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.



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

Saturday, September 11th (Spritis Festival)

Saturday, September 18th (Picnic Theatre Performance)

Saturday, September 25th (Private Event)

Belle Grove Plantation will reopen on the next normal tour date.



Belle Grove Plantation Ghost Hunting Tours and Paranormal Packages are NOT AVAILABLE for the following dates.

Friday, August 6th to Sunday, August 8th

Friday, August 20th to Sunday, August 22nd

Sunday, September 5th to Tuesday, September 7th

Friday, September 17th to Sunday, September 19th

Friday, September 24th to Sunday, September 26th

For more dates that are available for Ghost Hunting Tours, please visit our TOUR page.



Private Events can be adding at anytime. Please check our website before you come to visit for any updated dates. Thank you.


July 2021

Currently Underway!

Spirits Festival Online Silent Auction
July 1st to August 22nd at 4pm
Check out our amazing items from some amazing people!
Benefits the 2021 Spirits Festival and the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation

Scan the QR Code above to visit the Online Silent Auction


August 2021

Paddling the Rappahannock River
With the Friends of the Rappahannock
Saturday, August 7, 2021
9am to 11am

Join Rappahannock River Steward, Brent Hunsinger, on a 2-hour kayak tour of the Rappahannock River. Learn about the ecology of the river and view one of the most pristine waterways in Virginia. Viewing the river as eagles and osprey fly over you will give you an experience of the Rappahannock like you have never had before. View Belle Grove and all its grandeur as it sits watch over the river.

The tour will launch from King Street Pier in Port Royal and travel up into Rappahannock River.

All equipment is provided: kayaks, paddles, and life jackets. Life jackets must be worn at all times. Participants should bring a bottle of water. No experience is necessary, but you will need to be physically able to paddle your own boat.


Friends of the Rappahannock River Members – $32
Non-Members – $40


Open House at Belle Grove
With Special Guest Elvis
Chick-Fil-A and Bake Sale
Saturday, August 21, 2021
11am to 4pm

Belle Grove will be opening its doors for a very special Open House in recognition of our 8th Anniversary of opening Belle Grove Plantation.

Free Historic Mansion Tours

We will be offering Historic Mansion Tours for FREE! See Belle Grove Plantation in all its glory. If you have toured Belle Grove years ago, you will want to return for the new Historic Tour. This tour offers a look into the family history of Belle Grove as well as information on the architecture and furnishings. This tour takes one hour and does involve some stairs. Chairs and an elevator are available.

Meet and Greet with the King of Rock and Roll

We will be offering a FREE Meet and Greet with Elvis. Over the years, we have offered a Tea with Elvis, which has become one of our most popular events. This year we have had an incredible number want tickets only to find it sold out months ago. John Monforto (Elvis) has generously offered to meet with our Open House Tours. This will allow those who won’t be able to attend the Tea with Elvis on Saturday to see this incredible performer.

Chick-Fil-A Day at Belle Grove

Who doesn’t love Chick-Fil-A? We will have Chick-fil-a chicken sandwiches and eight-piece chicken nuggets for purchase. Grab your family, put up some Chick-fil-a and grab a seat on the lawn and enjoy a great chicken sandwich and one of the most beautiful views of the Rappahannock River! We will be offering them as a pre-order before August 21st. Make sure you get your chicken sandwich or nuggets by pre-ordering! Don’t have time to sit and enjoy it all? Make your order a “drive-thru” at Belle Grove. Pre-orders will be hand delivered to your car to take home and enjoy.

Bake Sale

Got your chicken sandwich, but need something sweet to finish it up? We will have fresh, local baked goods available for purchase. These amazing yummies will be made locally by wonderful people who love and want to support Belle Grove. Guaranteed to be tasty and fresh!

Great Day at Belle Grove – Time Schedule

Open House with free Historic Mansion Tours – 11am to 4pm
Time Slots for Tours
11am – SOLD OUT
12pm – SOLD OUT
1pm – SOLD OUT
2pm – SOLD OUT
3pm – SOLD OUT
Meet and Greet with Elvis – 11am to 12:30pm and 2:30pm to 4pm
Tea with Elvis – 1pm to 2pm – SOLD OUT
Chick-fil-a – 11am to 4pm or until sold out
Bake Sale – 11am to 4pm or until sold out


Open House with free Historic Mansion Tours – Free – Donations would be appreciated
Meet and Greet with Elvis – Free
Tea with Elvis – 1pm to 2pm – SOLD OUT
Chick-fil-a – $5.00 per sandwich or 8 nuggets
Bake Sale – prices will vary with items


Tea with Elvis
Saturday, August 21st

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”.


Advance Tickets – On or before Sunday, July 21st – $40.00
Tickets – After Sunday, July 21st – $50.00


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.


September 2021

6th Annual Spirits Festival
Remembering September 11th
Hosted by the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation
September 11th 12pm-6pm
Art – Wine – Distilled Spirits – Craft Beers – Live Music – Food Trucks – Specialty Vendors

Come experience the pleasures of the palate from featured Virginia Wineries, Distilleries, Craft Beers, and an assortment of Food Trucks. Returning for another great year enjoy Live Classic Rock Music with Double Down RVA, hosted by our Master of Ceremonies, Impressionist John Monforto (Elvis, Frank Sintra, Johnny Cash and Rocky Balboa). Food Trucks for all tastes and Local Made Specialty Vendors with treasures to take home with you.
This year, the Spirits Festival marks a tragic day in our history with the 20th Anniversary of September 11th. This Spirits Festival will kick off with a special presentation as we open the festival.

Special Guests include:

Emory Smith as Keynote Speaker

Emory Smith joined the New York State Police in Nov of 1998 after being Honorably Discharged from the United States Army where he served as a Combat Medical Specialist. Emory was one of thousands of First Responders who responded to the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001 and the days after, working to rescue and recover victims on the “pile”. Emory was an eyewitness to Tragedy and Triumph, Humanity and Inhumanity and heroic acts of Service, Sacrifice and Bravery. Emory retired from the State Police in 2013 and lives in Crawfordville, Florida with his Wife Jennifer and they are the proud parents and stepparents of Connor (25), Aidan (22), Victoria (21) and Mahala (16).

American Legion Color Guard Post 290 Stafford

Rolling Thunder

The major function of Rolling Thunder®, Inc. is to publicize the Prisoners of War(POW)/Missing In Action (MIA) issue: To educate the public that many American POW/MIA were left behind after all previous wars and to help correct the past and to protect future Veterans from being left behind should they become a POW/MIA. We are also committed to helping American Veterans from all wars. Rolling Thunder, Inc. is a non-profit organization, and everyone donates his or her time because they believe in the POW/MIA Issue.

Local Fire Responders and Law Enforcement

Speaking – King George Fire/Rescue Chief David Moody and King George Sheriff Chris Giles

Live Music with Double Down RVA

Master of Ceremonies – Impressionist John Monforto

Singing the National Anthem – Melissa Burton

We will never forget.
Help us remember those who ran in as others ran out and those who didn’t come home.


Look Who Will Be Here!





Food Trucks


Amazing Vendors
Bryan the Writer / Blue Star Chain Maille Designs / Just Quill It / Holding Onto Memories & Wreaths / Linette Kasper and Erin Crocker / Crafting Ataraxia / Dream Cat Creations and Frosty Clear Glasses / Danielle R White / Potomac Breeze Pottery / Glitter Me Morris / C&R Woodworking / Sun and Sprure Soaps / Holly Bean Designs / Erica’s Door Decor LLC / Shay’s Craft Corner / 1776 Workshop / Tela by Janine / Carter’s 3 Girls / Boutique 627 / Second Time Around Vintage Furniture & Crafts / paws4vets / Southern Creations / Damsel in Defense / GEMS / Whitleys Peanuts / Taste of the Season / Sweet Heat Candles


VIP Table Tickets

Grab one of the best seats in the festival, be one of our VIP Guests!

VIP Tickets include:

• Entry into the VIP Tent
• Table and Chair
• Catered Buffet just for VIPs
• Sample Glass for wine, distilled spirits and beer tasting
• Wait staff to attend to your group

VIP Ticket will be sold as a Table. Each table will seat up to 8 people. Gather your friends and make a day of it while you help support Belle Grove Plantation!

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 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. Historic Mansion Tours are not included in the ticket price. Historic Mansion Tour Tickets will be available at the festival.


Advance VIP Table Tickets (8 tickets) (Purchased on or before August 15th) – 21 years or over – $500.00
Advance Tasting Tickets (Purchased on or before August 15th)- 21 years or over – $25
Advance General Admission Tickets (Purchased on or before August 15th) – 20 or younger or Designed Drivers – $10

VIP Table Tickets (8 tickets) (Purchased after August 15th) – 21 years or over – $525.00
Tasting Tickets (Purchased after August 15th)- 21 years or over – $35
General Admission Tickets (Purchased after August 15th) – 20 or younger or Designed Drivers – $15

Vendor Spaces Available!

Are you an artist, craftsman, local business, food or beverage vendor? We have spaces open for our Spirits Festival! We are currently taking applications for our vendor spaces! Email us at and let us know what product you will be offering, and we will email you an application. We are sorry, but we are not taking direct sales businesses this year.

Picnic Theatre on the River
All About Eve
Hosted by Picnic Theatre Company and James Madison Belle Grove Foundation
Saturday, September 18, 2021

On Saturday September 18, join Picnic Theatre Company and James Madison Belle Grove Foundation for a live outdoor theater performance of the cinematic classic “All About Eve”, Best Picture of 1950. Enjoy a picnic on the Rappahannock River at James Madison’s historic birthplace and be transported to the golden age of Broadway for a timeless tale of ruthless ambition in show business.

One night, Broadway diva Margo Chandler meets her biggest fan, the young and conniving Eve Harrington, who will do anything to achieve the spotlight. The world of playwrights, producers, directors, critics and striving performers offstage playing commercials for Lux Radio and waiting for their big break come to life. Will Eve attain her dream of stardom, and at what cost?

This outdoor event will take place at Belle Grove Plantation overlooking the Rappahannock River. Bring your lawn chair or blanket for an evening fun, food, and timeless classics.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation.

Time Schedule for Event

Arrival for Events starts at 3:30pm
Picnic starts at 4pm
Performance starts at 5pm


Theatre Tickets Only – $15.00 per person (all ages)

Enjoy a Gourmet Box

Add to your theatre event by purchasing a Gourmet Box to enjoy during the performance! Each Gourmet Box comes with One Entrée, One side, One Dessert and One Drink. Selections will be made by email after your purchase.

Gourmet Box

$25.00 per person (all ages)

No outside food or beverages allow. No pets or young children please. Lawn chairs or blankets welcome. No chairs or blankets will be provided.

Gourmet Box Menu

Main Entrée

Salmon Encantado on a French Baguette Avocado and Aioli Sauce
Grilled Chicken Avocado on Focaccia Bread with Lettuce, Tomato and Herb Cream Cheese
Grilled Portobello on Focaccia Bread with Provolone, Tomatoes, Baby Spinach with a Balsamic Dressing.
Honey Ham – on a French Baguette with Cheddar Cheese and Apple


Normandy Potato Salad – Yukon Gold Potato parsley with a red wine vignette
Orzo Pasta Salad – cherry tomatoes, black olives, red onion, with a red wine vignette
Watermelon Salad with Feta


Raspberry Cheesecake Bar
Chocolate Chip Cookie


Bottled Spring Water
Flavored Perrier Water – Peach, Lemon, Strawberry, Lime


October 2021


Sage ParaCon
Virginia USA
October 22, 2021 to October 24, 2021

MJ Dickson, founder of the Sage Paranormal and the Sage Paracon, has teamed up with Belle Grove Plantation to bring you a VIP paranormal weekend with a twist.

Join us for a weekend event of all things paranormal from talks to Q&A sessions, a VIP Meet & Greet evening, workshops, a paranormal investigation, psychic gallery reading, stalls and more.

Speakers include:
Greg Lawson – The Paranormal Detective / Author
Karen A. Dahlman – Director of the Talking Board Historical Society / Author
Richard Estep – Paranormal Researcher / Author
JMarie – Psychic Medium
MJ Dickson – Paranormal Researcher / Psychic Medium

It is the perfect weekend for those who are interested in all things paranormal to learn something new from the lectures and workshops, take part in the Q&A sessions, interact with like-minded people and meet new friends. The event is small and intimate therefore you are not competing with hundreds of attendees for a moment to chat with the speakers. You get loads of time to spark up a conversation and mingle at the VIP meet and greet evening and investigate Belle Grove Plantation alongside them.

Your ticket includes:

A Welcome Pack
A Meet & Greet evening
(Includes snacks and a couple drinks)
4 Lectures
4 Workshops
2 Q&A Sessions
A Psychic Gallery Reading
A Paranormal Investigation
Access to all stalls and speakers throughout the weekend
A discount code for your hotel room

Are you ready for the twist?

All those who attend will be taking part in several experiments and research for our Belle Grove Plantation book.


$300.00 per person and include all the above, on sale this Friday the 13th March 2020

For more information please email

MJ –

Want to be a Vendor?

Please get in touch and we will send you the information and booking form.


The Hauntings of Belle Grove Plantation Halloween Weekend
Friday, October 29th to Sunday, October 31st

Join us on Halloween weekend for a paranormal investigation of the haunted Belle Grove Plantation with our special guest investigators. Choose between an investigation only or add on our VIP Dinner with our special guest investigators.

Paranormal Investigation Only

Investigate this historic location with our special guest investigators from 8pm – 2am on either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday (Halloween).

Cost – $99

VIP Dinner & Paranormal Investigation

Join our special guest investigators for a VIP dinner followed by a paranormal investigation.

Dinner served – 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Investigation from 8pm – 2am

Menu – 2 Course Dinner with dessert and non-alcoholic beverage. Choices of:
Bacon Glazed Horseradish Meatloaf served with Mash Potatoes and Seasoned Vegetables
Spinach and Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce over Gnoochi

Cost – $125


MJ Dickson:

MJ is a Paranormal Investigator, Psychic Medium, Writer, Paranormal Television Producer, and Director, based in Warwickshire, UK. She is known for her work as the co-host on Sky Pick TVs hit paranormal show – ‘Paranormal Captured’ and has worked on shows such as ‘Most Terrifying Places’, ‘Paranormal Lockdown’, ‘Hotel Paranormal’, and is the host/director of ‘In Search Of The Paranormal’, as well as many other popular shows and documentaries.

Carl Hutchinson:

Carl is the tech manager and on-screen paranormal investigator for the show ‘In Search Of The Paranormal’. He is a part of the Sage Paranormal team and has appeared on shows such as ‘Ghost Adventures’, ‘Most Terrifying Places’, ‘UK Haunted Live’, and more.

Daniel Klaes:

Daniel is the Host of Within These Walls, he is a part of The Ghost Finders team, and is the owner of the notorious haunted ‘Hinsdale House’. In 2012, he co-founded the Greater Western New York Paranormal Society which was responsible for tackling some of the most challenging paranormal cases in the New York region.

Paranormal Teams

Our special guests are proud to be hosting the event along with Covert Paranormal and Fredericksburg Paranormal Research & Investigations (FPRI) – two fantastic paranormal teams who both know Belle Grove Plantation well.

Choose your date, grab your ticket ASAP, and join us over the Halloween weekend for an investigation you’ll never forget.



Not So Wicked Witch’s Tea Party
Saturday, October 30th


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.


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


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.


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.