Results are in!

06/05/13 3:15 PM

Just received my results from my ServSafe Food Management Course exam…

Pass-Bar-Exam-Stamp1 (1)

I passed!

This is just one more step closer to our opening!

I don’t know about you, but the wait is killing me!

We still have some things to complete around the Mansion and grounds before we can open the doors. We were hoping to be open by May 1st, but that isn’t possible with some of the delays we have hit. Could it be by Memorial Day Weekend? I sure hope so, but there is still so much to be done!

This week, I am back in Chesapeake working on our website! We have the layout design completed and all we have to do is add text, photos and the reservation software. Sounds easy right? Argh! With the phone ringing and things going every which way, it has been hard to focus on what to say!

Yes, that’s right; Michelle is speechless… for once.

But I am determined to complete it this week. We still need more photos of the Mansion… with furnishing. So that is going to have to wait until we get that part done. The interior designer is on standby at this point. We still need to finish some minor plaster repairs before we bring in the furnishings. Everything is so connected to the next!

HPC was able to get ONLY 2 high quality pens to commemorating the battle of Gettysburg - July 1-3, 1863 in this the 150th Anniversary of the battle from the small section of blood stained floor planking from the Sheaffer Farmhouse, which was used as a Union Field Hospital during and after the Battle of Gettysburg.

HPC was able to get ONLY 2 high quality pens to commemorating the battle of Gettysburg – July 1-3, 1863 in this the 150th Anniversary of the battle from the small section of blood stained floor planking from the Sheaffer Farmhouse, which was used as a Union Field Hospital during and after the Battle of Gettysburg.

This Saturday we are heading back to the plantation. It is a jammed packed day. We have Bob from The Historic Pen Company coming in to pick up the last of the Witness Tree wood from our trees. We are so excited to see what wonderful pens he will be producing from our wood! The best part is, the tree will still be with us… just in another form. I know allot of you have asked about pre-ordering the pens. Once I get all the information on them, I will let you know!

We also have a member of a Photography Club coming to see the plantation! I can’t wait to see how he views our beloved plantation through his lens! We are working on planning an event with this club at the plantation soon!


Last, but not least, we have a journalist from the King George Journal Newspaper coming to do a follow-up article on our progress to opening. It is so exciting to see how everyone is looking forward to the opening! I will post the article once it is printed.

Some more exciting news!

We have started planning some events for this year!

Mrs. Madison

Mrs. Madison

We are excited to announce that we will be having Mrs. Madison stopping by Belle Grove Plantation in August for afternoon tea! This event will be two parts. At noon on August 24th, we will have a young girl’s afternoon tea with Mrs. Madison. Girls from 8 to 16 years can come to the plantation and enjoy tea and conversation with Mrs. Madison. At 4:00 on August 24th, we will have a Ladies Afternoon Tea with Mrs. Madison. This will be a full afternoon tea and conversation with Mrs. Madison.

The Historic Performer for Mrs. Madison is portrayed by Dr. Lynn Uzzell. From her website,

“Lynn Uzzell received her B.A. in speech communications at Black Hills State University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in politics at the University of Dallas. Her doctoral dissertation explored the debates at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. She has taught courses in Political Philosophy, the American Political Tradition, American Rhetoric, and Leadership and the Humanities at Baylor University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Richmond. Dr. Uzzell is currently the scholar in residence at James Madison’s Montpelier and senior editor of ConText, an online resource for James Madison’s Notes of the Constitutional Convention. She has been portraying Dolley Madison for Montpelier since 2010.”

Mr. and Mrs. Madison (Dr. Lynn Uzzell and John Douglas Hall)

Mr. and Mrs. Madison
(Dr. Lynn Uzzell and John Douglas Hall)

We are also excited to announce that we will be having Mr. and Mrs. Madison at Belle Grove Plantation on September 15th for their 219th Wedding Anniversary. We will be having an Anniversary Lawn Dinner with food, music and good conversation with the Madisons!

We will release information about tickets and reservations soon!

Be on the look out for more events and classes to come!

We are also booking social events for this year and beyond!

We have several weddings, baby shower and social club events already booking! If you are interested in booking an event, please contact us as soon as possible. Contact us through email at or through our Facebook Fan Page Messages.

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Posted by Michelle Darnell | in Darnell History | 32 Comments »

32 Comments on “Results are in!”

  1. Gary Lum Says:

    Congratulations on passing the examination

  2. Thank you! I guess you can say you can now eat at Belle Grove with confidence 😉

  3. gemini232006 Says:

    Haha I saw the headline Servsafe and had to read. We had to take the class at culinary school, a class ( Literally every page in the book as a class)…then the exam. Glad you passed. I hope we get stationed in Virginia just so I can visit your wonderful plantation. 🙂

  4. Thank you! We didn’t get through the book page by page (thankfully) I would have fallen asleep! 😉 But it was a good course and it did remind me of things that I already knew, but haven’t used in years.

    Oh we hope you get stationed here too! It would be wonderful to meet you!


  5. Yay!!! Confrats!!!

  6. Thank you!

  7. sspjlife56 Says:

    I know it seems like it is taking forever, but you have done so much in little time. I love the pen and am in hopes that I may get one. A piece of the mansion in my very own hands

  8. Thank you Terry! We know it will happen when it is suppose to, but it just seems like forever!! I will get you the information as soon as I can so you can get one too!

  9. inkspeare Says:


  10. Thank you!

  11. acflory Says:

    Congratulations! You’re getting there. 🙂

  12. Thank you! I can’t wait to get there!

  13. tucsonmike Says:

    Congrats on passing the course, good luck with opening for Memorial Day and Greetings to Mr. and Mrs. Madison.

  14. Thank you! We are so excited about hosting the Madisons!

  15. Gregoryno6 Says:

    Mrs Madison was obviously a child bride.

  16. I will let her know for you 😉

  17. inkspeare Says:

    I just nominated your blog for the Liebster blog award. Just thanking you for your awesome content that inspires me.

  18. Thank you so much! We really appreciate it! It does mean a lot to us!

  19. Amy Says:

    Great news! It’s getting exciting…

  20. Thank you! I know what you mean! I just can’t wait!

  21. Congratulations Michelle! Here’s hoping Memorial Day weekend will see the doors to the mansion flung wide open!

  22. Thank you Michele! I really hope so!

  23. David Says:

    An argh! You must be ready for “Talk Like A Pirate Day”. 🙂

    Hope the rest of work continues to go well.

  24. I am ready!! By the way, did you know we had pirates that hit ships on our river in the 1700s? A little known fact.

    Thank you!

  25. Congratulations, Michelle! This year is turning out to be an eventful one, no? And it’s only May!

  26. It is, but I just wish it would hurry up to the good part!

  27. cheflynnie Says:

    Congrats fellow Serv-Safer

  28. Thank you! Now we just need to get the kitchen inspected and we are on the way!

  29. I do love Dolly’s hats. Dianne

  30. Thank you! We will have to make sure we get great photos for you!

  31. hermitsdoor Says:

    We’ll just have to look at our September calendar!

  32. Thank you!