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Hearth Cooking Class and Lunch

March 7, 2015

Learn the craft of cooking over an open hearth at Belle Grove in the Winter Kitchen. You will learn about the basic methods of cooking: roasting, baking, stewing and frying and the implements that were historically used. Then enjoy your homemade meal for lunch!

2015 Opening Day

March 21, 2015

Belle Grove will reopen for the 2015 season on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are celebrating new members on this day. Anyone that joins as a new member on March 21 will receive $5 off that membership plus free admission and 10% off in the gift shop.

Opening day will also feature a special book signing of the newly released pictorial history of Middletown, Virginia by authors Mayor Charles Harbaugh IV and Jeff Pennington. To further celebrate Belle Grove's location in Middletown, all Middletown residents will receive free admission and a 10% discount in the museum shop on Saturday, March 21. We have additional plans in the works so watch this space for further information!

Spring Wildflower Hike

April 25, 2015

Bring your camera and let Dr. Woodward S. Bousquet, Professor of Environmental Studies at Shenandoah University lead you on a springtime woodland hike to discover the unique and beautiful wildflowers that flourish around Fort Bowman, a Belle Grove property and then enjoy a picnic on the grounds.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

May 2, 2015

Hola! Grab your Serape and Sombrero and join us at Casa de Leith for a traditional Fiesta Mexicana in celebration of the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 (Cinco de Mayo). Enjoy Cocktails and a Tequila tasting before sitting down to an authenticate Mexican Feast prepared by “Chef” Pablo.

20th Annual ‘Of Ale and History’ Beer Festival

May 9, 2015

This is the 20th anniversary of Belle Grove's "Of Ale and History" Beer Festival and we are gearing up for an excellent event! This year's musical performers will be the Elizabeth Lawrence Band and Cazhmiere.  And as always there will be 60+ beers to sample and great history and views to enjoy. Advanced tickets will go on sale in April.

Cold Mountain at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

July 8, 2015

Be our guest for this special screening of the Academy Award nominated film Cold Mountain. Never before shown at the Alamo Drafthouse, this is a story of a Civil War soldier’s struggle to return home and his true love’s wartime struggle on the home front. A reception and silent auction will take place before the showing of the movie.

Dinner with Friends at Griffin Tavern in Flint Hill

August 5, 2015

The Griffin Tavern and Restaurant in Rappahannock County’s charming Flint Hill welcomes you to a fun and delicious summer evening with friends. Chef Rachel Rowland has outdone herself this year and prepared an amazing menu!

Art in the Barn

August 15, 2015

Last year, Belle Grove’s reimagined “Art by the Glassful” event was a rousing success with art and bluegrass in Belle Grove’s 1918 Bank Barn. We are excited to see what wonderful artworks talented regional artists will exhibit for viewing and purchase. This year the event will feature a special artwork that will be live auctioned! Adding to the conviviality will be music by Five of A Kind bluegrass band as well as a summer sunset, beer, wine, and delicious appetizers.

VIP Luncheon at Belle Grove’s Wine Festival

September 12, 2015

This is the ideal way to enjoy Belle Grove’s Wine Fest— with designated parking, a gourmet lunch, and private wine tasting from North Mountain Vineyard in addition to full festival access.

Belle Grove Crawl

October 3, 2015

This is your “all access pass” to Belle Grove with a chance to see behind the scenes at places not regularly seen by the public. Guests will be encouraged to leisurely stroll to see sites including the Overseer’s Cottage, Attic, Outbuildings, Lime Kiln. Each stop will include brief tours and talks by Belle Grove staff and docents and Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Rangers. Finish off the fun and casual evening in Belle Grove’s 1918 Bank Barn with local BBQ, craft beers, and live music from the classic rock cover band, “Movin’ On.”

Belle Grove Holiday Tea

December 5, 2015

You are invited to high tea by the Belle Grove Christmas Tree! The delectable treats that will be served will feature recipes from the Hite Family’s own cookbook. After lingering over tea, tour the Manor House decorated to the theme of “Holidays Around the World.” Tickets to this event would be a wonderful Christmas outing for a treasured family member or friend!

Cocktails at Christmas

December 13, 2015

When Belle Grove is decorated to celebrate “Holidays Around the World,” Belle Grove’s Winter Kitchen will transport you to Ireland. We invite you to come toast the season with live music, a Hot Toddy by the fire and delicious appetizers by Nana’s Irish Pub in Middletown. Your ticket will also include a self-guided tour of the Manor House lit by candlelight.


Office Hours:  9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday

For more information, call (540) 869-2028 or email us.

Belle Grove is closed for daily tours from January - March. Group tours are available by advanced appointment throughout the year.

Thank you for leaving your pets at home.