Plan Your Visit
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP Visitor Contact Station is open.
The new exhibits feature the many stories related to the Shenandoah Valley's History.
The Visitor Contact Station located at 7712 Main Street, Middletown, VA is currently open to the public. Stop in to find out about the Park, the Partners, information about Self Guided Battlefield Driving Tours, pick up brochures, and to learn about things to do during the Spring of 2013.
To find out about hours of operation for the NPS, Belle Grove, Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, and Hupp's Hill Civil War Park, click here.
Plan your visit to Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park by following the links on this page. Located just outside of Middletown, Virginia, you will want to plan for a full day to visit the park and discover the story of the battle of Cedar Creek, the decisive battle than ended the Confederate hold on the Shenandoah Valley. Visit Belle Grove, the antebellum plantation home of Isaac Hite, where the lifestyle of the prosperous landowner is richly preserved even through the ravages of a Civil War. And don't leave without a visit to Middletown for shopping, refreshment and lodging.
A Partnership Park
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP is a "partnership park," in which the National Park Service works with several Key Partners to create and manage the park and its resources. These Key Partners are all non-profit or governmental organizations and include:
To be directed to the Partner Sites Information and Events page, click here...
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP is a park-in-development, only being created by Congress in 2002. Although there are over 3,700 acres within the park's authorized boundary, over half of this is still privately owned. Therefore, much of the battlefield is not accessible to the public. Nearly all of the remaining land (approximately 1,500 acres) and buildings are preserved and administered by the Key Partners.
This "partnership" also means that the park is essentially run by volunteers. The staffing levels are currently so limited that, at present there are no National Park Service operated visitor facilities (nor a seven-day-a-week operation at the Park headquarters). The Key Partners also have limited staffing, relying heavily on volunteers to provide visitor services.
Three sites, the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation Headquarters, Hupp's Hill Civil War Park and Belle Grove Plantation Manor House, are open to the public. All are good places to start learning the many stories of Cedar Creek, Belle Grove and the Shenandoah Valley (see Things to Do).
Did You Know?
The Union victory in the Battle of Cedar Creek (October 19, 1864), combined with the capture of Atlanta by Gen. Sherman in September, likely contributed to the reelection of President Abraham Lincoln in 1864.