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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, September 29th (Argo Paranormal National Ghost Hunting Weekend)

Saturday, October 13th

Saturday, October 20th

Saturday, October 27th

Saturday, November 3rd

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

 

September 2018

 

 

National Ghost Hunting Weekend with Argos Paranormal

Friday, September 28th and Saturday, September 29th
7:00pm to 3:00am

“A Haunting is History Wishing to be Heard.”
Motto of Haunted Journey

On Saturday, September 29th from 7pm to 3am, the world will unite as one to tell its historic story through the haunted. Us as we take part in the National Ghost Hunting Day’s “Worlds Larger Ghost Hunt”. Come be a part of this history making night at Belle Grove Plantation, one of the Most Haunted Plantation in Virginia.

National Ghost Hunting Day was founded in July 2016 by Haunted Journeys and is held on the last Saturday of each September. It noble intention is to globally observe the most haunted properties in the world while recognizing the novice, curious, experts and professionals that investigate paranormal activity in these iconic locations.

National Ghost Hunting Day is an event that promotes an annual Worlds Largest Ghost Hunt. This event serves as the engine to encourage Paranormal Research including skills and techniques used in Paranormal Investigation, Public Education and Historic Preservation of these Historic Sites. Over 150 Paranormal Teams will investigate these historic sites during this event.
Through this event, Haunted Journey will shine a spotlight on historic sites. The proceeds raised by these locations will return 100% to the historic site for preservation.

Is Belle Grove Plantation Haunted?

Many people and paranormal teams have tried to answer these questions. Even the SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters has investigated. All that come away have the same answer . . . there is something there.

The Plantation dates back to 1670 where is started as a 1000 acres tobacco farm. Birthplace of President James Madison and home to his mother’s family, the Conways, this plantation has seen the making of America from the beginning. Lifetimes of happiness and tragedy would leave a lasting impression on this historic property.

Ghostly full-bodies apparitions of former families, slaves and soldiers have been seen by many guests at Belle Grove Plantation. Former Slaves haunt the basement and historic Summer Kitchen. Held as a Union Headquarter from 1861 to the end of the American Civil War, many Union Soldiers have been seen both inside and outside on the grounds.

Overnight Guest have spoken of their encounters with two ghostly cats. From curling up on the bed with them at night, brushes against their legs, soft meowing and darting past them making our guest belief that they are real.

Of the 80 ghostly residence, none is more popular and known than our small boy ghost, “Jacob”. Known to move items, peep at guests from doorways, bounce balls up and down the hallway and library, “Jacob” has even spoke to us through EVP (electronic voice phenomena) telling us that he is just 5 years old.

Paranormal activity such as orbs, shadow figures, apparitions, disembodied voices, draining batteries of flashlights, cell phones and camera are just a few things you can expect when ghost hunting at Belle Grove. Most that come to find out, left with stories to tell for years.

Question is – Are you up to the challenge?

Meet Our Paranormal Team – Argos Paranormal

Argos Paranormal is a team of investigators with a background in media and journalism with the knowledge and experience in the occult and paranormal who help individuals discover whether or not their location is the site of paranormal anomalies. The team has gained acclaim for their prior investigations at locations such as St. Albans Sanatorium, Gettysburg Battlefield, and various locations throughout the east coast through their former online video series, Haunted Republic, which has been featured on radio shows such as Jim Harold’s Campfire and Ghostly Insights Podcasts, Beyond Reality Radio, Real Paranormal Activity Podcast, and much more!

Their upcoming show, The Witching Hour, premiering later this year on Fairfax Public Access will go where no other paranormal show has gone before as the investigators of Argos Paranormal will be investigating locations that the locals fear and no other paranormal show has ever dared to investigate. These investigators will be pushing themselves to their max limits as they investigate locations at around 3am, also known as the witching hour, when paranormal activity is believed to be at an all-time high during the night.

Learn more about Argos Paranormal and their upcoming show by visiting: https://www.argosparanormal.com/

Tickets Packages
Special Note

This investigation isn’t one for young children. During our investigations, it is important to be still and quiet. We will allow ages 13 years and older at the same price as the adults. If you have smaller children who would like to participate, please consider our Ghost Hunt Tours which are from 9pm to 10:30pm. You can book your Ghost Hunt Tour from our Tour page.

Ghost Hunting Experience Package
Friday Night – SOLD OUT
Friday Night – STILL AVAILABLE (Limited)

Includes:

• Ghost Hunting from 8pm to 11pm
• Exclusive Access to the Historic Mansion
• Exclusive Access to the Historic Plantation Grounds
• Exclusive Access to the Historic 1720-1750 Summer Kitchen, Icehouse and Smoke House
• Ghost Hunting Session with our Professional Paranormal Team
• Use of our equipment or the allowance to bring your own
• Unlimited beverages available throughout the night including Coffee, Soda and Bottle Water
• Selection of snack

$75 per person

Advance Ghost Hunting Experience Package
Friday Night – SOLD OUT
Friday Night – STILL AVAILABLE (Limited)

Includes:

• Overnight Ghost Hunting from 7pm to 3am
• Exclusive Access to the Historic Mansion
• Exclusive Access to the Historic Plantation Grounds
• Exclusive Access to the Historic 1720-1750 Summer Kitchen, Icehouse and Smoke House
• Ghost Hunting Session with our Professional Paranormal Team
• Use of our equipment or the allowance to bring your own
• Unlimited beverages available throughout the night including Coffee, Soda and Bottle Water
• Pizza provided at arrival
• Selection of snack

$149 per person

VIP Ghosting Hunting Experience Package
Friday Night – SOLD OUT
Friday Night – SOLD OUT

Includes:

• Overnight Ghost Hunting from 7pm to 3am
• Overnight Stay
• Exclusive Access to the Historic Mansion
• Exclusive Access to the Historic Plantation Grounds
• Exclusive Access to the Historic 1720-1750 Summer Kitchen, Icehouse and Smoke House
• Ghost Hunting Session with our Professional Paranormal Team
• Use of our equipment or the allowance to bring your own
• Unlimited beverages available throughout the night including Coffee, Soda and Bottle Water
• Pizza provided at arrival
• Selection of snack
• Brunch at 10am on the following morning
• Check out at 12pm the following morning

$349 for one person in one room / $149 per additional person in same room
Only 4 rooms available.

Cancellation

You may cancel your tickets for a full refund on or before August 15th – After August 15th or no shows Tickets are non-refundable. You may sell your tickets, but you will need to inform Belle Grove of the change in advance of the event. Your new ticket holders must be informed of all rules and sign a waiver as well.

Dietary Concerns

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

 

October 2018

 

Not So Wicked Witch’s Tea Party

Sunday, October 28th
1pm

SOLD OUT

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
SOLD OUT

Deadline for purchase is Sunday, October 14th
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.

Dress Code

We encourage you to plan your outfit for our tea party. Good Witch or Bad Witch, show your creative side in your outfit! Prizes to be awarded for Best Witch Costume and Best Little Witch (children 12 and under). Please remember that there will be younger children at this party, so keep with the theme of Not So Wick (or scary) please!

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.

 

Halloween Ghost Hunting with Argos Paranormal

Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th
7:00pm to 3:00am

#1 Most Haunted Plantation, with exclusive access to the most haunted areas!

The Belle Grove Plantation is a location that both chills the bone and pleases the eye. As featured on SyFy’s Ghost Hunters, over three hundred years of rich history has left a haunting and eerie impression on the old plantation and the spirits of generations past still linger within the walls waiting to tell you their stories.

The property itself dates back to the late 1600’s where a tobacco plantation occupied approximately 1000 acres. Our fourth President, James Madison, Jr. was born on Belle Grove plantation and his mother’s family owned the property for many years. The land and current mansion have laid witness to the forging and growth of a nation from the Colonies to the American Revolution to the Civil War and beyond. There should be no surprise that the blood spilled upon the earth and the civil uprising would leave a lasting impression. But probably the most notable hauntings are those of the families who lived, loved and died on the land.

Full-bodied apparitions of Union Soldiers guarding the entrance, walking the grounds and lurking in the hallways have been witnessed by many guests and visitors. The Union Army used several plantations in the area as Headquarters, commandeering the homes from their Confederate owners. Due to the lack of bullet holes and the fact it wasn’t burned to the ground and that the Turner family relocated suggests that Belle Grove Plantation may have been one of these locations.

Guests have also seen and interacted with at least two ghost cats. Their vocal cries, brushing past people’s legs and even curling up on the pillow beside the guests as they sleep at night. The phantom felines are still seeking someone to scratch their ears.

The mischievous Jacob is a spirit of a small boy that many people have encountered. He likes to nick items from the kitchen, bounce balls up and down the hallway whilst guests are sleeping and hide around the corners. There have been EVPs (electronic voice phenomena) captured of the young boy by several paranormal investigators. Is he just looking for a good time? Perhaps you’d like to engage in a game of hide-and-seek with him!
Orbs, light anomalies, shadow figures, full-blown apparitions, lights turning on of their own volition, phantom whistling, disembodied voices—if you’re ready to experience a crossroads of spirits then the Belle Grove Plantation is waiting for you. The only question remains—are you brave enough to do a lone vigil with the Union Soldiers standing guard over the property?

Meet Our Paranormal Team – Argos Paranormal

Argos Paranormal is a team of investigators with a background in media and journalism with the knowledge and experience in the occult and paranormal who help individuals discover whether or not their location is the site of paranormal anomalies. The team has gained acclaim for their prior investigations at locations such as St. Albans Sanatorium, Gettysburg Battlefield, and various locations throughout the east coast through their former online video series, Haunted Republic, which has been featured on radio shows such as Jim Harold’s Campfire and Ghostly Insights Podcasts, Beyond Reality Radio, Real Paranormal Activity Podcast, and much more!

Their upcoming show, The Witching Hour, premiering later this year on Fairfax Public Access will go where no other paranormal show has gone before as the investigators of Argos Paranormal will be investigating locations that the locals fear and no other paranormal show has ever dared to investigate. These investigators will be pushing themselves to their max limits as they investigate locations at around 3am, also known as the witching hour, when paranormal activity is believed to be at an all-time high during the night.

Learn more about Argos Paranormal and their upcoming show by visiting: https://www.argosparanormal.com/

Tickets Packages
Special Note

This investigation isn’t one for young children. During our investigations, it is important to be still and quiet. We will allow ages 13 years and older at the same price as the adults. If you have smaller children who would like to participate, please consider our Ghost Hunt Tours which are from 9pm to 10:30pm. You can book your Ghost Hunt Tour from our Tour page.

Ghost Hunting Experience Package

Includes:

• Ghost Hunting from 8pm to 11pm
• Exclusive Access to the Historic Mansion
• Exclusive Access to the Historic Plantation Grounds
• Exclusive Access to the Historic 1720-1750 Summer Kitchen, Icehouse and Smoke House
• Ghost Hunting Session with our Professional Paranormal Team
• Use of our equipment or the allowance to bring your own
• Unlimited beverages available throughout the night including Coffee, Soda and Bottle Water
• Selection of snack

$75 per person

Advance Ghost Hunting Experience Package

Includes:

• Overnight Ghost Hunting from 7pm to 3am
• Exclusive Access to the Historic Mansion
• Exclusive Access to the Historic Plantation Grounds
• Exclusive Access to the Historic 1720-1750 Summer Kitchen, Icehouse and Smoke House
• Ghost Hunting Session with our Professional Paranormal Team
• Use of our equipment or the allowance to bring your own
• Unlimited beverages available throughout the night including Coffee, Soda and Bottle Water
• Pizza provided at arrival
• Selection of snack

$149 per person

VIP Ghosting Hunting Experience Package

Includes:

• Overnight Ghost Hunting from 7pm to 3am
• Overnight Stay
• Exclusive Access to the Historic Mansion
• Exclusive Access to the Historic Plantation Grounds
• Exclusive Access to the Historic 1720-1750 Summer Kitchen, Icehouse and Smoke House
• Ghost Hunting Session with our Professional Paranormal Team
• Use of our equipment or the allowance to bring your own
• Unlimited beverages available throughout the night including Coffee, Soda and Bottle Water
• Pizza provided at arrival
• Selection of snack
• Brunch at 10am on the following morning
• Check out at 12pm the following morning

$349 for one person in one room / $149 per additional person in same room
Only 4 rooms available.

Cancellation

You may cancel your tickets for a full refund on or before September 15th – After September 15th or no shows Tickets are non-refundable. You may sell your tickets, but you will need to inform Belle Grove of the change in advance of the event. Your new ticket holders must be informed of all rules and sign a waiver as well.

Dietary Concerns

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

 

November 2018

 

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, November 22nd
1pm

JUST 5 TICKETS LEFT!

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 tables. 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.

Menu

Turkey
Stuffing
Cranberry Sauce
Green Beans
Sweet Potato Soufflé
Whipped Mash Potatoes
Deviled Eggs
Rolls
Pecan Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Water or Iced Tea – Sorry, No coffee will be offered

Tickets
NOTE! For Large Groups, we only have tables with 8 places left. Any group large will have to be divided up.

Deadline for purchase is Sunday, November 11th
Advance Tickets for all ages – On or before October 31st – $50
Tickets for all ages – After October 31st – $60

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.

If we sell out of rooms and you would like to stay closed to Belle Grove Plantation, you may find a room at the Hampton Inn in Dahlgren. You need to call directly at 540-625-2333 and let them know when you book that you are coming to a Belle Grove Plantation Event. They should be able to give you a single King or double Queen for around $100.

 

December 2018

 

Holiday Tea

Saturday, December 8th and Saturday, December 15th
1pm

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.

After your Holiday Mansion Tour – VOTE for your favorite decorated room!

Tickets

Deadline for purchase (For December 8th date) Sunday, December 2nd and (For December 15th) date Sunday, December 9th
Advance Tickets – On or before November 11th – $40
Tickets – After November 11th – $50

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
If the weather causes a cancellation, a rain check for a private tea for the number of tickets you purchased will be issued. No refunds for weather cancellations.

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.

Tours

The Historic Mansion Tour is included as part of this event ticket. Our mansion will be dressed for the season. Each room has been selected by a special group to decorate. As you are touring, we encourage you to remember your favorite room. At the end of all tours during the month of December, we will be asking our tour guests to vote for their favorite room. The top 3 groups will win prizes for their efforts.

 

New Years Eve Masquerade Casino Night

Monday, December 31st
6pm

Hosted by the James Madison Belle Grove Foundation

The James Madison Belle Grove Foundation is hosting our Annual New Year’s Eve charity event – The James Madison Belle Grove Foundation Casino Masquerade Ball.

Belle Grove Plantation’s Masquerade Ball is famous for its intriguing party guests and excitement during the evening as everybody will show off their most fabulous masquerade masks and New Year’s party attire!

Food and Drink

Heavy hors d’oeuvres / 2 Ticket Drink Coupon per person with Cash Bar – General Admission Ticket / Unlimited Drinks – VIP Admission Ticket

Dress Code

The dress for the Casino Masquerade Ball is a masquerade mask and formal wear. Suit or Tux for the gentlemen and formal or cocktail dress for the ladies. We do ask the ladies not to wear spiked or pointed heal shoes during this event. Our historic floors are soft heart of pine floor and heels will damage them. If you would like to wear them, please purchase heal protectors to slide over heels to help us protect our floors.

Tickets

General Admisson Ticket – 2 Ticket Drink Coupon per person with Cash Bar – $75 per person
VIP Admission Ticket – Unlimted Drinks – $95 per person

Cancellation

You may cancel your tickets for a full refund on or before December 16th – After December 16th 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.

Dietary Concerns

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

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.

If we sell out of rooms and you would like to stay closed to Belle Grove Plantation, you may find a room at the Hampton Inn in Dahlgren. You need to call directly at 540-625-2333 and let them know when you book that you are coming to a Belle Grove Plantation Event. They should be able to give you a single King or double Queen for around $100.
 

New Year’s Day Good Luck Dinner

Tuesday, January 1st
1pm

After a fun filled night at our New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball, join us for New Year’s Day Good Luck Dinner.
According to Southern tradition that dates to the 1700s, this meal with Southern- Style Collard Greens, Black-eyed Pea, Cornbread, Hoppin’ John and Ham will bring you fortune in the year to come.

Belle Grove Plantation is a great place to share that special meal with your family and friends. New Year’s Day Good Luck Dinner is set in our historic mansion in a family style tables. Bring family and friends or make new friends as we break bread together.

Menu

Ham
Black-eyed Peas
Collard Greens
Rice
Rolls
Apple Pie
Water or Iced Tea – Sorry, No coffee will be offered

Tickets

Deadline for purchase is Sunday, December 23rd
Advance Tickets for all ages – On or before November 30th – $50
Tickets for all ages – After November 30th – $60

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,
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.

Dietary Concerns

Due to the number of people for New Year’s Day 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.