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Bells Across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox

Thursday, April 9, 2:30 pm

On Thursday, April 9 at 2:30 p.m. on the front lawn of Belle Grove Plantation, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park will participate in “Bells Across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox, ” a ceremony and bell ringing that is being done in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of the Confederate Surrender at Appomattox Court House.

For the past four years, the National Park Service and many other organizations and individuals have been commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and the continuing efforts for human rights today. On April 9, 1865, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant met Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to set the terms of surrender of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.  In conjunction with a major event at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, the National Park Service and its partners invite communities across the nation to join in this commemoration. The bells will ring first at Appomattox at 3:00 p.m. on April 9, 2015. The ringing will coincide with the moment the historic meeting between Grant and Lee in the McLean House at Appomattox Court House ended. While Lee’s surrender did not end the Civil War, the act is seen by most Americans as the symbolic end of four years of bloodshed. The ceremonial ringing of bells across the nation is a gesture to mark the end of the bloody conflict in which more than 750,000 Americans perished. It will also mark the celebration of freedom or a restored Union, an expression of mourning for the fallen, the beginning of reconciliation and reconstruction, and the next step in the continuing struggle for civil rights.

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park and its partners will be holding a ceremony on the front lawn of Belle Grove Plantation Manor House at 336 Belle Grove Road in Middletown, VA starting at 2:30 pm.  A program on the impact of the Civil War on the Shenandoah Valley will be followed by a brief ceremony before the bell ringing at 3:15 EDT.  This event is free and open to the public. Visitors interest in participating are encouraged to bring their own bells.  For more information call: (540) 869-3051 or see:

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.

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.

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

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.