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“A must for history buffs”

Belle Grove Plantation
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Owner description: Belle Grove is located in the northern Shenandoah Valley near Middletown, Virginia. It is an authentic 1797 Manor House, was built by Major Isaac Hite and his wife Nelly Madison Hite, sister of President James Madison. Major Hite, grandson of Shenandoah Valley Pioneer Jost Hite, expanded his original 483 acres to a prosperous 7500 acre plantation, growing wheat, raising cattle and Merino sheep, and operating a large distillery and several mills.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Enjoy a two-for-one trip back in time with enthusiastic docents that provide information on plantation life AND the Civil War. Our guide was careful to point out that these were two distinctly different eras and did an excellent job of transitioning back and forth between the two time periods. When touring a historic site, a knowledgeable guide makes all the difference. Our guide provided a wealth of information about the architecture, economic conditions, plantation routines, and the Civil War. The plantation was occupied by Union soldiers during the Civil War and one of the rooms was used as a hospital for a mortally wounded Confederate soldier. This scene, depicted in a painting which hangs in that room, features three Union officers in attendance (most notably General Armstrong Custer). Belle Grove has an active passionate staff that seem to be continually brainstorming ways to enhance the facility. They also have a full calendar of events which includes Civil War reenactments and other historical observations. We are hoping to return to Belle Grove in October when they will be hosting National Finals Sheep Dog Trials.

Thank Lorraine J
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

We toured this Plantation in October and enjoyed everything. The amount of history and wealth of knowledge from the tour guide was amazing. We learned a lot on this tour and the efforts to maintain and preserve this place is above and beyond what I would expect. You won't be disappointed if you enjoy historical tours.

Thank 136JuliaN
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Off the beaten path, but we very much enjoyed. Gave us a good sense of life during the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Reviewed June 15, 2013

We stopped to see Belle Grove right before they were closing - but the docent was willing to take us on the tour even though we might be ending a little after closing time (close at 4 pm, I believe). Very interesting mix of history from the early 1800's to the civil war period. You will enjoy the attention to detail (carpets, portraits), you will want to devote at least 2 hours to appreciate this. Try to make it for the Ranger's talks out in front of the plantation.

Thank NC_Travels_with_kids
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

I visit here often. The staff do a wonderful job maintaining this historic plantation home in an area full of Native American, Civil War, and Germanic history. Not only is Belle Grove a great place to visit, but it sets within a national park so you get several stories in one trip! Worth a visit; be sure to do the house tour and maybe stay for one of the on-site ranger programs.

Thank Pam S
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