Shenandoah Valley Enslavement Programs

2020 African American History 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.

Offered select Sundays

May - October
• Bonus Date: *Belle Grove opening day, Saturday, March 21 at 11:30 am - Cancelled due to Covid
• May 24 at 2:30 pm - Cancelled due to Covid
• June 21 at 2:30 pm - Cancelled due to Covid
• July 26 at 2:30 pm - Cancelled due to Covid
Tentative future dates. Check back to see what the status of programming is during the pandemic.
• August 16 at 2:30 pm
• September 20 at 2:30 pm
• October 18 at 2:30 pm
• Bonus Date: Inalienable Rights Saturday, November 7
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.
Joseph McGill Slave Dwelling Project Presentation
Joseph McGill, founder Slave Dwelling Project


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

Saturday, November 7, 2020, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Belle Grove Plantation will offer complimentary admission and feature special programming on the African American history of the site and of the Shenandoah Valley with speakers and special guests from The Slave Dwelling Project, Josephine School Community Museum, Shenandoah County Library and Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.

History at Sunset program
Saturday, November 7, 5:00 p.m.
Program still being developed....
Stay tuned.

Last updated: June 12, 2020

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