Win a Weekend Getaway at Belle Grove Plantation

25/06/12 11:48 PM

Just imagine pulling up to our two hundred and twenty-one year old plantation home to spend two beautiful nights in one of our Master Suites overlooking the plantation and the river. Each of the Master Suites will be filled with period style furnishing matching the period that the family for whom the room is named lived at Belle Grove Plantation.  After you arrive, join us at 5pm sharp for a Wine and Cheese reception with local Virginia wines and hors d’oeuvres.

Sample a traditional Mint Julep while taking in the view of the Rappahannock River from the riverfront portico.  Afterwards, take a stroll around the property with Brett and Michelle and learn about the history of Belle Grove Plantation from its beginnings in 1670 to the birth of James Madison to the Civil War and John Wilkes Booth. Afterward return to your room with a turndown service and a night cap of Port Wine and a special Belle Grove snack.

Blueberry Oatmeal Streusel French Toast with Warm Maple Rum

You and your companion will wake to a gourmet three-course breakfast served in the formal dining room or you can choose to have a private breakfast on the balcony overlooking the river. You can spend your day relaxing and reading in our library, or go exploring the local history of George Washington, Robert E. Lee or the Civil War Battlefields of Fredericksburg. You may also chose to enjoy tasting the delights of Ingleside Winery or a quiet gourmet dinner at River Haven Restaurant overlooking the Rappahannock River.

Return for the Wine and Cheese Reception and then a quiet evening watching the sunset over the river from the Riverfront balcony.

What could be better than this? How about all of this for free?

Here is your chance!

Today we will be launching a fund-raising campaign in an effort to save the three outbuildings you may have read about in the previous post. We truly believe these buildings are worth the time and effort to save because they hold the past of this plantation. Built around the late 1700s, they could reveal life for the plantation families and slaves that lived here from 1791 to the present. With their restoration and preservation, we will be able to preserve and present that history to future generations to come.

Here’s what you need to do to enter:

Please visit our campaign site at

and read over our information for the campaign. Once you have made your donation, claim one of the “perks” we have set up. You can only claim one. Once we receive your information, we will register you for the drawing. We will send you via email the ticket numbers for your records. Please make sure you include your email address and phone number so we can call you if you win! We do not share any information and do not add you to any email list.

The drawing will take place on August 25, 2012. We are hoping to be able to open Belle Grove Plantation Bed & Breakfast in September, 2012.

Our goal is to raise $30,000 with this campaign with an ultimate goal of raising a total of $200,000 with future fund raising campaigns. This will help us restore and preserve these valuable pieces of history. We will also be using the funds to make some improvements to the grounds.

How you can help us?

You can help us by sharing the word to others. Please consider sharing this post with your readers on your blog and on Facebook.

We have to have at less two contribution within the first two days of the campaign in order to be added to Indiegogo’s browser.

Another way to help us is to visit the campaign site as many times as you can and by commenting on the campaign. By doing so, we will accumulate “points” with Indiegogo. If we receive enough “points” they will feature us on their home page. As all of you are aware, by being featured on the home page, we will get much needed exposure for our campaign. This will help us greatly!

We really appreciate your donations!

Remember all donations great and small will make a difference! We will record the names, city, state (and country) of those who donate to our campaign. The name of each contributor will go on a list that will become part of the New History of Belle Grove Plantation. Once we have finished the restoration, three copies of this part of the new history will be made. One copy will be retained at Belle Grove, the second will go to the King George County Historic Society and the third copy will go to the Virginia Historic Society to be archived as part of the permanent history of Belle Grove Plantation for future generations.

James Madison

Become part of the history of Belle Grove Plantation that includes the birthplace of James Madison and the trail that John Wilkes Booth and his Union pursuers traveled!

Thank you for your support and generosity.

(NOTE! We will be adding a video of Belle Grove Plantation soon to the Indiegogo site)

Posted by Michelle Darnell | in Year of the Virginia Historic Homes | 36 Comments »

36 Comments on “Win a Weekend Getaway at Belle Grove Plantation”

  1. WOW! What a gorgeous house! Well done!

  2. Thank you! We are so excited to have this opportunity! We hope one day you will be able to come and experience it in person!

  3. hermitsdoor Says:

    I’m reminded of what the Mount Vernon Ladies Association was doing to restore George Washington’s home 130 years ago. When they built the new visitor’s center, we donated a serviceberry bush for the landscaping.

  4. Oh wow! I bet that was a real thrill! Now you are part of the history of Mount Vernon!

  5. bentneedle Says:

    Reblogged this on The Bent Needle and commented:
    Take a moment to browse the pictures of James Madison’s birthplace! These lovely folks are turning it into a bed and breakfast and are trying to preserve three other historical buildings on the property. Support them if you can! I’m already trying to plan a trip for when they open. 🙂

  6. Thank you so much for sharing us with your readers and supporting us as we work towards bring this plantation back to life! It means so much to Brett and I!

  7. Good luck to you!

  8. Thank you! If you have a chance, please visit our fund raising page at Even if you are not able to help us with a donation, just a comment on our campaign counts as points towards us getting on the featured page. Thank you so much!

  9. What a fantastic way to raise money for such a worthy cause. This contest may be my only chance to be able to stay at the Belle Grove, so later on today, I’ll be donating. Thanks for all the sharing. The food pix alone have me hooked. But you already knew that. ;-). I’m posting this on face book and asking people to share. GOOD LUCK!

  10. Thank you so much! It is because of people like you we are going to be able to bring this beautiful plantation back to life!

  11. oceannah Says:

    Reblogged this on oceannah and commented:
    This lovely B&B is offering a free weekend visit to their new (gorgeous) plantation, thought you might like a look-see and a chance to win.

  12. Thank you for sharing our blog and give away with your readers! It means so much to us! If you have a chance, please visit our fund raising page at Even if you are not able to help us with a donation, just a comment on our campaign counts as points towards us getting on the featured page. Thank you so much!

  13. oceannah Says:

    What a great opportunity! Reblogged on That breakfast looks like I better keep my distance….not for those on a diet eh?

  14. Thank you again! : )

  15. Reblogged this on lazylauramaisey.

  16. Thank you so much for sharing our give away on your blog! If you have a chance, please visit our fund raising page at Even if you are not able to help us with a donation, just a comment on our campaign counts as points towards us getting on the featured page. Thank you so much!

  17. lolabees Says:

    Looks so beautiful. And that french toast… yum!

  18. Thank you! It was good! We hope you can stop by someday and try some!

  19. Lisa at fLVE Says:

    Good luck!!! Just contributed! I hope you hit your goal! 🙂 Have a great day~

  20. Thank you so much! We really appreciate it! 🙂

  21. What a beautiful plantation! Such an amazing place. I’m such an history nerd, so I appreciate what you’re doing–it’s humbling and admirable!

  22. Thank you so much! I am a history nerd too 😉 I just love anything history. Please check out of Indiegogo site! We have a new video added! You can even see the resident osprey “Dolley” flying over the house!

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  24. Thank you so much for sharing our blog with your readers! It means so much to us!!

  25. Reblogged this on bountifulgiving and commented:
    Preserving a piece of our country’s past and giving us all a place to experience history in our everyday life.

  26. Thank you for reblogging us!

  27. Just pinned this page on Pinterest to raise awareness!
    I will probably enter the raffle soon too!

  28. Awesome – thank you so much Sara!!

  29. […] stands guard along the Rappahannock River in Port Conway, are offering everyone the opportunity to win a weekend at the plantation, which they’re turning into a bed and […]

  30. Thank you for sharing our blog with your readers! Every comment, every penny and every visit will help us save these beautiful 220 year old outbuildings and bring back to life this beautiful historic plantation!

  31. Reblogged this on EMPOWERED RESULTS ~ Creating A Difference In Our Communities… and commented:
    Hi my Fellow Bloggers and Readers!
    If you been following Michelle’s trivia posts which led up to the unveiling of The Belle Grove Plantation Bed & Breakfast, then you will enjoy this post! Especially the photo of the Blueberry Oatmeal Streusel French Toast with Warm Maple Rum…yum!
    Please visit her campaign site at and donate.

  32. Thank you! You are so awesome!!

  33. 🙂

  34. nyparrot Says:

    Hmmm… Looks and sounds like a really romantic distention!

  35. It would be a great weekend getaway for two! You should register for the drawing!

  36. nyparrot Says:

    I’ll mark this one down for my future travels. Thanks so much for brining it to my attention!