Shenandoah Valley Enslavement Programs

Maj. Isaac Hite, Jr. Commonplace Book

Belle Grove Plantation

Kneading in Silence: A Glimpse into the Life of the Enslaved Cook Judah

This 30 minute presentation discussing the life of Judah, the enslaved cook of Belle Grove. Purchased by the Hite's with her two young boys, Judah remained their cook until her death in 1836. This program will take place in the winter kitchen of the Belle Grove Manor House.
  • Sunday, May 26 at 2:30
  • Sunday, June 23 at 2:30
  • Sunday, July 28 at 2:30
  • Sunday, August 25 at 2:30
  • Sunday, September 22 at 2:30
  • Sunday, October 20 at 2:30

Gilbert Walker portraying an enslaved blacksmith at Belle Grove
Gilbert Walker, portraying an enslaved blacksmith at Belle Grove Plantation


Inalienable Rights:
Free & Enslaved Blacks Crafting A Life In The Shenandoah Valley

November 9, 2019

Currently working on schedule of events.

Belle Grove will honor its African-American history with demonstrations, interpretive programs, and talks. Admission is free of charge.

Belle Grove will present the history and experiences of African Americans at this site and in the Shenandoah Valley through living history demonstrations, talks, and National Park Service ranger programs.

Jerome Bias and Cheyney McKinght portraying enslaved cooks at Belle Grove
Jermone Bias and Cheyney McKnight portraying enslaved cooks at Belle Grove Plantation.


To learn about all ranger led programs and activities, please check out our calendar page.

Last updated: February 15, 2019

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