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.
Wednesday – Sunday 1:00pm to 4:00pm
No reservation required. Last Tour starts at 3:30pm
Our tours are a guided 45 minutes to 1 hour tour through the mansion. All rooms are open with the exception of those that are occupied by overnight guests or event spaces during that time. Grounds are open for self guided viewing with restrictions on the Caretakers home.
$15.00 – Adults
$10.00 – Children under 12
Free – Children under 4
Unable to make it during our tour hours? Call and schedule a private tour!
While we understand that not all can come during our tour hours, we do offer a private tour option when date and time is available. Private tours require at least 5 people and must be schedule ahead of time.
Adults – $30
Children – $20
We are sorry, but we do not offer discounts on Private Tours
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.
While Belle Grove Plantation is a historic site and bed and breakfast, the mansion is also a private residence. We do not allow individuals to enter and wander around the mansion unaccompanied. The grounds are open only during tour hours. We would love to have you come and visit, but please respect our home and hours.
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.
In 2011, we started our research of the history that is Belle Grove Plantation. It was our goal to uncover as much of the past as possible. To discover, to recover and to continue to tell the story. To us, all parts of this history is important. Each worked hand in hand in making Belle Grove Plantation what it is today.
One of the questions we get quite often is did Belle Grove Plantation have slaves? Through our research, we have uncovered names of slaves in wills and death records as well as through the Federal Census. In the Federal Census of 1840, owner Carolinus Turner showed 57 slaves. In the Federal Census of 1850, he had 72 and in the Federal Census of 1860, just before the Civil War, he had 92. The oldest slave we have been able to uncover was a female slave who was 80 years old.
We have made “connection” with the slaves of Montpelier, James Madison’s home in Orange, Virginia. Three slaves, Anthony, William “Billy” Gardener and Suny were known to have come from Belle Grove to Montpelier. Looking at President Madison’s grandmother, Rebecca Catlett Conway Moore’s will in 1761, she gave James Madison, age 10 a choice of five slaves.
Now, you can come and hear about one of our darkest times in Belle Grove Plantation’s history. Our Enslaved Experience and History Tour will cover not only our known history of our Belle Grove Plantation’s Enslaved Community, but will take you on a historic tour of the experiences that slaves endured during this time in American History. See artifacts, both from other areas as well as Belle Grove Plantation with known slave connections. Learn about how Africans changed the way we ate with foods and cooking techniques they brought with them.
We would like to caution you before you select this two hour tour. The subject matter can be graphic at times and is not recommended for the young or easily offended. Please consider carefully before booking your reservation.
Enslaved Experience and History Tour
Two Hour Tour conducted Wednesday to Sunday at 2pm each day.
Reservation Required. Purchase Tickets Online Below
Cost – $15
To make your reservation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone, number of guests and date you would like to request. We will send you a confirmation email afterwards.
Reservations after February, please purchase your tickets online.
Sunday, February 11th
Sunday, February 25th
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.
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 email@example.com with your name, phone, number of guests and date you would like to request. We will send you a confirmation email afterwards.
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”.
Is Belle Grove Plantation Haunted?
Many people and paranormal teams have tried to answer this question. Even the SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters has investigated. All that come away have the same answer . . . there is definitely something there.
We have seen apparitions. We have heard voices and sounds. We have seen a ball of light in broad daylight! We have photographs that just can’t be explained.
Now we are challenging you to find out for yourself!
Come join us as we discuss past experiences, share photographs, videos and EVPS (electronic voice phenomenon) and do our own paranormal investigation of the grounds.
Please note – These are a paranormal investigation, not a history tour.
Rates – $15.00 per person
Duration – 1.5 Hours – 9pm to 10:30pm
Parking is free and available on the left side driveway along the tree line.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-621-7340
Belle Grove Plantation Mansion and Grounds Tours will be closed in for the following dates due to Private Events or Holidays.
Sunday, February 18th
Thursday, February 22nd – No Historic Mansion Tours
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.
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.
$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 email@example.com to schedule you group tour and to discuss luncheon options. We ask for at least two weeks advance reservations for groups.
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.