Situated on a rise near The Great Wagon Road, Belle Grove offers visitors the opportunity to experience life in centuries of the past. The site includes an elegant 1797 limestone manor house, the original icehouse and smokehouse, a slave cemetery, fields and meadows, scenic mountain views, and much more.
Belle Grove Plantation Today
Once described as "the most splendid building west of the Blue Ridge," Belle Grove Plantation was the home of Major Isaac Hite, Jr. and his wife Nelly Conway Madison, sister of President James Madison. Architecturally inspired by Thomas Jefferson and completed in 1797, Belle Grove has been a focus of Valley life for more than two centuries. Located at the epicenter of the 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek, Belle Grove features compelling Early American and Civil War history, a fine period decorative arts collection, and breathtaking mountain views. Belle Grove's Museum Shop specializes in unique books and gifts inspired by 18th and early 19th century Virginia plantation life. Belle Grove Plantation is conveniently located near the intersection of I-81 and I-66, one mile south of Middletown, VA on US Route 11.