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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!
 

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Check out our VIP Wine Tasting and VIP Brewery Tasting Tours!
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SPECIAL NOTE

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

Saturday, May 20th

Saturday, May 27th

Sunday, May 28th

Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th (Civil War Weekend)

Saturday, June 10th

Sunday, June 11th (Tea with Elvis)

Saturday, June 17th (Ladies of Belle Grove 1st Annual Bazaar)

Sunday, June 18th

Saturday, July 15th (Amazing Race)

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We will reopen on the next tour date after the events.

Private Events can be adding at anytime. Please check our website before you come to visit for any updated dates. Thank you.

 

May 2017

 

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

Sunday, May 21st
Cancelled – Will Be Rescheduled in the Fall
 

June 2017

 

Civil War Weekend

Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th

During the Civil War, the Turner Family resided at Belle Grove Plantation. Mr. Turner, just in his 50s with his wife, Susan and their four daughters and one son, ranging from mid-teen to pre-school age, were witness to one of the most tragic times of our country. While they didn’t participate as soldiers for either sides, the Turners did bear witness to the hardships, the uncertainty and at times fear that became a day to day existence.
Arriving in 1862, the Union Army would arrive to take the mansion, livestock, slaves and property, forcing the Turners to retreat to another home at Chotank. According to the Turner Family history, the army did allow their only son, George, who was nine years old at the time to keep his horse.
Belle Grove Plantation was a strategic location during the war with the Rappahannock River narrowing and the supply route from Baltimore to Richmond for the Confederate Army. The line would be drawn right down the middle of the river here with the Confederate Army at Port Royal and the Union Army in Port Conway.

Join us as we revisit this time in history at Belle Grove Plantation. Come learn and experience what different segments of the population lived through during the war.

A two-day encampment and occupation of Belle Grove Plantation will bring to life experiences and history in a way you will never forget.

Reenactors and Units Participating
(More will be added as they confirm)

(More to be added as they confirm)
Ron Carley – President Lincoln
Michael Crutcher – Frederick Douglass
Tim Hodge – Major Martin Robinson Delany
Tina Woolum – Mrs. Lincoln
Gregory Randall – General Jackson
53rd VA Infantry Co. H
3rd Richmond Howitzer

Saturday, June 3rd
Civil War Boot Camp
9:00am to 4:00pm

Come, grab your “Boot Camp Passport” and learn what life was like for different segments of the population. Meet President and Mrs. Lincoln and so many more. As you use your passport to visit each area, you will gain a knowledge of the hardships and trials each person faced during the war. Infantry, Artillery and Calvary soldiers from both the North and South as well as Slaves and Freed Slaves will share their lives experiences in a way that will leave you truly understanding more about the war.

Antebellum Afternoon Tea
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Genteel Ladies and Debonair Gentleman are invited to join in our Antebellum Afternoon Tea. During this Spot of Tea, you will enjoy a flavorful pot of tea and a sweet plate of treats to tickle your pallet. Dress in your finest day dress and suits and found yourself transported back in time.
The Ribinator BBQ will be on site to provide food and beverages.

Due to this event and the use of several of the common rooms, Belle Grove Plantation’s mansion will not be providing tours of the home on Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday, June 4th
Civil War Encampment
9:00am to 4:00pm

Come, grab your “Boot Camp Passport” and learn what life was like for different segments of the population. Meet President and Mrs. Lincoln and so many more. As you use your passport to visit each area, you will gain a knowledge of the hardships and trials each person faced during the war. Infantry, Artillery and Calvary soldiers from both the North and South as well as Slaves and Freed Slaves will share their lives experiences in a way that will leave you truly understanding more about the war.

Antebellum Afternoon Tea
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Genteel Ladies and Debonair Gentleman are invited to join in our Antebellum Afternoon Tea. During this Spot of Tea, you will enjoy a flavorful pot of tea and a sweet plate of treats to tickle your pallet. Dress in your finest day dress and suits and found yourself transported back in time.
Due to this event and the use of several of the common rooms, Belle Grove Plantation’s mansion will not be providing tours of the home on Saturday and Sunday.

Advance Tickets
Saturday, June 3rd
Civil War Boot Camp (17 years and under) – $5.00
Civil War Boot Camp (18 years and older) – $10.00
Antebellum Afternoon Tea (Includes Boot Camp Tickets) – $35

Sunday, June 4th
Civil War Boot Camp (17 years and under) – $5.00
Civil War Boot Camp (18 years and older) – $10.00
Antebellum Afternoon Tea (Includes Boot Camp Tickets) – $35

Tickets purchased at the door
Saturday, June 3rd
Civil War Boot Camp (17 years and under) – $10.00
Civil War Boot Camp (18 years and older) – $15.00
Antebellum Afternoon Tea (Includes Boot Camp Tickets) – $40

Sunday, June 4th
Civil War Boot Camp (17 years and under) – $10.00
Civil War Boot Camp (18 years and older) – $15.00
Antebellum Afternoon Tea (Includes Boot Camp Tickets) – $40

You will not receive a physical ticket for this event. On arrival, you will check in at the front of the mansion to receive your “Boot Camp Passport” or wrist band for other events.

Advance Tickets are recommended and encouraged. If you wish to cancel your tickets, you may do so until May 27th. After May 27th, tickets will become non-refundable.

Due to this event and the use of several of the common rooms, Belle Grove Plantation’s mansion will not be providing tours of the home on Saturday and Sunday.

Are you a reenactor or unit that might want to participate? Are you a Sutlers that would like to set up your wares for the public to view? Please contact us as soon as possible before all spaces are taken!

Military Units or Individuals Reenactors – Please contact Sheldon Bell at sb53va@yahoo.com
Sutlers or Vendors – please contact Michelle Darnell at information@bellegroveplantation.com

 

Afternoon Tea with Elvis

Sunday, June 11th
1pm to 4pm
$40 advance tickets / $50 on or after May 28th

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”.

Historic Mansion Tour is included in this event.

All Proceeds from this event will benefit the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation. Through events such as this the foundation is able to continue it’s PRIME Mission to preserve, restore, improve, maintain and educate the public about Belle Grove Plantation and it’s Amazing American History.

Extras
Have the King sing a song just for you! Purchase a special Elvis Serenade and Elvis will sing a song selected by you just for you.
Elvis Serenade – $20 per person.

Elvis Tribute Artist – JohnMonforto

The Ultimate Tribute to the King

Elvis is alive through the amazing talents of John Monforto. Featured Elvis Tribute Artist for Norwegian Cruise Lines. John has thrilled audiences with his highly trained baritone voice and dazzling 1970’s jumpsuits across the U.S. and Internationally for over 30 years. It is reviewed that “John Monforto’s tribute to Elvis Presley is second to none”. John’s performance is packed with all of the best of Elvis’ music, classic moves, giveaways, dancing, sing-a-longs and audience participation. Offering performances with a full band or with pre-recorded tracks. This show is a must see!

John has performed as Elvis for cruise ships, television, radio, concerts, thousands of major corporations, public and private events. He has been seen on billboards as Elvis across Europe for Sony and has received the Best Elvis Award at Harrah’s Casino Atlantic City.

John Monforto is a corporate entertainer providing entertainment for major corporations, trade shows, conventions, public and private events, cruise ships and television from coast to coast and across Europe for over 30 years. Union SAG/AFTRA

 

1st Annual Ladies of Belle Grove Bazaar

Saturday, June 17th
(Rain Date – Saturday, June 24th)
10am to 5pm

Come enjoy a day at the Plantation with the family as the Ladies of Belle Grove present their 1st Annual Ladies of Belle Grove Bazaar. There will be a market place around the first circle where vendors and marketers will sell their items. While the ladies shop, gentlemen will enjoy a day of Corn Hole during our Corn Hole Tournament. Trophies and Cash Prizes to the first, second and third place. Explore Belle Grove Plantation’s Historic Mansion or experience one of our tours. Food and Music for all to enjoy on this beautiful summer day at the plantation.

Costs

Bazaar Market
Open to the public for free! Come shop our Bazaar Market and find treasures to take home!

Direct Sales Vendors – $50 per space

Yard Sales – $15

Food Vendors – Got a food truck and want to get in on the fun? Reserve a space today!
$150 per space

Tours
Tours will begin at the top of the hour starting at 10am and run until 4pm. The Ghosts of Belle Grove Plantation will only have one tour at 5pm.

Historic Mansion Tours – See the historic mansion and learn about its previous families, architecture and antiques.

Adults – $15 / children under 18 – free

Enslaved Experience and History – Learn about the enslaved community of America, Virginia and Belle Grove Plantation. Some information given during this tour may not be suitable for young audiences. Please select this tour with caution.

Adults – $15 / children under 18 – free

Ghosts of Belle Grove Plantation
Is Belle Grove Haunted? Many have come to seek out the paranormal and found evidence that we are in fact one of the most haunted plantations in Virginia.

Only on tour at 5pm
Adults $15 / children under 18 – free

 

CPRI Paranormal Investigation of Belle Grove Plantation

Saturday, June 17th and Sunday, June 18th
8pm to 12am each night
LIVE BROADCAST – Plantation not open to the public during the investigation

Is Belle Grove Haunted?

Many paranormal teams have come seeking this answer and have come awhile with amazing evidence. Guests have reported seeing and hearing things. Photos have shown strange and unique things. Belle Grove has even open the doors to the public to come and be a “Ghost Hunter” for the night.
But what really goes into a Paranormal Investigation?

CPRI Paranormal will be conducting a two-day Paranormal Investigation and you can now join in as they seek out more evidence. Through our LIVE BROADCAST, you can be a paranormal investigator right from your own home!

Pass to view the LIVE BROADCAST for 2 days – $25

Purchase your ticket today, we will email you the website information one week before the LIVE BROADCAST

 

July 2017

 

The Amazing Race 2017
Presented by the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation

Saturday, July 15th
9am to 10pm

THIS IS NOT A FOOT RACE – IT IS A GAME

You’ve probably seen it on TV. Can you hack it? Can you make it? Prove It! You’ll have the time of your life during this Wild and Wacky Adventure as you conquer the common and celebrate the quirky side of our community. Teams of two to four will race from destination to destination throughout the King George, Westmoreland and Caroline Counties to complete surprise challenges and make it to the finish line! This event is more FUN than physical!

This is no foot race!

Unlike the television show, The Amazing Race, our race is for points instead of time. You will start with your first challenge at Belle Grove Plantation. Once you complete your challenge, you are off! You will be given a list of ten places within King George, Caroline and Westmoreland Counties. You must visit each one to complete another challenge and earn points.

What kind of Challenges?

Our challenges are more fun than physical. Anyone of any age can play along without fear of not being able to complete a challenge. Past challenges have included walking with books on your head through the Caroline County Library, boxing and wrapping a package for shipment at the UPS Store (watch out for those foam peanuts) and finding a post-it on an antique gas pump at an Antique Mall.

Ways to Earn Extra Points!

During the race, not only will you earn points at each of our amazing Location Challenge Stops, but you will be given a list of other ways to earn extra points. These extra points can give your team the edge to win the 1st place trophy! You can also earn points for sharing your experience on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Starting on June 1st, there is will be extra point bonuses that you can earn before the race! So getting signed up early can really help!

So what do I get for being a part of this Amazing Race?

We will be awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place trophies for the top three teams. Ask any of the top winning teams from our Amazing Race 2015 and 2016 what kind of bragging rights they have had over the last two year! The 1st place winners are coming back this year and have already told us that they will not be defeated! That sounds like a “challenge” to everyone else!

We will be awarding two more trophies as well. One will be for the most funds raised for the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation. The second trophy will be for the Best Dressed. We are encouraging each group to select a theme for their team! Super Heroes, Hobbits, Cat People and even a team wearing lemons is all acceptable. The crazier the theme, the more fun you will have and be recognized throughout the community!
After the race ends and all the teams and Location Challenge Stops get back to Belle Grove Plantation, we will have a wonderful cookout and award the winners!

Where does the fund go and what is it for?

All Proceeds from the event will benefit the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation. Through this foundation and the funds raised, Belle Grove Plantation will be “PRIME” for the future! It is the mission of the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation to Preserve, Restore, Improve, Maintain and Educate the public about Belle Grove Plantation and its long history.

How do I get started?
First!

Get your friends together and form your team. Team can be 2 to 4 people. We encourage you to try for 4 people. The more the merrier! Team members must be 16 years or older to participate. Participants under 18 must have the waiver signed by parent or legal guardian and have a supervisor 21 years or older on the team. One team member will need to be the Team Leader. You should also coordinate on whose car you will be using.

Second!

Come up with your Team’s Theme! Just remember, you will need to dress the part. July can be a little warm in these parts so you want to not wear anything too heavy. Don’t need you passing out.

Third!

Register your team! You can complete this form or complete your registration online.
Deadline to register your team is Sunday, May 30th.

Fourth!

Once your registration form is completed, your Team Leader will receive more information on the Amazing Race to share with you.

Join our Community Project!

This event is a great way to reach our community and bring everyone together for a common good. Does your location want to be one of the Challenge Stops this year? Does your business want to take part in the Donation Location Challenge?

By being a Challenge Stop or Donation Location, not only are you helping the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation, but your location will receive promotion on our social media, listing as a sponsor on our website, shout outs on our social media sites and foot traffic before and during the Amazing Race.

If you are interested, please contact us via email at information@bellegroveplantation.com. We only take 10 Challenge Stops so don’t delay in your request!
 

Psychic Weekend with JMarie

Saturday, July 22nd
Sunday, July 23rd

Half Hour Private Readings
Saturday – 10am to 12:30pm / 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Sunday – 10am to 11:30am / 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Ghost Hunting with JMarie – $25 per person
Saturday – 8pm to 9:30pm

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, its 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.

Extras

Overnight Suites
We currently have two suites available for Saturday, July 22nd. If you wish to book the Madison or Turner for this night, please contact us directly. We have taken the suites offline for the use of our Psychic weekend guests.

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.

You may cancel your reservation up to Saturday, July 15th for a full refund. Cancellations or no shows on or after Sunday, July 16th will be non-refundable.
 

August 2017

 

Discovering Your Gifts Within with JMarie

Saturday, August 12th
10am to 5pm
Sunday, August 13th
10am to 4pm
Cost – $200 with a light lunch

2-Day Intensive Workshop for Students of ALL Levels

Concepts covered will include but not be limited to:

• Tapping into your own inner psychic
• Meditations
• Balancing your energy centers/auras
• Connecting to the Spirit World and Mediumship
• Meeting your Spirit Guides
• Reading Energies through Items and Photos/Psychometry
• Learning and Working with the 3 Claire’s
• And Much More!

All students are asked to bring at least 1 picture of someone who has passed away. (You may bring more than one)
All students are asked to bring 3 small objects. They may belong to someone living, such as yourself or family, or have belonged to someone who is in Spirit.

Tickets

$200 per person with a light lunch

Refund for Purchase
You may receive a full refund of your purchase up to 8 days before the event. We are sorry, 7 days or less your purchase is nonrefundable.

Special for Overnight Guests

Book an overnight stay on Saturday and have breakfast with JMarie on Sunday! To book your stay, please call us directly at 540-621-7340. Rooms are blocked online to the online public.

September 2017

Spirits Festival

Saturday, September 9th
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 and sign-up for a corn hole tournament. 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.

Parking is FREE

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

Designated driver/Under 21

Tickets On-line or at the door are $10. Parking is FREE

The Designated Drive/Under 21 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.

Corn Hole Tournament
Entry Fee
Advance Registration before September 9th
$30 per couple or $15 per person looking for a partner

At the Door Registration on September 9th
$40 per couple or $25 per person looking for a partner

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

NO OUTSIDE COOLERS, FOOD or PETS ALLOWED