Belle Grove Open for Touring & Hosting Shenandoah Valley Tapestry
Belle Grove Plantation including the Beverley B. Shoemaker Welcome Center (which includes the Museum Shop, exhibits, and restrooms) is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. We are closed on Mondays.
In November, Belle Grove will be open for guided Manor House tours weekends only (Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. as well as Friday, November 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). The Manor House will be closed on Saturday, November 7 for a private event, but the Welcome Center will be open. Belle Grove will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.
Guided tours of the Manor House have been modified to accommodate physical distancing. They are held at the regular schedule of :15 past each hour and at regular admission prices. There is a limit of ten guests per tour and admission is sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are required to wear masks over their nose and mouth indoors. Tours will include indoor and outdoor portions.
To encourage physical distancing, only 10 guests are allowed in the Welcome Center at a time. They are asked to follow a one-way pattern through the Museum Shop and safe distance from other patrons while looking at exhibits. Guests are required to wear masks over their nose and mouth indoors. Personnel in the Welcome Center will also be wearing masks and the point-of-sale station is behind a plexiglass screen. A hand-sanitizer station is available for guests upon entering the building and Belle Grove will follow extra cleaning protocols.
There are self-guided brochures of the grounds and outdoor signage that interpret the property. Belle Grove has picnic tables placed at safe physical distance that guests are welcome to use. No pets are permitted on the Belle Grove grounds.
Shenandoah Valley Tapestry—A Journey Through Time on Display
Belle Grove is hosting the Shenandoah Valley Tapestry—a community stitching project that was spearheaded in 2015 by the Winchester Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America and the Multicultural Club College of Frederick County. It depicts in embroidery the painting Winchester and Frederick County, Virginia by Page Huff Dillon, which was in turn, was inspired by the book Defend the Valley by Margaretta Barton Colt. The tapestry was unveiled in 2018 and has been on display at Handley Regional Library. It is now traveling to various locations around the region. It magnificently and meticulously illustrates historic sites in Winchester and Frederick County, including Belle Grove. Eighty-one stitchers of all skill levels and ages, from across five states and from abroad worked on the Tapestry. Through community outreach events, 1,400 community members also made one stitch in this unique artwork. Pictured here is Belle Grove in petite pointe by Diane E. Trobaugh. The Tapestry is on view on the lower level of the Beverley B. Shoemaker Welcome Center during Belle Grove’s open hours through December 30, 2020.
Please note: If we have any incidents of positive COVID-19 cases on the property, will need to close to clean and ensure all our personnel are safe. This could necessitate closure to the public on short notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you want to confirm we are open, please call 540-869-2028.
The Board of Directors and staff of Belle Grove Plantation are grateful for the ongoing support of our donors and members during this challenging time. We thank the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation for funding through its Historic Sites Emergency Grant Fund and Virginia Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities for funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Humanities Relief Grant Program.