Spring has sprung and at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Virginia, this means that this historic site opens for the season just as it has every year since 1967. A short trip from Washington D.C., the site and historic Cedar Creek Battlefield are a perfect stop if you are passing by on a roadtrip or if you want to escape for a day from a nearby city.
Check out some of the beautiful vistas and fun facts from this historic site of the National Trust:
The Manor House at Belle Grove Plantation, a historic house museum, located at 336 Belle Grove Road in Middletown, Virginia. Completed in 1797, the Manor House was designed in the Classical Revival architectural style and served as the residence of Major Isaac Hite and his wife Nelly Madison Hite, sister of President James Madison. Belle Grove Plantation was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. The Plantation and surrounding Cedar Creek Battlefield were designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1969 and National Historic Park in 2002.
Visitors come to Belle Grove to explore the history, enjoy the grounds and breathtaking scenery, and attend a variety of special events throughout the year. Belle Grove opens for the season this weekend (March 23/24) and already has a full schedule of events for the 2013 season!
The centerpiece of the new Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park, Belle Grove serves the Shenandoah Valley and Virginia as an educational center through the many interpretive programs it offers. In addition to the manor house, the property also offers an 1815 icehouse and smokehouse, a slave cemetery, a "heritage orchard," and gardens.
Belle Grove is surrounded by the Blue Ridge and the Allegheny Mountains. Visitors enjoy views inside the historic home but also come to experience the scenery outside the house.
Belle Grove is known for their annual Ale & History Beer Festival. This popular event will take place this year on May 11, 2013, and is just a "taste" of the Belle Grove experience.