Kneading in Silence: A Glimpse into the Life of the Enslaved Cook Judah

This 30-minute presentation discusses the life of Judah, the enslaved cook of Belle Grove. Purchased by the Hites with her two young boys, Judah remained the Hites' cook until her death in 1836. This program is conducted by Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Ranger Shannon Moeck. It will take place in the winter kitchen of the Belle Grove Manor House (enter under the front porch). This program is free of charge but there is an admission to tour the Manor House (purchase tickets in the Beverley B. Shoemaker Welcome Center, more information here). Tours are held at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 on Sundays so taking the 1:15 tour before the program or the 3:15 tour after the program are possible options. This compelling program inspired a historical novel by Dr. Brian C. Johnson, Send Judah First: The Erased Life of an Enslaved Soul forthcoming this August by Hidden Shelf Press. Dr. Johnson will have a book launch and signing on Saturday, August 3 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Belle Grove, read more here.

This program will be conducted:
Sunday, July 28 at 2:30 pm (with a talk about the archaeology of the Belle Grove enslaved quarter immediately following, read more here)
Saturday, August 3 at 10:00 am as part of Honoring Soul Food’s Shenandoah Valley History and Chefs, read more here)
Sunday, August 25 at 2:30 pm
Sunday, September 22 at 2:30 pm
Sunday, October 20 at 2:30 pm