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, June 22nd

Saturday, August 3rd

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
Thursday, July 4th – 10am to 4pm

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.

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.

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

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 28th – $40.00
Tickets – After Sunday, July 28th – $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.




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 Dowbn, 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.


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 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.

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.

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


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.


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


This is not a formal event. Come comfortable!


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


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.


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 to receive your vendor application.


October 2019

To Be Announced Soon!

November 2019

To Be Announced Soon!

December 2019

To Be Announced Soon!