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Inalienable Rights: Free and Enslaved Blacks Crafting a Life in the Shenandoah Valley

Please hold the date! Saturday, November 7, 2020, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Belle Grove Plantation will offer complimentary admission and feature special programming on the African American history of the site and of the Shenandoah Valley with speakers and special guests from The Slave Dwelling Project and Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.

The Slave Dwelling Project’s mission is to identify and assist property owners with documenting and preserving extant slave dwellings and they bring people together to talk about these important spaces of American history. While Belle Grove’s slave quarters have long ago been removed, the Joseph McGill (pictured below), Founder of the Slave Dwelling Project will discuss the lower level of the Manor House, one place where the enslaved worked and may have slept. There will also be an opportunity to learn about the archaeological evidence that has been found where Belle Grove’s slave quarters once stood. The Hite family at Belle Grove owned and enslaved 276 men, women, and children from 1783 to 1851 and we are committed to learning more about their lives, contributions to the success of the plantation, and to remember and honor their legacy. We will be posting the full schedule for the event as soon as it becomes available.

All events held in the Belle Grove Manor House at 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, VA



Thank you to our sponsors & Partners for this event


Crescent Cities Charities, Inc.



Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park


The Slave Dwelling Project