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Public Events at Belle Grove Plantation

Come join us at Belle Grove Plantation during some of our exciting Special Public Events! From Living History with historic performers to Afternoon Teas and VIP Dinners, there is something for the whole family!
 

 

New!
Now Accepting Reservations for One Hour Afternoon Tea Service
Reservations required with a 48 hour notice

Click our Online Reservation Button and view dates and areas available for Afternoon Tea at Belle Grove Plantation.

For More Information on our Afternoon Tea, please visit our Tea page.

 

SPECIAL NOTE
SPECIAL NOTICE FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 3rd
Due to inclement weather, Belle Grove will be closed for tours. We will reopen on Wednesday, June 6th at 1pm, our normal tour schedule.

Belle Grove Plantation Mansion and Grounds Tours will be closed in for the following dates due to Private Events or Holidays.

Saturday, July 7th

Friday, July 27th (Lincoln’s Wedding – open to the public – No tours)

Saturday, July 28th (Civil War Weekend – Tours are part of the event – open to the public)

Saturday, August 11th (Tea with Elvis)

Friday, August 24th and Saturday, August 25th (Ghost Hunt USA Weekend)

Saturday, September 8th (Spirits Festival – Tours are part of the event – open to the public)

Friday, August 21st

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.

 

Upcoming Events

 

July 2018

 

Civil War Weekend

Friday, July 27th
7pm
Saturday, July 28th
9am to 9pm

Lincoln’s Wedding

Friday, July 27th
7pm

Free Event – No RSVP required

Come celebrate the real marriage our Mr. Lincoln (Ron Carley) and Miss Mary Todd (Tina Woolum) as they say their “I do” on our riverside bluff. In 2017, Ron Carley, who has portrayed President Lincoln for Belle Grove since 2014, asked his girlfriend, Tina Woolum, who has portrayed Mary Todd Lincoln since 2016 asked her to marry him on the front steps of Belle Grove Plantation. This year, Ron and Tina will exchange wedding vows as a Civil War reenactment of the marriage of President Lincoln and Miss Mary Todd.

They would like to invite you to join in the celebration as the sun sets over the river. The wedding will start at 7pm. You may dress in period dress or come in comfort. They ask that in lieu of a wedding gift to please make a donation to the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation to help with the restoration of the 1720-1750 Summer Kitchen, Ice House and Smokehouse.

Civil War Day

Saturday, July 28th

Encampment and Full Immersion Experience

9am to 9pm

Come experience the sights and sounds of a Civil War Encampment. Demonstrations and instructions on what life was like as a soldier during the Civil War.

Want to experience the life as a soldier? We are offering a chance to dress and fall in with the encampment. Purchase this special limited ticket and come dressed and ready to be a part of this experience. You will report to the encampment at 9am to fall in with the troops. You will be with the troops from 9am to 9pm. If you are without a uniform, please contact us. We may have a few that can be used for the day.

Afternoon Tea with President and Mrs. Lincoln

1pm

Come enjoy the taste of the finer things surrounded by over 200 years of American History with President and Mrs. Lincoln. The timeless ritual of Afternoon Tea served at Belle Grove Plantation offers antique china, elegant surroundings and delicious selections of scones, tea sandwiches and a sumptuous display of sweets.

United States Colored Troops – Importance in Civil War
Speaker – Willie Brown

12pm and 3pm

Hear about the African American History and its importance during the Civil War. Author, Willie Brown will clarify many areas to give a better understanding of what actually happened to the United States Color Troops and will give a complete explanation of what made the United States Color Troops unique.

This subject was made popular because of the Emancipation Proclamation, which created the United States Colored Troops. Even though it was created by President Lincoln, there were many obstacles to succeed and to fight as soldier. They were to be commanded by a white commanding officer and could not arise above the rank of sergeant. There are several Medal of Honor recipients from the United States Color Troops and the US Navy and a list of African American women that made a tremendous contribution to the Union Army. The Civil War couldn’t have been won without the infusion of two hundred thousand enlistees of African descent.

Tickets
Encampment Tour Only

Advance Tickets (all ages) – On or before July 1st – $5.00
Tickets (all ages) – After July 1st – $10.00

Full Immersion Encampment Experience

This is a full day experience. You will report to the encampment at 9am to fall in with the troops. You will be with the troops until 9pm. This is a limited ticket so don’t want to purchase. Includes Presentation – United States Colored Troops – Importance in Civil War

Advance Tickets (all ages) – On or before July 1st – $30.00
Tickets (all ages) – After July 1st – $40.00

Afternoon Tea with President and Mrs. Lincoln

Advance Tickets – On or before July 1st – $40.00
Tickets – After July 1st – $50.00

Enslaved Experience and History Tour

Advance Tickets – On or before July 1st – $10.00
Tickets – After July 1st – $15.00

Historic Mansion Tour

Advance Tickets – On or before July 1st – $10.00
Tickets – After July 1st – $15.00

Cancellation

You may cancel your tickets for a full refund on or before July 1st – After July 1st or no shows Tickets are non-refundable

Dietary Concerns

We are sorry, but we are not able to accommodate gluten-free, sugar free or dairy free diets for our tea event.

Table Settings

For our tea, we work hard to place all family and friends together. You may need to share a table with other guests as well.

 

August 2018

 

Tea with Elvis

Saturday, August 11th
1pm to 3pm
SOLD OUT

He’s just a hunk a hunk of burning love! And he will be your “Teddy Bear” for the afternoon as Belle Grove Plantation hosts Elvis for Afternoon Tea.
Turn back the clock to the 1960s when the King of Rock and Roll ruled Las Vegas strip. Enjoy delights made from recipes favored by the Elvis. Enjoy your cup of afternoon tea while Elvis sings about “Heartbreak Hotel” and asks if you are “Lonely Tonight”.

Tickets
SOLD OUT

Advance Tickets – On or before Sunday, July 28th – $40.00
Tickets – After Sunday, July 28th – $50.00

Cancellation

You may cancel your tickets for a full refund on or before August 1st – After August 1st or no shows Tickets are non-refundable

Dietary Concerns

We are sorry, but we are not able to accommodate gluten-free, sugar free or dairy free diets for this event.

Table Settings

We work hard to place all family and friends together. You may need to share a table with other guests as well.

 

September 2018

 

 

Spirits Festival
Hosted by the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation

September 8th 12pm to 6pm

Art – Wine – Distilled Spirits
Bands – Food Trucks
Specialty Vendors

Come experience the pleasures of the palate from featured Virginia Wineries and Distilleries. Enjoy live music from regional bands, delicious food options, unique artisans and crafters. Beer will be available to purchase by the glass.

All proceeds from this event go to benefit the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation. This non-profit organization is committed to assist in the preservation, restoration, improvement, maintenance and education of the public about Belle Grove Plantation and its amazing American History.

Belle Grove Plantation, birthplace of President James Madison, is a historic Virginia Landmark set on a sprawling 694 acres. Walk in the steps of history while enjoying the beauty of the grounds. Bring your lawn chair and tent or shelter and enjoy an afternoon on the banks of the Rappahannock River. Tents & Shelters must be weighted and secured or will be asked to be removed.

Purchase Tickets On-line

All guest 21 and over are $25 advanced and $30 at the door.

Designated driver/Under 21
Tickets On-line or at the door are $10.

Parking is FREE

General Admission Tickets include access to the festival, free sample wine glass, wines and distilled spirits samples, great live music and delicious food options.

The Designated Drive/Under 21 Admission Tickets has access to the festival, all the vendors, great live music and delicious food options.

Kids 12 and under are FREE

House Tours
Tours of the mansion at Belle Grove are available for $10 per person.

50/50 Raffle Tickets
$5 each or 5 for $20

NO OUTSIDE COOLERS, FOOD or PETS ALLOWED