August 28, 2005

Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown

I've been working on my photographs of Belle Grove and have finally posted them on my Civil War battlefields website. Belle Grove is a lovely old manor home in the Shenandoah Valley where the Battle of Cedar Creek was fought. The house has connections to Presidents Madison and Jefferson.

I also posted a page from a Civil War encampment at Belle Grove. There are some cute shots of a little girl taking hay to horses as well as some photos of reenactors in uniforms. I almost took a photo of a Civil War soldier talking on a cell phone in front of his SUV, but it didn't seem right! It was strange seeing soldiers haul cannons away on trailers behind their pickup trucks too.

Belle Grove is on the Valley Pike (U.S. route 11) between Strasburg and Winchester, VA. It's run by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. They close it during the winter although there are a few weekends when it's open for holiday-theme tours.

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