Give a gift from Belle Grove

Give the gift of history this holiday season. From the amateur to the professional, curate the perfect holiday gift by shopping at a local museum gift store or gallery.

Kristen Laise, executive director of Belle Grove in Middletown, encourages locals and visitors alike to support Belle Grove’s Museum Gift Shop.   The shop features unique gift items inspired by 18th- and early 19th-century Virginia plantation life. There’s also a wide selection of books about the Shenandoah Valley and its history.

“With our wide variety of giftables in the shop, guests are sure to find something for everyone on their Christmas lists,” Laise said.

A few of her favorites include Larkin Tea from Martinsburg, $10.99; Monastery Creamed Honey, $9.99; mugs from Westerwald Pottery, $20.99; Honey Pot, $30; and a custom tea pot made by Nenng Jhvari, $110.

Proceeds from the sales in the gift shop go back into the museum to support its preservation and continuing education.

Along with supporting the museum’s gift shop, guests are encouraged to celebrate the holiday season in December while Belle Grove is festively trimmed to the theme “Holiday Memories: A Celebration of Antique Toys.” There will be tours daily with tea and cookies served. Candlelight and live music on Friday and Saturday evenings, and on Sunday afternoon will provide entertainment for the whole family.

During December, guided tours of the Manor House will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The first tour starts at 10: 15 a.m. and last tour is at 3:15 p.m.

From 4 until 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. the Manor House will be open for self-guided tours with live music. Belle Grove will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Tickets: $12 for adults; $11 for National Park Service pass, seniors 60 and older,  AAA members and military personnel with ID; $6 for students 6-16, and for NTHP members with card. Children 5 and younger are free.