and find yourself sliding back in time. Period Dress is not required. You may dress in formal or business wear. When you purchase your ticket, you will be selecting a passenger that you would like to be for the evening. We encourage you to do some research before coming to the event so that you can assume your passenger’s identity for the evening.

When you arrive, you will receive a special boarding pass with your passenger’s name as a souvenir and have a complimentary photo to remember your evening.

Evening Events

Champagne Cocktail Hour with passed hors d’oeuvres – 6pm to 7pm
Eight Course Tasting and Wine Dinner – 7pm to 10pm
After Dinner Sherry Nightcaps – 10pm to 11pm

Menu

First Course – Champagne Cocktail Hour
Canapés a l’Amiral

Second Course – Dining
Consomme Olga

Third Course
Salmon Mousseline

Fourth Course
Chicken Lyonnaise, Vegetable Marrow Farci

Fifth Course
Sorbet

Sixth Course
Filet Mignons Lil, Potatoes Anna

Seventh Course
Punch Romaine

Eighth Course
Cornish Hen, Turnip Puree

Ninth Course
Cold Asparagus Vinaigrette, Pate

Tenth Course
Waldorf Pudding

Tickets

Deadline for purchase is Sunday, April 8th
Advance Tickets – On or before March 30th – $95.00 per person
Tickets – After March 30th – $110.00 per person

Cancellation

You may cancel your tickets for a full refund on or before March 30th – After March 30th or no shows Tickets are non-refundable

Dietary Concerns

We are sorry, but we are not able to accommodate gluten-free, sugar free or dairy free diets for this event.

Table Settings

We work hard to place all family and friends together. You may need to share a table with other guests as well.

Extras

Overnight Suites are still available – We have taken the suites offline for exclusive use for this event. Please book directly by calling 540-621-7340.

All proceeds to benefit the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation. Through events like this, the foundation can continue their Prime Mission of preservation, restoration, improvement, maintains and educating the public about Belle Grove and its amazing American History. For more information on this non-profit organization, please visit www.bellegroveplantation.org
 

May 2018

 

Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch

Sunday, May 13th 1pm

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. – Abraham Lincoln

She was there for you when you needed her. When you were sick, you found comfort in her arms. When you were hurt, she kissed and made it better. She was your best cheerleader and your sounding board when troubled. One day a year, we remember her.

This year, make her day truly special with a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at Belle Grove Plantation. Enjoy a wonderful brunch at Historic Belle Grove Plantation and after brunch, tour the Historic 1791 mansion.

Menu

Spinach & Provolone Quiche
Chicken and Mushroom Crepes
Nutella Crepes
Ham and Cheese Turnovers
Parmesan Hash Brown Cups
French Bread Bites
Honey Lime Rainbow Salad
Berry Cream Fruit Tartlets
Champagne Floats (Sparkling White Grape Juice Floats for non-alcoholic option)

Tickets

Deadline for purchase is Sunday, May 6th
Advance Tickets – On or before April 30th – $40.00
Tickets – After April 30th – $50.00

Cancellation

You may cancel your tickets for a full refund on or before April 30th – After April 30th or no shows Tickets are non-refundable

Dietary Concerns

We are sorry, but we are not able to accommodate gluten-free, sugar free or dairy free diets for this event.

Table Settings

We work hard to place all family and friends together. You may need to share a table with other guests as well.
 

July 2018

 

Civil War Weekend

Friday, July 27th
7pm
Saturday, July 28th
9am to 9pm

Lincoln’s Wedding

Friday, July 27th
7pm

Free Event – No RSVP required

Come celebrate the real marriage our Mr. Lincoln (Ron Carley) and Miss Mary Todd (Tina Woolum) as they say their “I do” on our riverside bluff. In 2017, Ron Carley, who has portrayed President Lincoln for Belle Grove since 2014, asked his girlfriend, Tina Woolum, who has portrayed Mary Todd Lincoln since 2016 asked her to marry him on the front steps of Belle Grove Plantation. This year, Ron and Tina will exchange wedding vows as a Civil War reenactment of the marriage of President Lincoln and Miss Mary Todd.

They would like to invite you to join in the celebration as the sun sets over the river. The wedding will start at 7pm. You may dress in period dress or come in comfort. They ask that in lieu of a wedding gift to please make a donation to the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation to help with the restoration of the 1720-1750 Summer Kitchen, Ice House and Smokehouse.

Civil War Day

Saturday, July 28th

Encampment and Full Immersion Experience

9am to 9pm

Come experience the sights and sounds of a Civil War Encampment. Demonstrations and instructions on what life was like as a soldier during the Civil War.

Want to experience the life as a soldier? We are offering a chance to dress and fall in with the encampment. Purchase this special limited ticket and come dressed and ready to be a part of this experience. You will report to the encampment at 9am to fall in with the troops. You will be with the troops from 9am to 9pm. If you are without a uniform, please contact us. We may have a few that can be used for the day.

Afternoon Tea with President and Mrs. Lincoln

1pm

Come enjoy the taste of the finer things surrounded by over 200 years of American History with President and Mrs. Lincoln. The timeless ritual of Afternoon Tea served at Belle Grove Plantation offers antique china, elegant surroundings and delicious selections of scones, tea sandwiches and a sumptuous display of sweets.

United States Colored Troops – Importance in Civil War
Speaker – Willie Brown

12pm and 3pm

Hear about the African American History and its importance during the Civil War. Author, Willie Brown will clarify many areas to give a better understanding of what actually happened to the United States Color Troops and will give a complete explanation of what made the United States Color Troops unique.

This subject was made popular because of the Emancipation Proclamation, which created the United States Colored Troops. Even though it was created by President Lincoln, there were many obstacles to succeed and to fight as soldier. They were to be commanded by a white commanding officer and could not arise above the rank of sergeant. There are several Medal of Honor recipients from the United States Color Troops and the US Navy and a list of African American women that made a tremendous contribution to the Union Army. The Civil War couldn’t have been won without the infusion of two hundred thousand enlistees of African descent.

Tickets
Encampment Tour Only

Advance Tickets (all ages) – On or before July 1st – $5.00
Tickets (all ages) – After July 1st – $10.00

Full Immersion Encampment Experience

This is a full day experience. You will report to the encampment at 9am to fall in with the troops. You will be with the troops until 9pm. This is a limited ticket so don’t want to purchase. Includes Presentation – United States Colored Troops – Importance in Civil War

Advance Tickets (all ages) – On or before July 1st – $30.00
Tickets (all ages) – After July 1st – $40.00

Afternoon Tea with President and Mrs. Lincoln

Advance Tickets – On or before July 1st – $40.00
Tickets – After July 1st – $50.00

Enslaved Experience and History Tour

Advance Tickets – On or before July 1st – $10.00
Tickets – After July 1st – $15.00

Historic Mansion Tour

Advance Tickets – On or before July 1st – $10.00
Tickets – After July 1st – $15.00

Cancellation

You may cancel your tickets for a full refund on or before July 1st – After July 1st or no shows Tickets are non-refundable

Dietary Concerns

We are sorry, but we are not able to accommodate gluten-free, sugar free or dairy free diets for our tea event.

Table Settings

For our tea, we work hard to place all family and friends together. You may need to share a table with other guests as well.

 

August 2018

 

Tea with Elvis

Saturday, August 11th
1pm to 3pm

He’s just a hunk a hunk of burning love! And he will be your “Teddy Bear” for the afternoon as Belle Grove Plantation hosts Elvis for Afternoon Tea.
Turn back the clock to the 1960s when the King of Rock and Roll ruled Las Vegas strip. Enjoy delights made from recipes favored by the Elvis. Enjoy your cup of afternoon tea while Elvis sings about “Heartbreak Hotel” and asks if you are “Lonely Tonight”.

Tickets

Advance Tickets – On or before Sunday, July 28th – $40.00
Tickets – After Sunday, July 28th – $50.00

Cancellation

You may cancel your tickets for a full refund on or before August 1st – After August 1st or no shows Tickets are non-refundable

Dietary Concerns

We are sorry, but we are not able to accommodate gluten-free, sugar free or dairy free diets for this event.

Table Settings

We work hard to place all family and friends together. You may need to share a table with other guests as well.

 

September 2018

 

 

Spirits Festival
Hosted by the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation

September 8th 12pm to 6pm

Art – Wine – Distilled Spirits
Bands – Food Trucks
Specialty Vendors

Come experience the pleasures of the palate from featured Virginia Wineries and Distilleries. Enjoy live music from regional bands, delicious food options, unique artisans and crafters. Beer will be available to purchase by the glass.

All proceeds from this event go to benefit the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation. This non-profit organization is committed to assist in the preservation, restoration, improvement, maintenance and education of the public about Belle Grove Plantation and its amazing American History.

Belle Grove Plantation, birthplace of President James Madison, is a historic Virginia Landmark set on a sprawling 694 acres. Walk in the steps of history while enjoying the beauty of the grounds. Bring your lawn chair and tent or shelter and enjoy an afternoon on the banks of the Rappahannock River. Tents & Shelters must be weighted and secured or will be asked to be removed.

Purchase Tickets On-line

All guest 21 and over are $25 advanced and $30 at the door.

Designated driver/Under 21
Tickets On-line or at the door are $10.

Parking is FREE

General Admission Tickets include access to the festival, free sample wine glass, wines and distilled spirits samples, great live music and delicious food options.

The Designated Drive/Under 21 Admission Tickets has access to the festival, all the vendors, great live music and delicious food options.

Kids 12 and under are FREE

House Tours
Tours of the mansion at Belle Grove are available for $10 per person.

50/50 Raffle Tickets
$5 each or 5 for $20

NO OUTSIDE COOLERS, FOOD or PETS ALLOWED