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Public Events at Belle Grove Plantation

Come join us at Belle Grove Plantation during some of our exciting Special Public Events! From Living History with historic performers to Afternoon Teas and VIP Dinners, there is something for the whole family!

 

Accepting Reservations for One Hour Afternoon Tea Service
Reservations required with a 24 hour notice

Click our Online Reservation Button and view dates and areas available for Afternoon Tea at Belle Grove Plantation.

For More Information on our Afternoon Tea, please visit our Tea page.

 

SPECIAL NOTE

Belle Grove Plantation Mansion and Grounds Tours will be closed in for the following dates due to Private Events or Holidays.

Saturday, July 13th

Saturday, July 20th

Saturday, July 27th

Saturday, August 3rd

Saturday, August 10th

Saturday, August 17th

Saturday, August 24th (Tea with Elvis)

Friday, September 27th to Sunday, September 29th (ParaCon)

Belle Grove Plantation will reopen on the next normal tour date. Private Events can be adding at anytime. Please visit our Tea page for Afternoon Tea dates not available. Please check our website before you come to visit for any updated dates. Thank you.

 

Upcoming Events

 

July 2019

Celebrate America’s History and Community BBQ Picnic
Thursday, July 4th
Tours – 10am to 4pm
Community BBQ Picnic – 1pm to 9pm
History of a Grand Lady

From April 1670 to the present, Belle Grove Plantation has stood as a witness to America’s Historic Events. The birthplace of President James Madison as well as his mother, Nelly Conway Madison’s childhood home, Belle Grove has been the site of many events throughout history. President George Washington was a frequent visitor here. Held as a Union Headquarters from 1861 to the end of the Civil War, Generals Lee, Jackson and Burnside have all stepped foot here. In 1865, the Union Detachment pursuing John Wilkes Booth stopped for the night and slept here.

On August 1, 2013, Belle Grove Plantation was opened to the public for the first time. As a bed and breakfast, historic site and special event venue, Belle Grove Plantation has welcomed visitors from all over the world.

Historic Community BBQ Picnic

“A Long Tradition – Barbecue in Fredericksburg boasts rich Virginia barbecue history
In many parts of the state, families would hold community barbecues each weekend during the season. Barbecuing whole carcasses and inviting the neighborhood to partake meant there would be no leftovers, which was important in times before ubiquitous refrigeration.
By the end of the season, everyone who provided livestock had been paid back with barbecued meats from a neighbor’s stock.
Fredericksburg-area plantations, such as Kenmore, Hazel Hill, Ferry Farm, Marmion, Hopyard, Spring Hill, Belle Grove, Montpelier and others, participated in the summertime barbecue cycle.”

Quote from Joseph R. Haynes, author of “Virginia Barbecue”

We would like to open Belle Grove Plantation on Thursday, July 4th from 1pm to 9pm for a Community Barbecue Picnic. There will be no cost to come. As in the rich history of a community barbecue, we as that you bring the follow:

Meat for your Family (and a few extra to share)
Side dish for your Family (and extra to share)
Beverages for your Family (and extras to share) with cooler of ice to share
Blankets for you to eat on.
Chairs to sit on.

Belle Grove Plantation will provide paper plates, silverware, plastic cups and grill with charcoal to cook on.

We ask that you please RSVP to information@bellegroveplantation.com with the number in your party so we can plan on what size grill we need and such by no later than Monday, July 1st.

We ask that you please:

Remember this is a National Historic Home and Virginia Landmark. Please be respectful and clean up before you leave.

Please smoke only by the garage in the smoking area.

Beverages can be anything. We just ask that you drink responsibly.

Restrooms will be in the mansion, however the mansion will be open for tours only from 10am to 4pm. Please do not wander the mansion without a tour guide. Tours are $5 per person and may be purchased at the front hall. Proceeds will benefit the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation.

Please leave fireworks at home. Due to the historic nature of our location, fireworks are prohibited.

July is a hot month, please leave your pets at home for their safety.

Tours

In Celebration of America’s History, we will be opening Belle Grove Plantation’s Historic 1791 Mansion for one-hour tours on Thursday, July 4th from 10am to 4pm. In celebration of 4th, we will offer a special price of just $5 per person (all ages) for this one day. Each paid tour will get the opportunity to enter for special door prizes.

We invite you to come and see our historic mansion and walk were great men have walked.
Advance tickets may be purchased online and are highly recommended.

Tour Tickets

All Ages – $5

May be purchased online or at the door. Due to the number of people, we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance to ensure your space.

 

August 2019

Tea with Elvis
Saturday, August 24th
1pm to 3pm
SOLD OUT

He’s just a hunk a hunk of burning love! And he will be your “Teddy Bear” for the afternoon as Belle Grove Plantation hosts Elvis for Afternoon Tea.
Turn back the clock to the 1960s when the King of Rock and Roll ruled Las Vegas strip. Enjoy delights made from recipes favored by the Elvis. Enjoy your cup of afternoon tea while Elvis sings about “Heartbreak Hotel” and asks if you are “Lonely Tonight”.

Tickets

SOLD OUT

Advance Tickets – On or before Sunday, July 28th – $40.00
Tickets – After Sunday, July 28th – $50.00

Cancellation
You may cancel your tickets for a full refund on or before August 1st – After August 1st or no shows Tickets are non-refundable

Dietary Concerns
We are sorry, but we are not able to accommodate gluten-free, sugar free or dairy free diets for this event.

Table Settings
We work hard to place all family and friends together. You may need to share a table with other guests as well.

 

 

September2019

Spirits Festival
Hosted by the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation
September 7th 12pm-6pm
Art – Wine – Distilled Spirits
Bands – Food Trucks
Specialty Vendors




Come experience the pleasures of the palate from featured Virginia Wineries and Distilleries. Enjoy live music from Double Down, delicious food options, unique artisans and crafters.

All proceeds from this event go to benefit the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation. This non-profit organization is committed to assist in the preservation, restoration, improvement, maintenance and education of the public about Belle Grove Plantation and its amazing American History.

Belle Grove Plantation, birthplace of President James Madison, is a historic Virginia Landmark set on a sprawling 694 acres. Walk in the steps of history while enjoying the beauty of the grounds. Bring your lawn chair and tent or shelter and enjoy an afternoon on the banks of the Rappahannock River. Tents & Shelters must be weighted and secured or will be asked to be removed.

Tickets include access to the festival, free sample wine glass, wines and distilled spirits samples, great live music and delicious food options. Parking is free. We encourage you to bring lawn chairs, tents and blankets.
NO OUTSIDE COOLERS, FOOD or PETS ALLOWED

Tickets

Advance Tasting Tickets (Purchased on or before September 1st)- 21 years or over – $25
Advance General Admission Tickets (Purchased before September 1st) – 20 or younger or Designed Drivers – $10
Advance Historic Mansion Tour Tickets (Purchased before September 1st) – $10

Tasting Tickets (purchased after September 1st or at the door) – 21 years or over – $35
General Admission Tickets (Purchased after September 1st or at the door) – 20 or younger or Designed Drivers – $10
Historic Mansion Tour Tickets (Purchased after September 1st or at the door) – $10

Vendor Spaces Available

Are you an arts and craft, food or beverage vendor? We have spaces open for our Spirits Festival!
Email us at information@bellegroveplantation.com to receive your vendor application.

Corkin’ Shuckin’ and Art
Saturday, September 14th
6pm to 11pm


Come join us as we celebrate the talents of our local artist for an evening of art exhibits hosted by Two Rivers Art Studio and Spotsy Art Festival. Each room in our mansion and an additional outside tent will present local artist with unique styles and mediums.


While you enjoy our art show, indulge in “artistic” culinary delicacies with Pifer Brothers BBQ Company as they prepare an oyster roast with crab cakes and chicken that will delight your taste “palate”.

Sample the craftsmanship that create some of the best wines, distilled spirits and tobacco products while you enjoy live music under the stars and overlooking the river.


Virginia’s Castle Glen Estate Winery will be on hand to pour the fruit of their labor. Born out of their love of fine wines, Castle Glen Estates Winery has become the premiere boutique winery for the best Cabernet Sauvignon in Virginia.


Virginia’s Copper Fox Distillery will showcase their combination of innovation and tradition to produce a whisky that is truly unique and in the grand and storied tradition of the Scotch techniques that was their inspiration.


Hogshead Cigar will bring some of the best cigar to gratify the pickiest of smokers. Sitting back in the cigar lounge overlooking the river with a glass of Copper Fox whisky and life couldn’t be any sweeter.


Enjoy LIVE MUSIC with the WIL GRAVATT BAND
A Texas boy transplanted to Virginia at an early age, Wil Gravatt has the musical sensibility of a musician who has explored and performed many styles. A dichotomous journey from singing drummer in a punk band – to frontman for the country & western powerhouse Wil Gravatt Band. 
A new EP project in 2018 has Wil working with Grammy winner Ray Kennedy (producer of such stellar artists as Lucinda Williams, John Mellencamp, & Taylor Swift) and Wil’s longtime producer Paul Royce Koch. The results are simply the best work Wil has done to date. One listen to the fiddle-laden, rollicking “Carnival Girl” gives you a sense of the talent behind the songwriting, performance, and production of the entire album. Wil can count among his fans two American presidents (both of whom invited Wil and his band to perform at their inaugurations.) His music is available for purchase on I-Tunes and streaming on Spotify. Preview the Wil Gravatt Band!

Come support the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation and our local artist and businesses with an evening of fun, food, music and art.

Tickets

General Admission – $75 per person with two drink coupons
VIP Admission – $95 per person with unlimited drinks
You will need to select your meal choice at purchase.

Cancellation

You may cancel up to Sunday, August 11th. After August 11th, tickets are non-refundable.

Dress

This is not a formal event. Come comfortable!

Seating

There is no assigned seating. Tables will be placed on the bluff overlooking the river. Join a table and make new friends!

Rain

If the event is rained out, an alternate date will be scheduled later. Tickets will not be refunded, but a rain check will be issued.

Alcohol Beverages

This event is for adults 21 years and older. No one under 21 will be permitted entry. Belle Grove Plantation reserves the right to stop drinkers that have had too much and/or ask that drinkers to leave with their designated driver or taxi at their expense. Please drink responsibly. Have a designated driver or taxi service for your drive home.

Smoking

Cigars will only be allowed in the cigar lounge with Hogshead. Please do not leave the lounge with your cigar. Belle Grove Plantation is a non-smoking venue.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

ParaCon at Belle Grove Plantation
Friday, September 27th to Sunday, September 29th

Belle Grove Plantation in King George, Virginia is the historic property established in 1670 and is the birthplace of President James Madison. The current home was built in 1791 and has seen many events in American history including the Civil War.

Known as one of the Most Haunted Plantations in Virginia, Belle Grove Plantation’s haunted reputation was cemented by a visit from the TAPS team on SyFy’s Ghost Hunters in February of 2014. Many paranormal teams have followed to conduct their own investigations only to confirm the active haunting. Most recently, Belle Grove Plantation was investigated by the Travel Channel’s Kindred Spirits in November of 2018.

ParaCon at Belle Grove Plantation

This paranormal and spiritual weekend kicks off with a Special VIP Friday. Early VIP Registration check in and VIP Meet and Greet Reception followed by an evening of VIP paranormal investigations.

Saturday and Sunday will offer special lectures, a Q & A Panel, Gallery Reading with paranormal and spiritual vendors with equipment and specialty items available for purchase. A full day of special events will be followed by an evening of paranormal investigations on Saturday only.
Join us as we assemble paranormal researchers and spiritual members for a three-day special event this September.

Vendor Spaces and Sponsorships Available

Are you a paranormal or spiritual vendor? We have spaces open for our ParaCon Festival!
Email us at events@bellegroveplantation.com to receive your vendor application.

 

October 2019

Not So Wicked Witch’s Tea Party
Saturday, October 26th
1pm

Halloween is approaching and it time for all good witches to enjoy the delights of the season. Dress in your favorite witch’s hat and take a sip from our cauldron!

Bring along your best ghoul, goblin or other worldly creatures and enjoy the trick or treats we will have in store for you!
Enjoy Ghostly Stories of Belle Grove and a few other special surprises.

Our special menu of two flavors of scones, three flavors of tea sandwiches and three flavors of petite desserts will be served with our special blends of loose-leaf tea.

Tickets

Advance Tickets – On or before September 30th – Adults -$40 / Children 5 to 12 – $20
Tickets – After September 30th – Adults – $50 / Children 5 to 12 – $30

Cancellation

You may cancel your tickets for a full refund on or before October 7th – After October 7th or no shows Tickets are non-refundable.
Weather cancellations will be issued a gift certificate for use at Belle Grove in the full amount of tickets purchased. No cash refunds for weather cancellations.

Children

We love having all ages at Belle Grove for Afternoon Tea. But we would like to limit the youngest to 5 and older please.

Dietary Concerns

Due to the nature of Afternoon Tea, we are sorry, but we are not able to accommodate gluten-free, sugar free or dairy free diets for this event.

Table Settings

We work hard to place all family and friends together. You may need to share a table with other guests as well.
 

November 2019

 

Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 28th/div>

1pm

Nothing compares with the rich tradition of gathering together and celebrating the abundant of the season. Belle Grove Plantation is a great place to share that special meal with your family and friends. Thanksgiving Dinner is set in our historic mansion in a family style table. Bring family and friends or make new friends as we break bread together.

One of the best meals is one that you don’t have to worry about. Let us handle all the details from turkey to pumpkin and pecan pie.

Tickets

Advance Tickets – On or before October 31st – $50
Tickets – After October 31st – $60
Children 4 and under – $25

Cancellation

You may cancel your tickets for a full refund on or before November 4th – After November 4th or no shows Tickets are non-refundable

Dietary Concerns

Due to the number of people for Thanksgiving Dinner, we are sorry, but we are not able to accommodate gluten-free, sugar free or dairy free diets for this event.

Table Settings

We work hard to place all family and friends together. You may need to share a table with other guests as well.

Rooms

We may have rooms still available for this event. We have taken them offline for the public to hold for this event. If you wish to book a room for this event, please call us directly at 540-621-7340. We can check availability and book it over the phone for you.
 

Deck the Halls
Monday, November 25th to Friday, November 29th

 

December 2019

 

Holiday Tours at Historic Belle Grove Plantation
All of December
Tours conducted Monday to Sunday
1pm to 4pm

There is nothing so beautiful then to see Belle Grove Plantation’s historic mansion dressed for the holidays. Starting on the day after Thanksgiving, groups of amazing designers come together to bring the magic alive. Each room is selected by a group to decorate and each are a masterpiece to behold.

As you tour the mansion, we ask that you please select one room that touches your heart. At the end of your tour, we ask you to please vote for your favorite. At the end of December, we will total up the votes and award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes to our Deck the Hall groups.

We invite you to and get into the holiday spirit with a tour of the mansion during the month of December. We are open to the public for tours Monday to Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. No reservations are required and no schedule of tours to remember. Just come and enjoy the wonders of it all. Please note, we ask that you please check our website for closed date due to weather or private events before coming. These can be found on our home page, tour page and calendar page.

Tickets

Ticket are purchased at the door. No advance online tickets for this event
Holiday Tours – $15
Holiday for children 5 to 12 years – $10
Holiday Tours for children 4 and under – Free

 

Brunch with Santa
Saturday, December 7th
11am to 1pm

Santa Claus has taken time out of his busy schedule to make a special stop at Belle Grove Plantation this December! He will be arriving during our brunch for last minute toy requests and photos with all the good little boys and girls.

Brunch with Santa will kick off our Holiday Season with our beautifully decorated mansion and Holiday Teas. Brunch is at 11am with Santa arriving at 12pm. He will be available for visits and photos until 1pm.

Tickets

Advance Tickets – On or before October 31st – $40
Tickets – After October 31st – $50

Cancellation

You may cancel your tickets for a full refund on or before October 31st – After October 31st or no shows Tickets are non-refundable

Dietary Concerns

We are not able to accommodate gluten-free, sugar free or dairy free diets for this event.

Table Settings

We work hard to place all family and friends together. You may need to share a table with other guests as well.
 

Holiday Tea and Tour
Saturday, December 14th or Saturday, December 21st
1pm to 3pm

Come join us for a delightful afternoon in our historic mansion fully decked out for Christmas. Tea and delicious foods will help get you into the holiday spirit. Enjoy our Afternoon Tea and take a tour of our historic mansion is one of the most delightful times of the year.
Our special menu of two flavors of scones, three flavors of tea sandwiches and three flavors of petite desserts will be served with our special blends of loose-leaf tea.

Tickets

Advance Tickets – On or before November 11th – For either December 14th or December 21st – $45
Tickets – After November 11th – For either December 14th or December 21st – $55

Cancellation

You may cancel your tickets for a full refund on or before November 25th – After November 25th or no shows Tickets are non-refundable

Dietary Concerns

Due to the nature of Afternoon Tea, we are sorry, but we are not able to accommodate gluten-free, sugar free or dairy free diets for this event.

Table Settings

We work hard to place all family and friends together. You may need to share a table with other guests as well.
 

Private Holiday Tea and Tours
Month of December and First Week of January
Reservations Times 1pm or 2:30pm

Traditions start with a lasting memory of a cherished time with loved ones. One of those traditions that has become a part of Belle Grove Plantation’s long history is a visit to our decorated mansion each year for a Holiday tea and tour with family and friends. Each year, we create a special Holiday Menu for our afternoon tea followed by a walk through our historic mansion that has been loving decorated by volunteers each year. Each room is thought out a year in advance and displayed with pride by our dedicated friends of Belle Grove. We invite you to start your own tradition of coming for an annual holiday cup of cheer with Belle Grove and create your own history to remember.

Special Note
Reservations do not last long. Please book early.
If you have a group of 10 or more, we ask you to please contact us directly at 540-621-7340 to arrange a private tea party for you.