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.

  • May 27 at 1:30
  • June 10 at 2:30
  • July 15 at 2:30
  • August 5 at 2:30
  • August 18 at 2:30
  • September 16 at 2:30
  • October 14 at 2:30

Newspaper ad for slave sale from Cornelius Baldwin
Winchester Republican, November 22nd 1822

Not Just Black and White:
The Complexities of Enslavement in the Shenandoah Valley

Friday, August 31
6:00 p.m.
Belle Grove Plantation
336 Belle Grove Road
Middletown, VA 22645

This program explores the use of enslaved labor in the Shenandoah Valley. Learn how the settlement history, agriculture and iron industries shaped the use of slavery in this region. This program will take place at Belle Grove Plantation. Join Ranger Shannon Moeck for this stationary program. Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.
Slave Dwelling Project with Bloomsburg University Students Group Photo Oct. 2016
Slave Dwelling Project and Bloomsburg University, October 2016

Slave Dwelling Project Event at Belle Grove

November 10, 2018

A series of special programs and activities, to educate and enlighten the public on the experiences of the enslaved at Belle Grove. Includes living history, NPS ranger programs and more. Sponsored by the Belle Grove, the National Park Service, the Slave Dwelling Project, Bloomsburg University, Shenandoah University and Lord Fairfax Community College.

History at Sunset program on Saturday, November 10 – "Free at Last: The Complicated Road to Freedom for Emmanuel Jackson”

We are currently working on the full program schedule.

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

Last updated: May 3, 2018

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Middletown, VA 22645


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