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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!
 
 

 

Accepting Reservations for One Hour Afternoon Tea Service
Reservations required with a 24 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

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

Saturday, January 26th (Mary Poppins Tea)

Saturday, February 9th (Valentine’s Day Dinner)

Saturday, February 16th (Valentine’s Day Tea)

Saturday, March 23rd (Mad Hatter Tea)

Sunday, April 14th (Titanic Tea)

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

 

February 2019

 

Celebration of Black History Month
Month of February

At Belle Grove Plantation, we take pride in our history and we chose to recognize all parts, good or bad. During February, we have dedicated the month to remembering our enslaved community and their history. We want to recognize their lives and their importance to this historic location. Throughout the month, we will offer special tours, speakers and exhibits highlighting our past and that of enslaved people. We invite you to join us and learn about the past.

Tours


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.

Cost

Two Hour Tour at 2pm
Reservation Required.
For February Only – $7.50 (all ages – regularly $15)
For Schools or Homeschool Groups of 10 or more – $5.00 (all ages)

Special Note

Due to the graphic nature of our Enslaved Experience and History Tour, we caution those who are easily offended or young children from attending.

 

Speakers

United States Color Troops, Importance in Civil War
Speaker – Willie Brown
1/2 Hour Presentation

African American History was always interesting because an important part of it happened in the Civil War. Willie Brown’s book will try and clarify many areas that will assist with a better understanding of what actually happened to the USCT. The writer will try and give a complete explanation of what made the USCT 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 USCT 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.

Dates

Saturday, February 9th at 2pm
Wednesday, February 13th at 10am and 1pm

Cost

$5.00 (all ages)
Reservation Required.

 

African American Story Telling
Speaker – Rita Wagstaff
1 Hour Presentation

Come hear African Slaves Stories with a follow up on the history of the stories told by teacher, Rita Wagstaff. Learn about the clothing that slaves wore and about life on the plantation.

Dates

Saturday, February 9th at 1pm and 3pm
Sunday, February 10th at 1pm and 3pm
Wednesday, February 13th at 11pm and 2pm
Sunday, February 17th at 1pm and 3pm
Sunday, February 24th at 1pm and 3pm

Cost

$5.00 (all ages)
Reservation Required.

Celebration Concert
Saturday, February 23rd at 2pm
Ange Nzassi – African Songs -2pm
Arm of the Lord Ministries Gospel Group – 2:30pm

Saturday February 23rd the Arm of the Lord Ministries Gospel Choir from the Arm of the Lord Ministries of Fredericksburg, Virginia (2100 Airport Ave) presents A Celebration Concert, a musical celebration honoring Black History Month. The concert will begin at 2pm with Ange Nzassi, singer and musician from Africa presenting African Songs. This will be followed by the Arm of the Lord Ministries Gospel Group at 2:30pm preforming praise and worship.

Cost

$5.00 (all ages)
Reservation Required

Virginia African American Genealogy
Speaker – Cara Griggs – Reference Archivist with the Library of Virginia
Wednesday, February 20th – Presentation and Afternoon Tea
Saturday, February 23rd – Presentation Only
1pm – 1-hour presentation

One of the most difficult family history to research is that of African American families. Cara Griggs, a Reference Archivist with the Library of Virginia will be presenting ways to help families recover history that many thought was lost in time. Learn how to research both Enslaved and Free African American history. Find resources that are available through the Library of Virginia as well as other internet and local resources.
Wednesday, February 20th, enjoy the presentation followed by Afternoon Tea! This is a great opportunity to learn, discuss and network with others!

Cost

Saturday, February 23rd – Presentation Only
$5.00 (all ages)
Reservation Required

Cost

Wednesday, February 20th – Presentation and Afternoon Tea
$40.00 (all ages)
Reservation Required

 

Valentine’s Day Dinner
Hosted by the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation
Saturday, February 9th – 7pm to 9pm

Romance your special someone with an elegant evening at Belle Grove Plantation. Seating for two throughout our historic mansion for the evening. Your dinner includes a four-course meal with one choice bottle of red or white wine, soft music throughout the mansion, seating at a table for two in our common areas of the mansion and a complimentary photo to remember your romantic evening together.

Menu
First Course

Fig & Olive Tapenade Crostini, with Bacon Wrapped Dates stuffed with Blue Cheese

Second Course

Valentine’s Artisan Salad: spring mix with bacon, strawberries, candied pecans, balsamic vinaigrette

Entrée

Filet Mignon with mushroom red wine demiglace
Served with
Three Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Vegetables
Shrimp Skewers

Vegetarian Entrée – available on request

Cherry and Fontina Stuffed Portobellos
Served with
Three Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Vegetables
Shrimp Skewers

Dessert

Sweetheart Dessert to share

Beverages

Unlimited Iced Tea, Water and Coffee
Choice of one bottle of red or one bottle of white

Tickets

Dinner for two – $149

All proceeds to benefit the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation. Through events like this, the foundation can continue their Prime Mission of preservation, restoration, improvement, maintains and educating the public about Belle Grove and its amazing American History. For more information on this non-profit organization, please visit www.bellegroveplantation.org

Extras
Roses

Add a dozen Roses wrapped in tissue and presented to your sweetheart on arrival. Rose color cannot not be guaranteed red due to the demand of Valentine’s Day. Must be ordered by January 31st.
$60

Candies

Present your sweetheart with one dozen decadent chocolate truffles to sweeten your evening. Must be ordered by January 31st.
$30

Rooms

Overnight Suites are still available – We have taken the suites offline for exclusive use for this event. Please book directly by calling 540-621-7340.

Dress Code

The dress for the Valentine’s Day dinner is up to you. Formal or Business Casual.

Cancellation

You may cancel your tickets for a full refund on or before January 9th – After January 9th 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

Our tables are two-person tables and will located in the small dining room, formal dining room, parlor or library.
 

Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea
February 16th 1pm to 3pm

Spoil your loved one this Valentine with our Afternoon Tea at Belle Grove Plantation. Indulge your special one with a special Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea Menu served in the elegant settings of our historic 1791 mansion. What better way to spend a perfect Valentine’s Day!
Our special menu of two flavors of scones, three flavors of tea sandwiches and three flavors of petite desserts will be served with our special blends of loose-leaf tea.

Tickets

Advance Tickets – On or before January 16th – $40
Tickets – After January 16th – $50

Cancellation

You may cancel your tickets for a full refund on or before January 16th– After January 16th or no shows Tickets are non-refundable.

Dietary Concerns

Due to the nature of Afternoon Tea, 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.
 

March 2019

 

James Madison Birthday Remembrance
Presented by the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation
James Madison Birthday Remembrance
March 16, 2019
1pm to 4pm

Belle Grove Plantation, birthplace of James Madison and the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation commemorate the 268th birthday of President James Madison, Father of the Constitution and the Author of the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers.

We cordially invite you to join us as we commemorate the 268th birthday of James Madison at Belle Grove Plantation with a Birthday Remembrance Ceremony starting at 1pm on March 16, 2019.

The Birthday Remembrance Ceremony will feature wreaths given by local organizations in honor of President James Madison’s Birthday.
Following the Birthday Remembrance Ceremony, we invite you to join us inside our historic 1791 mansion dining room for a special reception with President Madison accepting your birthday wishes and sharing birthday cake with his guests.

Featured speaker, Bryan Austin as James Madison

Bryan Austin currently portraits James Madison in Colonial Williamsburg and has appeared recently at Montpelier.

Cost and Tours

Birthday Remembrance Ceremony and Reception will be free to the public.
Historic Mansion Tours will be available 2pm to 5pm for $10 for adults and children 12 and under free. We recommend advance tour ticket purchase to ensure spaces for historic mansion tour. Enslaved Experience and History Tours will not be available on Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Wreath-Laying

We invite organizations as well as individuals to contribute a wreath in honor of President James Madison for our Birthday Remembrance Ceremony. This wreath-laying and ceremony is presented by the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation, the non-profit organization at Belle Grove Plantation. The wreath-laying and ceremony will occur on the front lawn in the circle in front of the mansion. Wreaths will be displays on both sides of circle just behind the boxwood hedge.

Individuals or Organizations presenting a wreath will be give 2 reserved seats during the Birthday Remembrance Ceremony.

To present a wreath for the Birthday Remembrance Ceremony, please contact Michelle Darnell at 540-621-7340 or email information@bellegroveplantation.com with your name or organization name and contact information. Participation deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019.

Wreaths may be in any design you wish. We ask that you please provide a wreath stand for your wreath and a ribbon across the wreath with your name or organization name printed for recognition. Wreaths may be fresh or non-fresh. Wreaths need to be delivered to Belle Grove Plantation by Friday, March 15, 2019. After the ceremony, we ask that you leave wreaths for display until Monday, March 18, 2019 for those visiting Belle Grove during the weekend to view them.

Wreaths from Other Areas

Want to place a wreath in honor of President Madison’s Birthday, but you are out of the area?

Please contact Four Season Florist in King George at 540-663-9020 to place your wreath order. They will work with you to create a wreath then deliver it to Belle Grove Plantation on Friday, March 15th for the ceremony on Saturday, March 16th.
Wreaths will be fresh flowers. Each wreath will have a stand and ribbon with your name or the organization that you represent included in the price. Deliver to Belle Grove will be free.

Sizes

Simple Fresh Flower Wreaths (Small – 14”) – $50 and up
Simple Fresh Flower Wreaths (Small – 18”) – $100 and up
Simple Fresh Flower Wreaths (Small – 24”) – $200 and up

If you wish to do silk flowers, you will need to add $25 to $50 additional to price.
When placing your order, please let them know you are ordering for the Belle Grove Plantation event on March 16th. Wreaths will be removed on Monday, March 18th.

To be included in the program, we need to know that you are ordering a wreath by Friday, March 1, 2019. Email us at information@bellegroveplantation.com and let us know the name of the individual or organization that will be on the wreath, your contact information and mailing address. Your name will appear in the program, but no reserve seating will be held for you. We will mail you a copy of the program as a keepsake.

 

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
March 23rd 1pm to 3pm

Don’t be late for a very important date! Drop down the rabbit’s hole and land at a very mad afternoon tea party with Alice, the Mad Hatter and all of Wonderland Friends. But beware, the Queen of Hearts will be in attendance! Use the wrong tea etiquette and she call yell, “Off with their heads!”
This special afternoon tea party will include a very special gift!

How many Afternoon Tea Parties have you ever attended only to fall in love with your tea cup and want to take it home with you? Beautiful antique and vintage cups from England and American that you just know would be perfect at home with you?
Now you can come and enjoy our Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea Party and take your tea cup home with you!
A different cup for each person along with a special menu of two flavors of scones, three flavors of tea sandwiches and three flavors of petite desserts will be served with our special blends of loose-leaf tea.

Tickets

Advance Tickets – On or before February 25th – Adults $40 / Children (5 to 12 years) $25
Tickets – After February 25th – $50

Cancellation

You may cancel your tickets for a full refund on or before February 28th – After February 28th or no shows Tickets are non-refundable.

Children

We love having all ages at Belle Grove for Afternoon Tea. But we would like to limit the youngest to 5 and older please.

Dietary Concerns

Due to the nature of Afternoon Tea, 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.
 

Discovering Your Gifts Within with JMarie
Saturday, March 30th
10am to 3:30pm
Sunday, March 31st
10am to 3:30pm
SOLD OUT
2-Day Intensive Workshop for Students of ALL Levels

Concepts covered will include but not be limited to:
• Tapping into your own inner psychic
• Meditations
• Balancing your energy centers/auras
• Connecting to the Spirit World and Mediumship
• Meeting your Spirit Guides
• Reading Energies through Items and Photos/Psychometry
• Learning and Working with the 3 Claire’s
• And Much More!

A light lunch and snack will be provide with each ticket purchased.

All students are asked to bring at least 1 picture of someone who has passed away. (You may bring more than one)
All students are asked to bring 3 small objects. They may belong to someone living, such as yourself or family, or have belonged to someone who is in Spirit.

Tickets
SOLD OUT

Advance Tickets – on or before February 28th – $225
Tickets – after February 28th – $250

Refund for Purchase

Ticket are non-refundable. You may transfer to another person and must let us know you are doing so.

Special for Overnight Guests

Book an overnight stay on Saturday and have breakfast with JMarie on Sunday! To book your stay, please call us directly at 540-621-7340. Rooms are blocked online to the public.
 

April 2019

 

Titanic Dinner
April 13th 6pm
Iceberg right ahead!

Mark the 106th anniversary of the sinking of the legendary RMS Titanic. At 11:40pm this luxurious ship struck an iceberg and three hours later slip the depths of the North Atlantic, carrying with her more than 1,500 passengers and crew members.

Belle Grove Plantation marks this historic event in our history with a period dinner. Many menus of the elaborate fare survived the sinking and we will be bringing some of these elegant dishes back for one night. Come join us for a unique evening as we remember the tragic event that marked the end of the Edwardian Age.

For this night only, first-class, second-class and third-class passengers will dine at the same table. Dress in period and find yourself sliding back in time. Period Dress is not required. You may dress in formal or business wear. When you purchase your ticket, you will be selecting a passenger that you would like to be for the evening. We encourage you to do some research before coming to the event so that you can assume your passenger’s identity for the evening.

When you arrive, you will receive a special boarding pass with your passenger’s name as a souvenir and have a complimentary photo to remember your evening.

Evening Events

Champagne Cocktail Hour with passed hors d’oeuvres – 6pm to 7pm
Nine Course Tasting and Wine Dinner – 7pm to 10pm
After Dinner Sherry Nightcaps – 10pm to 11pm

Menu
First Course – Champagne Cocktail Hour

Canapés a l’Amiral

Second Course – Dining

Cream of Barley Soup

Third Course

Poached Salmon with Mousseline Sauce

Fourth Course

Filet Mignons Lili, Vegetable Marrow Farci

Fifth Course

Sorbet

Sixth Course

Lamb with Mint Sauce, Chateau Potatoes

Seventh Course

Punch Romaine

Eighth Course

Cornish Hen, Turnip Puree

Ninth Course

Cold Asparagus Vinaigrette, Pate

Tenth Course

Chocolate and Vanilla Eclairs with Vanilla Ice Cream

Tickets

When you purchase your tickets, you get to pick which passenger you wish to be for the evening.
Advance Tickets – On or before March 30th – $95.00 per person
Tickets – After March 30th – $110.00 per person

Cancellation

You may cancel your tickets for a full refund on or before March 30th – After March 30th 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.

Extras

Overnight Suites are still available – We have taken the suites offline for exclusive use for this event. Please book directly by calling 540-621-7340.

All proceeds to benefit the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation. Through events like this, the foundation can continue their Prime Mission of preservation, restoration, improvement, maintains and educating the public about Belle Grove and its amazing American History. For more information on this non-profit organization, please visit www.bellegroveplantation.org
 

Titanic Afternoon Tea
April 14th 1pm to 3pm

Step back in time to a period of luxury, elegance and 5-star service with our Titanic Afternoon Tea. Set in the historic surroundings of Belle Grove Plantation, our Afternoon Tea is an experience not to be missed!

Step abroad and receive your passenger boarding pass with the name of a real Titanic passenger. Meet our First-Class Ladies of the Titanic such as Margaret Brown and Lady Duff Gordon.

Our special menu of two flavors of scones, three flavors of tea sandwiches and three flavors of petite desserts will be served with our special blends of loose-leaf tea.

Tickets

Advance Tickets – On or before March 30th – $40
Tickets – After March 30th – $50

Cancellation

You may cancel your tickets for a full refund on or before March 30th – After March 30th or no shows Tickets are non-refundable

Children

We love having all ages at Belle Grove for Afternoon Tea. But we would like to limit the youngest to 5 and older please.

Dietary Concerns

Due to the nature of Afternoon Tea, 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.
 

Psychic Medium Weekend
Saturday, April 27th / Sunday April 28th
Private Readings – SOLD OUT
Aftenoon Tea and Group Readings Still Available

Throughout childhood JMarie was always searching for a connection with her own mother who was on Spirit side. Though her gifts were there, it wasn’t until many years later when her awakening would begin after some unexpected life changes.

She herself felt compelled to seek out a medium, allowing her to hear those messages she had always longed for from her mother, that would forever change her life. This leading her to find her renewed faith, spirituality and development of her own Spiritual gifts.

Through her development for the past few years, she has found that she not only connects with your loved ones, but works with guides, angels and past lives as well. She finds that the Divine aids her throughout her readings, bringing in and connecting with the Link of Love.

To give you an overview of JMarie, she is an Evidential Spiritual Psychic Medium, Reiki Practitioner, and an Ordained Minister. As she connects with the link of love, using evidence for validation, she finds that the evidence can be anything from birthdays, personalities, memories, names, remote viewing and more. All depending on the connection and link I have with your particular loved one(s) from the Spirit side of life.

In every sitting/reading, the process is the same, yet different. There are several ways a person in Spirit can communicate, and it’s all about how your loved one(s) feel it’s easier to connect with me. Whether that is seeing, hearing, feeling, etc.

The process of Mediumship / Psychism is like a puzzle, one that is filled with smiles, tears, love, memories, and more as we place the pieces together throughout your sitting/reading. She offers a unique style of card reading to accompany psychism, connecting with your loved ones, guides, and more. She enjoys using Reiki Energy if Spirit directs us to do so, to help in balancing your energy, centering, clearing of chakras, aura, and aiding in the healing of ailments and uses the energy when viewing and/or clearing past lives and more.

She finds that in her readings, it’s a moment to recreate a memory, a moment…… Bringing your loved ones to sit with you once again.

JMarie will be coming to Belle Grove Plantation for two days of Private Readings, a Tea Party with JMarie with a Group Reading Session. Due to popular demand, we have set all private readings at 30 minutes and will only have one person in the session at a time. The Group Session will be one hour.

Scheduled Times

Saturday, April 27th – Private Readings – One Person Only – 10am to 1:00
Saturday, April 27th – Afternoon Tea with JMarie with a Group Reading Session – 1pm to 3pm
Sunday, April 28th – Private Readings – One Person Only – 10am to 12pm / 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Costs
Private Readings – SOLD OUT
Aftenoon Tea and Group Readings Still Available

Half Private Readings – Single Person – $120 / half hour – SOLD OUT
Afternoon Tea with JMarie with a Group Reading Session – $55

Overnight Suites

Overnight Suites are still available – We have taken the suites offline for exclusive use for this event. Please book directly by calling 540-621-7340.

Psychic Weekend Policies

•Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your scheduled time.
•Readings are one-person session only. Please do not bring family or friends to wait for you. If you bring additional people, they will be asked to wait in your car.
•Due to popularity of this event, we are only offering one appointment per person. Please do not purchase two half hours to get a one-hour appointment.
•During the Private Reading Session, Belle Grove Plantation’s mansion will be open for tours from 1pm to 4pm. If you wish to tour the mansion, you are more than welcome to do so before or after your session. The mansion tour is 45 minutes and costs $15 per adult.
•You may cancel your reservation up to March 30th for a full refund. Cancellations or no shows on or after March 30th will be non-refundable.

Children

We love having all ages at Belle Grove for Afternoon Tea. But we would like to limit the youngest to 5 and older please.

Dietary Concerns

Due to the nature of Afternoon Tea, 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.
 

May 2019

 

Civil War Remembrance
Saturday, May 4th
Sunday, May 5th

During the American Civil War, Belle Grove Plantation found itself in the middle of the conflict. Carolinus Turner, owner of Belle Grove during this time was like most Virginians, a supporter of the Confederate Cause. Mr. Turner, a wealth planter with close to 100 slaves at the beginning of the war enjoyed a friendship with General Robert E. Lee and General Stonewall Jackson.

Port Conway and Port Royal were both important strategic locations at the banks of the Rappahannock River. At this location, the Rappahannock River narrowed allowing transports of supplies from Baltimore to Richmond, supplying the Confederate lines. It was important for the Union to capture this area to stop the flow of supplies.

In 1861, the Union Army under General Burnside captured Port Conway and King George County. General Burnside would reside at Rokeby Plantation located today at the corner of Route 3 (Kings Highway) and Route 607 (Port Conway Road). Belle Grove Plantation was taken as well and would be the headquarters of General Kilpatrick. The Turner Family were forced to leave Belle Grove and all the possessions behind with the exception of their only son, George Turner’s horse. The slaves were either absorbed into the work force or liberated.

The Union Army would hold Belle Grove Plantation until the end of the war. It is known that General Burnside, General Kilpatrick and General Custer all came to Belle Grove. There is even a story about the Generals sitting on the riverside porch during the shelling of Port Royal, watching and discussing the event. That is until one of the return fire shells landing just feet away from them. They removed themselves from the line of fire.
In 1864, during the pursue of John Wilkes Booth, the Union troops giving chase stopped at Belle Grove Plantation to rest before crossing the Rappahannock River the following day. They would find Booth and Herold at Garrett’s Farm just 5 miles away.

Remembering the Past

History is very important to us at Belle Grove Plantation. We are continuing to research the past to recover the stories and history for future generations. From the families that owned Belle Grove to the slaves that worked and died here, all points are important and told; the good, the bad and the ugly.

Encampment

Saturday, May 4th – 10am to 5pm / Sunday, May 5th – 10am to 4pm
Meet the soldiers as they prepare for their day. Learn what camp life was like during the war. See infantry demonstrations throughout the day.
Open to the Public at no charge.

Enslaved Experience and History Tour

Saturday, May 4th – 1pm to 4pm / Sunday, May 5th – 1pm to 4pm

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 new foods and cooking techniques they brought with them.

See our newly restored 1720 Summer Kitchen, Smokehouse and Dairy! Learn of our continued mission of preserving this part of our history with future projects and research.

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.

Meet & Greet

Saturday, May 4th – 1pm to 4pm / Sunday, May 5th – 1pm to 4pm

You are cordially invited to meet with President and Mrs. Lincoln, General Robert E. Lee and General Ulysses S. Grant. They will be receiving visitors inside the mansion for discussions and perhaps a tintype or two.

Antebellum Garden Tea Party

Saturday, May 4th – 1pm

Ladies and Gentleman take a moment for the cares of the day with our Antebellum Garden Tea Party on the buff overlooking the Rappahannock River. Scones, Tea Sandwiches and Petite Desserts will be served with a steaming pot of tea.
Dress in period or come in a more relaxed ware. Children 5 and older are welcome.

The Blue and The Gray Barbeque and Ball

Saturday, May 4th – 6pm to 11pm

Join us for a celebration of beauty and elegance during The Blue and The Gray Barbeque and Ball. Held on the lawn overlooking the Rappahannock River, ladies in the best silks and gentleman in their uniforms will enjoy delicious barbeque under the stars as many of days gone by have at Belle Grove Plantation.

Gentlemen, please escort your partners to the floor, the reel is beginning!

While enjoying the music of our past, you may find yourself transport back in time. Take the arm of a dashing General or escort a fine lady for the evening.

Period Dress is not required, but preferred.

Encampment

No Ticket required. Open to the Public for free. Inside the mansion tours are not include in this free portion of our event.

Enslaved Experience and History Tour

Advance Tickets (all ages) – On or before April 1st – $10.00
Tickets (all ages) – After April 1st – $15.00

Meet & Greet with Lincoln, Grant and Lee

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

Antebellum Garden Tea Party

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

The Blue and The Gray Barbeque and Ball

Advance Tickets (all ages) – On or before April 1st – $55.00
Tickets (all ages) – After April 1st – $65.00

Historic Mansion Tours

There will be no Historic Mansion Tours during this event. Please consider returning to view the mansion during our normal tour hours.

Cancellation

Tickets are non-refundable

Dietary Concerns – For the Antebellum Garden Tea Party and The Blue and The Gray Barbeque Ball

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

Table Settings – – For the Antebellum Garden Tea Party and The Blue and The Gray Barbeque Ball
We work hard to place all family and friends together. You may need to share a table with other guests as well.

 

Belle Grove Spring Bazaar
Saturday, May 11th 10am to 3pm

Come enjoy a day at the Plantation with the family at our Spring market place with vendors from arts and crafts to specialty items. Explore Belle Grove Plantation’s Historic Mansion on our Historic Mansion Tour. Food and Music for all to enjoy on this beautiful summer day at the plantation.

Costs
Bazaar Market

Open to the public for free! Come shop our Bazaar Market and find treasures to take home!

Historic Mansion Tours

See the historic mansion and learn about its previous families, architecture and antiques.
Tours will begin at the top of the hour starting at 10am and run until 3pm.
Adults – $10 / children under 18 – free

Vendor Spaces Available

Are you a direct sales, arts and craft, food or beverage vendor? We have spaces open for our Spring Bazaar!
Email our event director, Yadi Velazco at events@bellegroveplantation.com to receive your vendor application.
 

June 2019

 
To Be Announced Soon!
 

July 2019

 

Celebrate America’s History
Thursday, July 4th – 10am to 4pm

From April 1670 to the present, Belle Grove Plantation has stood as a witness to America’s Historic Events. The birthplace of President James Madison as well as his mother, Nelly Conway Madison’s childhood home, Belle Grove has been the site of many events throughout history. President George Washington was a frequent visitor here. Held as a Union Headquarters from 1861 to the end of the Civil War, Generals Lee, Jackson and Burnside have all stepped foot here. In 1865, the Union Detachment pursuing John Wilkes Booth stopped for the night and slept here.
On August 1, 2013, Belle Grove Plantation was opened to the public for the first time. As a bed and breakfast, historic site and special event venue, Belle Grove Plantation has welcomed visitors from all over the world.

In Celebration of America’s History, we will be opening Belle Grove Plantation’s Historic 1791 Mansion for one-hour tours on Thursday, July 4th from 10am to 4pm. In celebration of 4th, we will offer a special price of just $5 per person (all ages) for this one day. Each paid tour will get the opportunity to enter for special door prizes.

We invite you to come and see our historic mansion and walk were great men have walked.
Advance tickets may be purchased online and are highly recommended.

Tickets

All Ages – $5
May be purchased online or at the door. Due to the number of people, we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance to ensure your space.

 

August 2019

 

Tea with Elvis
Saturday, August 24th
1pm to 3pm

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

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.
 

September2019

 

Spirits Festival
Hosted by the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation
September 7th 12pm-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 and sign-up for a corn hole tournament. 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.

Tickets include access to the festival, free sample wine glass, wines and distilled spirits samples, great live music and delicious food options. Parking is free. We encourage you to bring lawn chairs, tents and blankets.
NO OUTSIDE COOLERS, FOOD or PETS ALLOWED

Tickets

Advance Tasting Tickets (Purchased on or before September 1st)- 21 years or over – $25
Advance General Admission Tickets (Purchased before September 1st) – 20 or younger or Designed Drivers – $10
Advance Historic Mansion Tour Tickets (Purchased before September 1st) – $10

Tasting Tickets (purchased after September 1st or at the door) – 21 years or over – $35
General Admission Tickets (Purchased after September 1st or at the door) – 20 or younger or Designed Drivers – $10
Historic Mansion Tour Tickets (Purchased after September 1st or at the door) – $10

Vendor Spaces Available

Are you a direct sales, arts and craft, food or beverage vendor? We have spaces open for our Spirits Festival!
Email our event director, Yadi Velazco at events@bellegroveplantation.com to receive your vendor application.
 

October 2019

 
To Be Announced Soon!
 

November 2019

 
To Be Announced Soon!
 

December 2019

 
To Be Announced Soon!