Update on Our Virtual Housewarming Party

20/08/13 11:47 AM

As many of you know we have been conducting a “Virtual Housewarming Party” in an effort to fill our historic library. We have had a wonderful and generous outpouring of donations! Below are the books we have already received! 


One section is lacking more than the rest… our James Madison Section.

These are books that would have been read or owned by him or books about him. To date we have less than 15 books in his section. So we would like to ask, if you would like to donate a book or two to our Historic Library which will become part of the history our this Mansion and Plantation, please check the list below. Please send your dontations to:

Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast

9221 Belle Grove Drive

King George, Virginia 22485

Thank you so much to all who have donated. It is very much appreciated and truly makes our Historic Library very special!

Wish List

These are books we would like to have for the library.



Adams, John Defence of the Constitutions
Burns, Robert Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect
Crevecoeur, J. Hector St. John de Letters from an American Farmer
Filson, John Discovery, Settlement, & Present State of Kentucky
Gibbon, Edward History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
A. Hamilton, J. Jay, and J. Madison The Federalist – RECEIVED!
Jefferson, Thomas Notes on the State of Virginia
Ledyard, John Journal of Captain Cook’s Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean
Locke, John Treatises on Government
Longacre, James Barton National Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Americans
Montesquieu The Spirit of the Laws
Morse, Jedidiah Geography Made Easy
Shakespeare, William Hamlet
Plato The Republic
Raleigh, Sir Walter History of the World
Ramsay, David History of the American Revolution
Vattell, Emerich de The Law of Nations
Warville, J.P. Brissot de The Commerce of America with Europe

 Books about Madison

Ketcham, Ralph James Madison: A Biography
Banning, Lance The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the founding of the Federal Republic
Brookhiser, Richard James Madison
Burstein, Andrew and Nancy Isenberg Madison and Jefferson – RECEIVED!
Madison, James Notes of Debates of the Federal Convention of 1787
Mattern, David and H. Schulman The Selected Letters of Dolley Payne Madison
Mattern, David B. James Madison’s Advice to My Country
Rakove, Jack James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic
Stagg, J.C.A. Mr. Madison’s War: Politics, Diplomacy, & Warfare in the Early American Republic
Wood, Gordon Empire of Liberty

Here is what we have so far:

The Asent of George Washington – John Ferling

Madison Writings – Jack N. Rakove

A Slave in the White House – Elizabeth Dowling Taylor

The Debate on the Constitution – Bernard Barilyn

James Madison – Garry Wills

War at Our Doors – Rebecca Campbell Light

Images of America Virginia Presidential Homes – Patrick L. O’Neill

Places I Have Known Along the Rappahannock River – Beverley C Pratt

Come Retribution – William A Tidwell

A Perfect Union – Catherine Allgor

Gordonsville Virginia – William H.B. Thomas

Orange Virginia – William H.B. Thomas

Dearest Friend  A Life of Abigail Adams – Lynne Withey

Patriots of the UpCountry – William H.B. Thomas

The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

Dolores Claiborne – Stephen King

The Dead Zone – Stephen King

Pet Sematary – Stephen King

The Tommyknockers – Stephen King

Diana Her True Story – Andrew Morton

Memoris of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

Favorite Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne – The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables

Selected Poems – Walt Whitman

Autobiography – Benjamin Franklin

The Law of War and Peace – Hugo Grotius

Fathers and Sons – Iva S. Turgenev

Five Great Dialogues – Plato

On the Nature of Things – Lucretius

Essays and New Atlantis – Francis Bacon

Paradise Lost and Other Poems – John Milton

Anne Boleyn – Anthony Crowell

Selected Lives and Essays – Plutarch

Discourses – Epictetus

Utopia – Thomas More

The Iliad – Homer

On Man in the Universe – Aristotle

Jake Lingle – John Boettiger

The Letters of Madame – Volume I and II – Gertrude Scott Stevenson

100 Dastardly Little Detective Stories – Weinberg, Dziemianowicz, and Greenberg

Best Little Stories of Virginia – C Brian Kelly

Titanic – Colonel Archibald Gracie

Rhett Butler’s People – Donald McCaig

The Gold of Exodus – Howard Blum

The Sum of All Fears – Tom Clancy

Faith of our Founding Fathers – Tim LaHaye

Gun – A Visual History – Dr. Chris McNab

American Soldier – General Tommy Franks

Wild at Heart – John Eldredge

How Did You Do It, Truett – S. Truett Cathy

Gettysburg – Newt Gingrich and William R Forstchen

Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All – Allan Gurganus

Me My County My God – Dr. C Thomas Anderson and Don Enevoldsen

Lincoln on Leadership – Donald T. Phillips

The Civil War Battlefield Guide – The Conservation Fund – Frances H Kennedy

Gettysburg  An Alternate History – Peter G. Tsouras

Leadership Lessons of Robert E. Lee – Bil Holton

Run to the Roar – A Fable of Choice, Courage and Hope – J. Randy Forbes

His Excellency George Washington – Joseph J Ellis

Dear Catherine, Dear Taylor – The Civil War letters of a Union Soldier and his Wife – Richard L Kiper

Debt of Honor – Tom Clancy

Tale of a Tiger – R.T. Smith

Dinner with a Perfect Stranger – David Gregory

Command Attention – Col. Keith Oliver USMC (Ret)

Leadership Excellence – Pat Williams with Jim Denney

War – Sebastian Junger

How – Why HOW we do anything means everything – Dov Seidman

Psalm 91- Peggy Joyce Ruth

Team of Rivals – Doris Kearns Goodwin

No Higher Honor – Condoleezza Rice

Extreme Dreams Depend on Teams – Pat Williams

The Ambition – Lee Strobel

Secrets of the Millonaire Mind – T. Harv Eker

Rembrandt – The Old Testament – Thomas Nelson Publishers

Rembrandt – Life of Christ – Thomas Nelson Publishers

Profiles in Courage – John F. Kennedy

Lady Bird – Jan Jarboe Russell

Dawn’s Early Light – Elswyth Thane

Ronald Reagan and the American Ideal – Steve Penley

Jane Austen’s Persuasion – Jane Austen

Back in the Day – Michael Powell

Enough Good Men – Charles Mercer

Presidential Campaigns – Paul Boller Jr

To Make a Nation – Samuel H. Beer

Turning the World Upside Down – John Tebbel

Washington’s Crossing – David Hackett Fishcher

I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company, A Novel of Lewis and Clark – Brian Hall

Undaunted Courage – Stephen E. Ambrose

Legion of the Lost – Jaime Salazar

The American Patriots Almanac – William J. Bennett & John T.F. Cribb

Almost A Miracle – John Ferling

Hurricane of Independence – Tony Williams

The Bold & Magnigicent Dream – Bruce Catton & William B Catton

One Day of Civil War, April 10, 1863 – Robert L Willett Jr.

Grant – William S. McFeely

The Bedford Introduction to Literature – Michael Meyer

A Man on the Moon – Apollo Astronauts – Andrew Chaikin

Einstein – Walter Issacson

Atlas of the World

Law in America – American Hertiage

Don’t Stop the Carnival – Herman Wouk

The Hunt for Red October – Tom   Clancy

At Dawn We Slept – Untold Stories of Pearl Harbor – Gordon W. Prange

The DaVinci Code – Dan Brown

The National Geographic Society – 100 years of Adventure and Discovery

Civil War Parks – The Story Behind the Scenery

Life (or something like it) at Mallard High – Greg Martini and Lisa Chelkowski

James Madison – Champion of Liberty and Justice – John P. Kaminski

Slavery at the Home of George Washington – Philip J. Schwarz

50 States of Amercia  – Rosanna Hansen and Jan Bloom

Slaver and Freedom in the Age of the American Revolution – Ira Berlin and Ronald Hoffman

The Negro in 18th Century Williamsburg – Thad W. Tate

Race and Revolution – Gary B. Nash

The Federalist – Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay

Madison and Jefferson – Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg

Civil War Letters of Major (Chaplain) James McDonald Campbell – James McDonald Campbell

Don Quxote – Miguel De Cervantes

Our Times – The Twenties – Mark Sullivan

Take Our Advice: A Handbook for Gardening in Northern Virginia – Margaret Fisher & Friends

The American Revolution and the Craft – I. Lewis Langley

Keep What you Earn – Terry Coxon

See I Told You So – Rush Limbaugh

A Field Guide to Wildflowers of Northeastern and North-Central North American – Roger Tory Peterson and Margaret McKenny

Island in the Sun – Alec Waugh

Miss Manners – Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior – Judith Martin

The Best and the Brightest – David Halberstam

Pentagon – Allen Drury

The Family – The Real Story of The Bush Dynasty – Kitty Kelley

Personal History – Katharine Graham

The Rivalr – Mystery at The Army-Navy Game – John Feinstein

Home Front – Patti Davis with Maureen Strange Foster

Meditations – Marcus Aurelius

A Field Guide to the Birds – Eastern Land and Water Birds – Roger Tor Peterson

Washington Behind Closed Doors – John Ehrlichman

The Puzzle Palace – James Bamford

The James River in Richmond – John Bryan

Virginia Living – February 2011

Virginia Living – April 2011

Old Town Crier – January 2013

O Zahir – Paulo Coelho

The New York Times Magazine – June 2013

The Living White House – White House Historical Association

Biblia Sagrada – Nova Traducao and Na Linguagem De Hoje

Dear Socks, Dear Buddy – Hillary Rodham Clinton

The Wit and Wisdom of the Royal Family – Marianne Sinclair and Sarah Litvinoff

New Complete Guide to Executive Manners – Letitia Baldrige

The Art and Etiquette of Gift Giving – Dawn Bryan

Whitehall – Peter Hennessy

The Book of Virtues – William J Bennett

Ike – An American Hero – Michael Korda

Dearest Friend – A Life of Abigail Adams – Lynne Withey

Harry S. Truman – Margaret Truman

An Imperfect God – Henry Wiencek

God and Ronald Reagan – Paul Kengor

Lincoln – Jan Morris

The Diplomacy of The American Revolution – Samuel Flagg Bemis

Simon Bolivar – Gerhard Masur

Treasure Island – Robert Lewis Stevenson

The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln – Anthony Gross

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Frankenstien – Mary Shelley

Twice- Told Tales – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Four Shakespeare Plays – William Shakespeare

Just Added!

Thank you Caroline from Cumming, Georgia!

French Bleu – Caroline Clemens

Thank you March from Plantation, Florida!

The Pope’s Stone – Marc Kuhn

James Madison – A Son of Virginia and a Founder of the Nation – Jeff Broadwater

Thank you Fred the Cat from England!

This was a special gift from across the pond to Hurley, our Golden and Official Plantation Dog!

Reigning Cats and Dogs – Katharine MacDonogh

Thank you Wally and Beverly from Virginia!

The Concise Illustreated History of the Civil War – James I. Robertson Jr.

Campaigning with Grant – Horace Porter

The Citizen-Soldier – John Beatty

In and Out of Rebel Prisons – Alonzo Cooper

A Rebel War Clerk’s Diary Vol 1 and Vol 2 – John B Jones

Mosby’s Rangers – James J. Williamson

Hard Tack and Coffee – John D. Billings

Reminiscences of the Civil War – John B Gordon

One of Jackson’s Foot Cavalry – John H Worsham

Detailed Minutiae of Soldier Life – Carlton McCarthy

Campaigns of a Non-Combatant – George Alfred Townsend

Destruction and Reconstruction – Richard Taylor

Richmond During the War – Sallie B Putnam

Daring and Suffering – William Piittenger

Battles of the Civil War – Prints

Thank you Ted and Nancy from Virginia!

Nathan the Wise – Bayard Quincy Morgan

Field Guild to Early American Furniture – Thomas H Ormsbee

My Three Years with Eisenhower – Capt Harry C. Bukner USNR

The Flower and the Nettle – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Portrait: Adlai E. Stevenson – Alden Whitman

The Life of Isbelle Eberhardt – Annette Kobak

Everything to Gain –  Jimmy Rosalyn Carter

Reminiscences – Douglas MacArthur

Alice Roosevelt Longworth – Carol Felsenthal

The Hemingway Reader – Ernest Hemingway

Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior – George Washington

Mount Vernon is Ours – Elswyth Thane

The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor – Rear Admiral Robert A Theobald USN

Twenty-five Centuries of Sea Warfare – Jacques Mordal

90 degree South – Paul Siple

Graveyard of the Atlantic – David Stick

The War Dispatches of Stephen Crane – RW Stallman and ER Hagemann

Pictorial History of America Presidents – John and Alice Durant

Across the Ages – Louise I Capen PhD

A History of Shrewbury Parish Church – Katherine Myrick Deprrospo

The Broken Jug – Heinrich von Kleist

Amphitryon – Heinrich von Kleist

The Wonderful Adventure of Nils – Selma Lagerlot

School of Natural Healing – Dr. John R Christopher

Memoirs of a Soviet Ambassador – Ivan Maisky

Housekeeping with Antiques – Lee Parr McGrath

Library of Great American Writing – Vol 1 and 2 – Louis Lentermeyer

Links of Leadership – John Lafin

On a Pig’s Back – John Halgate

To Sail Beyond the Sunset – Robert A. Heinlein

It was a Fire When I Lay Down in it – Robert Felghum

Everyone’s Ark – Sally Patrick Johnson

Rubaiyat of Omar Khyyam – Edward Fitzgerald

The Cardinal – Henry Morton Robinson

Justine – The Marquis de Sade

Deep West – Ernest Haycox

Torquato Tasso – Johann Wolfgang von Geothe

The Valley of the Dragon – Olive Price

Conversations with Goethe – JP Eckermann

Aku Aku – Thor Heyerdahl

Amorous Fiammetta – Giovanni Boccaccio

Zadig and Other Romances – Voltaire

Ten Droll Tales – Honore De Balzac

Madam Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

Manon Lescaut – DC Maylan

The Golden Asse of Lucius Apuleius – William Adlington

The Mimes of the Courtesans – Lucian

Longus Daphnis and Chloe – George Thronley

The Love Books of Ovid – J.Lewis May

The Brass Ring – Bill Mauldin

Percy – Raymond Hitchcock

Seven Miles Down – Jacques Piccard and Robert Dietz

Kon Tiki – Thor Heyerdahl

Drakes Voyage – Kenneth R Andrews

Tales of Philsophy – Felix Marti-Ibanez

Cats, Cats, Cats – John R Gilbert

Persian Fables – George Theiner

Encyclopedia of the Cat – Angela  Sayer

The Valley of the Kings – Erik Hornung

Gallopalooza – Da Dry

The Antarctica – Emil Schulthess

Thank you Mark and Mary from Virginia!

The North American Indian – Edward S Curtis

The Odyssey – Homer

Team of Rivals – Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Journals of Lewis and Clark – Bernard DeVoto

The Civil War – Douglas Welsh

Eyewitness to the Civil War – Neil Kagan

The Civil War A Narrative – Fredericksburg to Meridian – Shelby Foote

The Civil War A Narrative – Red River to Appomattox – Shelby Foote

The Civil War A Narrative – Fort Sumter to Perryville – Shelby Foote

Virginia – John Jay Janney’s

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