Belle GroveA Distinctive Destination
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A National Trust Historic Site, Belle Grove is located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley south of Middletown, Virginia. It includes a meticulously restored 1797 Manor House, built by Major Isaac Hite and his wife Nelly Madison Hite, sister of President James Madison.
Major Hite, grandson of Shenandoah Valley pioneer Jost Hite, expanded his original 483 acres to a prosperous 7,500-acre plantation, growing wheat, raising cattle and Merino sheep, and operating a large distillery and several mills. The site survived being the epicenter of the Civil War and continues its farming operations today.
In addition to touring the house, guests may visit the historic garden and 19th- and 20th-century outbuildings related to plantation life and farming operations. Belle Grove is a partner of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.
“The most splendid building west of the Blue Ridge.”Historian Samuel Kercheval
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