Monday, May 4, 2015

Belle Grove Plantation

Frederick County, Virginia 

Last month I spent a couple of days photographing in the northern Shenandoah Valley. Belle Grove is a late 18th century grain plantation owned by Major Isaac Hite and his wife Nelly Conway Madison, sister of President James Madison. In the fall of 1864, the plantation was the center of a major Civil War engagement known as the Battle of Cedar Creek.

Looking southwest from in front of the Manor House, this limestone overseers cottage was built around 1785.


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