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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. Tickets are on sale now at area Handy Mart locations and here! Advanced tasting tickets are $20 and will be $25 at the gate.

Belle Grove Garden Fest

Saturday June 6, 8am - 3pm

Join Belle Grove and the Master Gardeners of the Northern Shenandoah Valley for the 12th-annual GardenFest, Saturday, June 6 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Admission to the fair is free and tours of Belle Grove's Manor House will be just $5 for visitors 12 years of age and older. The fair will feature a plant sale, specialty vendors, tool sharpening, Second Hand Rose sale,  children’s activities, farm animal petting zoo, workshops and other gardening presentations.

Summer Story Time

June- August

Are your kids part of the Valley Reads Program or would they like to be? Are you looking for fun and educational activities during the summer? We welcome you to Belle Grove Plantation for our free summer story time program. We will read stories on topics relating to Belle Grove, such as life in the 18th and 19th centuries, farming, and the Civil War.

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.

Hite Family Reunion

Friday - Sunday, July 24 - 26

Descendants and relatives of the original builders and owners of Belle Grove are invited to the ancestral homeplace for the 2015 Hite Family Reunion! Activities include speakers, tours of Belle Grove and other Hite homes, a dinner Saturday evening. More details and registration information to come. To add your name to our mailing list please send us a note at info@bellegrove.org.

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! After lingering over tea and delectable treats, 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.