Update on the Process

02/01/13 7:35 PM


Well it is given and now it is taken away….

We just got word this afternoon that our Christmas Miracle has been reversed. We will not be in the January 8th public meeting for our zoning process as we had hoped. We are now scheduled for February 12th. This means that we not make our goal of the “Soft Opening” on March 16th, James Madison’s Birthday. We are looking now at our opening date to be around May 1st.


It’s time to make lemonade!

BUT…we aren’t going to look at this as a set back, but instead a gift of time to get things ready for the opening. We will plan for the first years end celebration on March 16, 2014 instead.

In the meantime…


Ladies and Gentlemen…. start your OVENS! 

We have kicked off our first annual “Official Cookie of Belle Grove Plantation” Cookie Contest yesterday!

What a “sweet” way to start the New Year!

Grab your favorite cookie recipe and enter to win a $100 Visa Gift Card! The winning cookie will serve as the Official Cookie for one year at Belle Grove Plantation! Remember to use unpublished recipes. Copyrighted recipes will not be accepted. If you have posted a recipe on your blog only, they can be used.

The Theme is:

“A Cookie James Madison Would Like.”

Cookie Contest 2013

Just click on James Madison to find out how to enter!

Facebook Link


Posted by Michelle Darnell | in Darnell History | 39 Comments »

39 Comments on “Update on the Process”

  1. Glad you are staying so positive!


  2. Thank you! But what else can you do right? No need to die over something that is out of our control.

  3. May is a beautiful time in VA so even better! (And I hope your bulbs are resting safely underground for a fabulous spring showing.)

  4. Thank you! We haven’t gotten blubs in the grow yet. Landscaping hasn’t happened yet… argh!

  5. John Says:

    That stinks. Glad your staying positive though, a show of good character. 🙂

  6. Thank you John! Why worry about what you can’t change?

  7. May is a lovely month. It just happens to be my favorite. Your milk mustache is hilarious!

  8. Thank you! May is a wonderful month. I just hope we don’t lose too many upcoming weddings because if it though. Thank you about the milk mustache. I think Madison would be okay with it.

  9. Hang in there. “Inch by inch life’s a cinch. Yard by yard, life is hard.” I like your attitude. Make lemonade!!!! 🙂

  10. Thank you! I love your comment! Its so true! We will get there. One step at a time.

  11. Your positive attitude is wonderful and inspiring. Good for you!

  12. Thank you! Can’t get worried about things we can not change. Just have to move forward.

  13. vanbraman Says:

    Sorry to hear that you were delayed. I am sure that you will use the extra time wisely.

  14. Thank you! And we are going to look forward to a huge celebration come March 2014!

  15. tommiaw Says:

    Love the optimistic approach you have with the new start-date! (That gives me more time to add to my savings account for a bit of travel!)

  16. As we said, its a gift of time. We are going to get through this.

  17. Pat Says:

    Hi Michelle,that lemonade sure looks good yum!! It’s so good to see this is not getting you down at all,gosh setbacks especially small ones,throw me for a loop 😀 I’m already praying for attitude changes and temper changes too. I know you’ll so busy going through recipes that you want have much time for anything else 😀 enjoy. I don’t bake so I want be entering,have a wonderful day.
    Love you 😀

  18. Thank you Pat! We will get through this! I understand about the Cookie Contest. Also if you would, please share this with your friends on facebook or reblog us. We would really appreciate it! Thank you!

  19. Pat Says:

    Will Do!!

  20. MaryNell Says:

    Wish I had a cookie recipe to share… Best of luck as you continue with the opening preparations and can’t wait to visit one day.

  21. Thank you so much MaryNell! If you would, please share this with your friends on facebook or reblog us. We would really appreciate it! Thank you!

  22. LOVE YOUR ATTITUDE! You are strong, you will get through! 🙂

  23. Thank you! We just feel like it would be a waste of time worrying about what we can’t change. Onward…

  24. julespaige Says:

    Sounds like a fun contest. I’m mostly add to a box mix gal. But I look forward to learning hopefully some easy sort of healthy cookie recipes.
    That is if any exist.

  25. I know they do! And I am sure we are going to get some really good recipes too! If you would, please share this with your friends on facebook or reblog us. We would really appreciate it! Thank you!

  26. julespaige Says:

    I don’t have facebook, just creative writing sites, but perhaps this will work? Maybe if you come and visit the post with a like or a comment explaining the contest you might draw a few folks?
    Here is my offering (I’ll put a link to my post on the bottom.)

    Mindful 4:

    cotton candy spun clouds in a field of pale blue
    lone bird sits high atop the barren silver maple branches
    one might think it were a different season…


    sink your teeth into treats and immerse your imagination
    into spring and a picnic and homemade cookies
    to be judged and tasted in an old historical home
    where past a president pondered the affairs of states

    on an old rolling Virginian Plantation that once was enveloped
    in silence and shuttered against dawns and dusks, that is once
    again being revitalized and becoming a grand Belle for the ball.

    © JP/davh

    For my friends at Belle Grove Plantation
    If you enjoy history of the United States; Please Visit


  27. That is so wonderful! I love it!!! Could I repost it on my Facebook and in a posting on our blog? I would love to share it so everyone can read it!

  28. julespaige Says:

    How ever it helps. 🙂 As that was my intent.

  29. I have reblogged your post on our blog! And I will put a link on our Facebook page too! Thank you so much! You have really made me smile today!

  30. ManicDdaily Says:

    Good luck. It seems these things are often delayed. Maybe the season will be better. k.

  31. You know we are going to get through this. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it right? It is all going to be worth it in the end. Thank you!

  32. pierrmorgan Says:

    What a fabulous idea – from lemons to a cookie contest – I love it! Ohh the taste-testing…I’ll certainly spread the word. Happy New Year!

  33. Thank you so much!

  34. I think James Madison would be very proud of all you’re doing. I’m certainly thankful for all your efforts.

  35. Aw that is so sweet! I hope that we would make him and his mother proud! Thank you!

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  37. Thank you so much for sharing us with your readers! It really means a lot to us!

  38. pommepal Says:

    You deserve all the good wishes coming your way. I think May will be such a lovely spring time to open. The gardens will be bursting into flower It could still be cold in March. Best wishes to you

  39. Thank you! I believe things happen for a reason, so I am not going to question why, but just adjust to the new date. 🙂