Thing to Do

Discover the Valley's African American History

A man and woman portray enslaved cooks preparing food in a restored 1800s kitchen.
Jerome Bias and Cheyney McKnight portraying enslaved cooks at Belle Grove Plantation


Talks and presentations uncover emerging discoveries and stories of enslaved and free African Americans. These stories help us uncover a rich and inclusive cultural history of the Shenandoah Valley. 

The park calendar lists upcoming programs. Check with our partners for programs and events at their properties or outside the park boundary.

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.

2022 Presentations

  • Sunday, March 20 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 24 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 15 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 12 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 3 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 21 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 4 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 16 at 2:30 p.m.

Unless otherwise noted, this program is free of charge but regular admission applies to tour the Manor House before the program (at 1:15 p.m.) or after the program (at 3:15 p.m.). Purchase admisson to tour the Manor House in the Welcome Center when you arrive. Visit Belle Grove Plantation » 

Life in the Borderland: The Limits & Possibilities of Freedom

This 90-minute presentation asks, what were the limits and possibilities of freedom for Shenandoah Valley’s enslaved and free blacks? How was life for those forced to live under the design of oppression? Explore with a ranger the answers to these and other questions. Some benches are provided but bringing your own lawn chair is suggested. 

2022 Presentations 

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Accessibility Information
Accessibility varies depending on the program location.

Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park

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Last updated: April 5, 2022