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Explore the Mansion and Grounds where a President was born!

Come walk the grounds where President James Madison drew his first breath. Take in the grounds where James Madison’s mother, Eleanor Rose “Nelly” Conway Madison was born, grew up and returned to have James. Walk through the mansion that Union soldiers forced a family from to take it as a Union Headquarters. Stand in the bowling green where Union soldiers set up camp. View where John Wilkes Booth rode the ferry across the Rappahannock River on the way to Garrett’s Farm. Learn about the Union detachment pursuing John Wilkes Booth stopping to rest, eat and sleep at the plantation. Stand in the Grand Hallway where one of those officers slept.



As you walk through Belle Grove Plantation’s mansion, you will feel instantly transported back with our period antiques. Each room is filled with antiques that reflect a time in the history of this grand Southern plantation.

Our collection was started in April 2013 and has continued to grow. From pieces that were found in antique shopping trips to antique auction, each piece tells us a story of the past. Our collection include very special donated pieces from individuals who wish their pieces to be a part of this very grand landmark. Each of these donated pieces from our candelabras in the parlor to the pewter chess set in the library have come to us with very unique stories that will live on as part of Belle Grove Plantation.

Belle Grove Field

We invite you to come and experience the sights and sounds of a true Southern Plantation.
Fall / Winter Hours (October – March)  Thursday – Sunday  1:00pm to 4:00pm
Spring / Summer Hours (April – September) Wednesday – Sunday  1:00pm to 4:00pm

Guided tour through the mansion

Grounds are open for self guided viewing with restrictions on the Outbuildings and Caretakers home.

Interested in a tour outside of our normal hours? Call and schedule a private tour! 5 person minimum for private tours, please.

Belle Grove Plantation does strive to provide the best possible accessibility to the mansion and grounds to meet our visitors’ diverse abilities and needs. However tours at Belle Grove Plantation do involve a fair amount of standing, walking, and stairs. Chairs are provided within rooms for those that can not stand.


Belle Grove Plantation will be closed in July for the following dates

Saturday, July 11th

Friday, July 17th

Saturday, July 18th

due to Private Events. We will reopen on the next tour date after the events.


Tour Prices

$10.00 – Adults

$5.00 – Children under 12

Free – Children under 4

Senior Citizen and Military (Active and Retired) Discounts – $8.00

Group Tours available – see below

Purchase Tickets

Tickets are sold at the mansion. They may be purchased with a credit card or by exact cash. We do not maintain cash in the mansion.


Parking is free and available on the left side driveway along the tree line.


Please email us at or call 540-621-7340


Adult Group Tours

Come spend the day where great men and women walked.

James Madison, George Washington and many more have walked these grounds. From the beginning history of America, Belle Grove Plantation has stood witness to it all. Touched by colonial expansion from Europe and by Civil War, Belle Grove Plantation has played a part in the creation of a nation.

Belle Grove Plantation offers group tours for 20 or less people.

Tour Price

$5.00 – for groups of 10 or more (minimum – 10)

Luncheons are available for an additional charge. Cost is determined by the catered menu.

Please email us at to schedule you group tour and to discuss luncheon options. We ask for at least two weeks advance reservations for groups.

Student Field Trips

Sharing the history of Belle Grove Plantation with students helps a new generation to come to understand what life was like at Belle Grove Plantation.

At this time, we are working on creating a program to offer a view into the life on a Southern Plantation.

We hope to offer this soon.


Pictures provided by Chamberlin Photography, Rebekah Beasley Photographs & DG Photography