Come walk the grounds where President James Madison drew his first breath. Take in the grounds where James Madison’s mother, Eleanor Rose “Nelly” Conway Madison was born, grew up and returned to have James. Walk through the mansion that Union soldiers forced a family from to take it as a Union Headquarters. Stand in the bowling green where Union soldiers set up camp. View where John Wilkes Booth rode the ferry across the Rappahannock River on the way to Garrett’s Farm. Learn about the Union detachment pursuing John Wilkes Booth stopping to rest, eat and sleep at the plantation. Stand in the Grand Hallway where one of those officers slept.
As you walk through Belle Grove Plantation’s mansion, you will feel instantly transported back with our period antiques. Each room is filled with antiques that reflect a time in the history of this grand Southern plantation.
Our collection was started in April 2013 and has continued to grow. From pieces that were found in antique shopping trips to antique auction, each piece tells us a story of the past. Our collection include very special donated pieces from individuals who wish their pieces to be a part of this very grand landmark. Each of these donated pieces from our candelabras in the parlor to the pewter chess set in the library have come to us with very unique stories that will live on as part of Belle Grove Plantation.
Wednesday – Sunday 1:00pm to 4:00pm
No reservation required. Last Tour starts at 3:30pm
Our tours are a guided 45 minutes to 1 hour tour through the mansion. All rooms are open with the exception of those that are occupied by overnight guests or event spaces during that time. Grounds are open for self guided viewing with restrictions on the Caretakers home.
$15.00 – Adults
$10.00 – Children under 12
Free – Children under 4
Unable to make it during our tour hours? Call and schedule a private tour!
While we understand that not all can come during our tour hours, we do offer a private tour option when date and time is available. Private tours require at least 5 people and must be schedule ahead of time.
Adults – $30
Children – $20
We are sorry, but we do not offer discounts on Private Tours
Tickets are sold at the mansion. They may be purchased with a credit card or by exact cash. We do not maintain cash in the mansion.
While Belle Grove Plantation is a historic site and bed and breakfast, the mansion is also a private residence. We do not allow individuals to enter and wander around the mansion unaccompanied. The grounds are open only during tour hours. We would love to have you come and visit, but please respect our home and hours.
Belle Grove Plantation does strive to provide the best possible accessibility to the mansion and grounds to meet our visitors’ diverse abilities and needs. However tours at Belle Grove Plantation do involve a fair amount of standing, walking, and stairs. Chairs are provided within rooms for those that can not stand.
Is Belle Grove Plantation Haunted?
Many people and paranormal teams have tried to answer this question. Even the SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters has investigated. All that come away have the same answer . . . there is definitely something there.
We have seen apparitions. We have heard voices and sounds. We have seen a ball of light in broad daylight! We have photographs that just can’t be explained.
Now we are challenging you to find out for yourself!
Come join us as we discuss past experiences, share photographs, videos and EVPS (electronic voice phenomenon) and do our own paranormal investigation of the grounds.
Unlike most Ghost Walking Tours, we don’t just tell ghost stories. We go looking for evidence of our ghostly residents using paranormal investigative equipment. Our tour guides are a professional paranormal team, Fredericksburg Paranormal and Research Investigation. With years of experience investigating haunted location, they will guide you in learning how to investigate correctly and how to interpret results.
For more information on Fredericksburg Paranormal and Research Investigation please visit their website and Facebook page.
IMPORTANT! – Reservations need to be received by 3pm the day of the requested ghost tour. Any reservation requests received after 3pm the day of the tour, the reservation will not be scheduled. These are a paranormal investigation, not a history tour.
Rates – $25.00 per person
1.5 Hour Tour conducted Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9pm to 10:30pm.
Ghost Hunting Tours are not available during the month of December.
For those who are too scared to stay the night in our haunted house, try our Mini Paranormal Package, which includes
Two Belle Grove Plantation Ghost Hunting T-Shirts
Civil War Ghosts book by Michelle Hamilton
Three hour Paranormal Investigation with Fredericksburg Paranormal Research and Investigation
The Mini Paranormal Package is available for a limited time on:
Friday, February 19th and Saturday, February 20th – 8pm to 11pm
Parking is free and available on the left side driveway along the tree line.
Please email us at email@example.com or call 540-621-7340
Belle Grove Plantation Mansion and Grounds Tours will be closed in for the following dates due to Private Events or Holidays.
Monday, November 30th to Friday, December 4th (Closed to Decorate for the Holidays)
Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
Friday, January 1st (New Years Day)
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.
James Madison, George Washington and many more have walked these grounds. From the beginning history of America, Belle Grove Plantation has stood witness to it all. Touched by colonial expansion from Europe and by Civil War, Belle Grove Plantation has played a part in the creation of a nation.
Belle Grove Plantation offers group tours for 20 or less people.
$10.00 – for groups of 10 or more (minimum – 10)
Luncheons are available for an additional charge. Cost is determined by the catered menu.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule you group tour and to discuss luncheon options. We ask for at least two weeks advance reservations for groups.
Sharing the history of Belle Grove Plantation with students helps a new generation to come to understand what life was like at Belle Grove Plantation.
At this time, we are working on creating a program to offer a view into the life on a Southern Plantation.
We hope to offer this soon.