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Specialty / Group Tours

Special Notice Belle Grove Closed Until June 11, 2020: This year, we have delayed opening for the 2020 season until at Thursday, June 11, 2020 in response to the Commonwealth of Virginia's Executive Order 55 that requests residents “stay at home” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to request more information about making a reservation for a group tour (eight or more).

Typically, group tours of the historic 1797 Manor House are provided year round, with advanced reservations, Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Groups of twelve or more visitors qualify for special reduced admission rates and may choose from the following tour options, but please let us know if your group has a particular interest that we might address in tour designed just for you.  For more information or to reserve tour dates for your group or coach tours, please contact Rich Coyle at (540) 869-2028 or via email.

For information regarding tours for young audiences, click here.

The Classic Belle Grove Manor House Tour:  Modeled on our traditional interpretive program, this enlightening tour offers visitors an informative look at the rich history, Jeffersonian architecture, serene landscape and important collections of Belle Grove Plantation. This tour provides a superb overview of the Plantation and insight into the people who lived there.  Allow 1 hour.  $10.00 per person.

Southern Tea Tour:  Step back into a simpler time, when garden parties and afternoon teas filled lazy summer days.  Visitors return to this golden age of hospitality during Belle Grove's Southern Tea Tour.  After touring the mansion, our tea tour guests will be seated to enjoy a stylish afternoon tea, replete with tasty finger sandwiches, sweet treats, and hot or iced tea.  Allow 2 hours.  $24.00 per person. Southern Tea Tours are limited to groups of 12-24 people. Because we take great care to prepare a special tea for your group, we require two week's notice in booking a tour and prepayment one week prior to the reservation. Although the menu may include vegetarian options, we are not able to accommodate other dietary requests.

Civil War Tour:  Perfect for groups interested in the Civil War.  Belle Grove offers an informative tour detailing the Plantation's rich Civil War history.  Originally called the "Battle of Belle Grove," the Battle of Cedar Creek swirled around the Plantation in the autumn of 1864.  Led by a specially trained guide, the Cedar Creek Tour covers events leading up to the Battle, the Battle and its aftermath, highlighting the Plantation's unique role at the center of it all.  Allow 1 hour.  $10.00 per person.

Making Your Visit Special: If you are a group tour of thirty or more and you would like to add a refreshment option for your group tour, Belle Grove offers an assortment of savory or sweet snacks with beverages.  $5.oo per person, in addition to the tour fee, reservation required. 

Note: An optional self-guided grounds tour may be added to any program. We strongly suggest that you allow time for your group to enjoy the spectacular landscape and visit the Museum Shop. Picnic tables on the lawn and an indoor meeting space are available for informal luncheons.

The museum operations of Belle Grove Plantation are completely self-supporting and overseen by a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) foundation, Belle Grove, Inc. Belle Grove's operating income is generated through museum admissions, memberships, museum shop sales, special events, grants and contributions. Although Belle Grove's property is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Trust does not annually budget funds to support Belle Grove.

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