ECW Weekender: Belle Grove Plantation’s Battle of Cedar Creek Commemoration

Looking for something to do in Northern Virginia/Shenandoah Valley region this weekend? Although the Cedar Creek re-enactment was canceled earlier in the year due to security challenges, there’s still plenty to see, tour, and participate to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek (October 19, 1864).

Especially at Belle Grove Historic Plantation.

On Saturday October 20 and Sunday, October 21, 2018, Belle Grove will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the historic site is offering living history demonstrations, tours of the historic structure, ranger-led programs, an 1860’s weapon and flag exhibit, and Civil War era live music. A $5 admission fee will be charged for adults, but they can bring children under the age of twelve for free! (If you have a Belle Grove and National Trust for Historic Preservation membership, admission is free.)

Belle Grove (photograph from their website)

Belle Grove Manor House – originally built in 1797 by the Hite family – was used by General Sheridan during the Battle of Cedar Creek. With a wealth of military, civilian, and cultural history, this National Trust Historic Site on Cedar Creek battlefield offers a closer look at the history of the Civil War and how it affected the region and the lives of soldiers and civilians.

Schedule of Activities
Saturday, October 20
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Belle Grove Manor House and Museum Shop open
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Cedar Creek in a Box, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Ranger Program
11:30 a.m. Demonstration by 10th Virginia Volunteer  Infantry
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Cedar Creek in a Box, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Ranger Program
1:30 p.m. Demonstration by 10th Virginia Volunteer  Infantry
2:30 -3:00 p.m.  Cedar Creek in a Box, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Ranger Program
3:30 p.m. Demonstration by 10th Virginia Volunteer  Infantry

Sunday, October 21
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Belle Grove Manor House and Museum Shop open and live music by John Tole
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Cedar Creek in a Box, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Ranger Program
11:30 a.m. Demonstration by 10th Virginia Volunteer  Infantry
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Cedar Creek in a Box, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Ranger Program
1:30 p.m. Demonstration by 10th Virginia Volunteer  Infantry
2:00-2:30 p.m. Kneading in Silence, a Glimpse into the life Judah the Enslaved Cook, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Ranger Program (to take place on lower level of Manor House)
2:30-3:00 p.m. Update on Archaeological Investigations of the Belle Grove Enslaved Quarter Site (to take place on lower level of Manor House)

For additional information and security updates, please visit Belle Grove’s event page: http://bellegrove.org/calendar/cedar_creek_commemoration

For general information about visiting Belle Grove at other times during the year or for the house’s history, check their website: http://bellegrove.org/

About Sarah Kay Bierle

I’m Sarah Kay Bierle, historian, editor, and historical fiction writer. When sharing history, I try to keep the facts interesting and understandable. History is about real people, real actions, real effects and it should inspire us today.
This entry was posted in Emerging Civil War and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply