The Landscaping, Sidewalk, Hurley and an Incredible Find have arrived!

24/06/13 8:50 PM


Saturday morning at 10am, a huge red Kenworth truck pulled into Belle Grove Plantation bearing lots of beautiful new plants! We also had 17 wonderful volunteers who gave of their time and worked hard in the heat to help us unload and plant 1/3 of the plants! We can’t begin to tell you how much we appreciate all our volunteers! We could have never done this alone!


Thank you to the following:

Mr. and Mrs. Hudson

Mr. and Mrs. Moore

King George Board of Supervisors Ruby Brabo and her daughter Clara

Mrs. Veazey and her son Warren

Mrs. Durrette and her daughter Rachel

Mr. and Mrs. Crosson

Mrs. DeGroat from Chesapeake

Mrs. Barnett from Chesapeake

Mrs. Goodall and her friend Alex from Richmond

We had the following plants to arrive:

Blaauw’s Pink Azalea – Delaware Valley White Azalea – Girard’s Renee Michelle  Azalea – Karen Azalea – Milky Way Dogwoods – Old English boxwoods – Golden Mop Cypress – Pink Velour Crepe Myrtles – Monarda Petite Delight – Karl Rosenfeld Peony – Okame Japanese Cherry Trees – Double Red Knockout Roses – Double Pink Knockout Roses – Crown Jewel Gardenia – Leyland Cypress – Twist and Shout Hydrangea – Limelight Hydrangea – Charles Joly Hydrangea – Sunny Yellow Knockout Roses

Leyland Cypress

Leyland Cypress

Double Red Knockout Roses

Double Red Knockout Roses

Pink Velour Crepe Myrtles

Pink Velour Crepe Myrtles

Crown Jewel Gardenia

Crown Jewel Gardenia

Old English Boxwood

Old English Boxwood

Golden Mop Cypress already planted

Golden Mop Cypress already planted

One bed almost complete

One bed almost complete

As we were digging holes, we were finding more artifacts! One find was more than we could have hoped for! Alex found two parts of a white plate and two pieces of green glass. As soon as I saw the green glass I knew it was from an old wine bottle. But you just couldn’t date it because it lacked markings. But the white plate looked really interesting! I held my breath and hoped until today. I ran to Ferry Farm to get it dated! Mara confirmed my wildest dream! It dates from 1740 to 1755! It is now the oldest pieces we have found on Belle Grove! And the date would have been when James Madison’s Grandmother was still here! Can you believe it?! James Madison’s Grandmother, Rebecca Catlett Conway Moore and his mother, Nelly Conway Madison could have held this plate!! It just blows your mind!

White Plate (1740 to 1755)

White Plate (1740 to 1755)

Green Glass from a Wine Bottle. Found in the same hole believed to be the same dates

Green Glass from a Wine Bottle. Found in the same hole believed to be the same dates

While we were hard at work on the landscaping, we had a crew of hard working masons from Betts Masonry working hard on our sidewalks. You know that we have been pulling our brick from the Riverside to move to the front. Well Saturday we started seeing the fruit of our labors! We love this sidewalk! It should be done by Friday if we don’t get delayed by the weather!

Getting Started on the Sidewalk

Getting Started on the Sidewalk

Getting Started on the Sidewalk

Getting Started on the Sidewalk




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And I know we haven’t talked much about Hurley , our Official Plantation dog, because I have been at Belle Grove and he and Brett have been in Chesapeake. Well Hurley has arrived back at Belle Grove Plantation! He has a photo shoot on Tuesday with a soon to be bride.


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Just like me, he is discovering lots of new things, like this fake owl on the porch! I don’t think he cares for it.





After all the hard work, the end of the day gave us a wonderful sunset!


Just another great day at Belle Grove Plantation!

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Posted by Michelle Darnell | in Darnell History, Hurley | 16 Comments »

16 Comments on “The Landscaping, Sidewalk, Hurley and an Incredible Find have arrived!”

  1. Beautiful! Everything is beautiful, I love the sidewalk. How exciting to find the plate pieces! I am so excited for you, how wonderful to see your dream come true! DAF

  2. Thank you so much! We are excited too!

  3. Terry Says:

    beautiful sidewalk!!

  4. Thank you! It is beautiful!

  5. Looking good. How is your finger healing?

  6. Thank you! It is healing really well. Thank you for asking! I just need to get my nails done 😉

  7. John Says:

    Just wonderful! It’s exciting to see all your hard work coming to fruition from far away. 🙂

  8. Thank you!

  9. Oh, look at that sidewalk. Verra nice.

  10. Thank you!

  11. Again, that Hurley’s a heart-stealer. Love the big hunk o’ manliness checking out the owl.

  12. Thank you! Hurley says thank you too!

  13. Great pictures of Hurley with the owl. That is soooo Golden Retriever!

  14. Haha! He was a really scared cat!

  15. Gorgeous red roses! They will look sensational.

  16. Thank you!