Belle Grove Plantation commemorates Juneteenth – Royal Examiner

Belle Grove Plantation will commemorate National Independence Day on June 19 with activities throughout the weekend and free admission on the federal holiday, Monday, June 20.

Belle Grove actively researches and interprets the site’s African American history and honors the lives of slaves and free. Some of their stories are featured in a monthly newsletter which can be found at virtual.bellegrove.org.

On Friday, June 17, from 6:30-8 p.m., Ranger Shannon Moeck of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park will present Life in the Borderland: The Limits and Possibilities of Freedom for Enslaved and Free Blacks. This 90-minute conference is free and will take place on the lawn of Belle Grove. He will discuss the opportunities for freedom for enslaved and free black people in the Shenandoah Valley in the 1800s. What was life like for those who were forced to live under the design of oppression? What possibilities existed in this region so close to the Free States? The guard will explore the answers to these and other questions.

On Sunday, June 19, from noon to 5 p.m., Belle Grove is thrilled to be part of the Winchester area’s inaugural Juneteenth celebration at the Shenandoah Valley Museum. This free event will feature live music, speakers, children’s activities, food trucks and admission to MSV galleries and special exhibitions.

On Monday, June 20, Belle Grove will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free admission. This includes tours of the mansion and the new permanent exhibit, Unearthing Enslaved Lives at Belle Grove. It presents the archeology carried out on the site of the slave quarters in 2015-2019. The 60,000 excavated artifacts and supporting archival research reveal details of the more than 270 men, women and children the Hite family enslaved at Belle Grove. They show how these individuals made a living despite the harsh conditions of slavery, and how their labors shaped the economy and history of the Shenandoah Valley.


About Belle Grove
Belle Grove Plantation is located on Route 11 at 336 Belle Grove Road, just south of Middletown, Virginia, and is conveniently located off of I-81 (exit 302) and I-66. Belle Grove Plantation is a non-profit historic house museum that is a National Trust for Historic Preservation Historic Site (www.savingplaces.org). It is also one of the legislated partners of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park (www.nps.gov/cebe).


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