Belle Grove opens for the season

The slave cemetery at Belle Grove Plantation obtained its own signage last year and ties into a new exhibit focused on slavery at the historical site. Photo courtesy of Kristen Laise

The slave cemetery at Belle Grove Plantation obtained its own signage last year and ties into a new exhibit focused on slavery at the historical site. Photo courtesy of Kristen Laise

Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown will open for its 2016 season on Saturday.  New this year will be six exhibit panels about slavery at the plantation.

According to a news release, records from the Hite family at Belle Grove show they owned 276 slaves between 1783 and 1851. Research on the slave quarters and cemetery is underway by Belle Grove staff and volunteers. Information collected so far is shown on the exhibit panels, which will be on display in the Manor House.

Also new is Belle Grove’s Little Free Library, which is located in the parking lot.  The library was donated by Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area. Visitors can take or leave a book at the library.

On Saturday, admission will be discounted to $5 for visitors 12 and older. Students younger than 12 will be admitted free. Those wanting to purchase a membership, which includes free admission to the Manor House and a 1o percent discount in the Museum Shop, will receive $5 off the price on Saturday.

IF YOU GO

• Belle Grove Plantation is located off Route 11 at 336 Belle Grove Road in Middletown.

• Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

• Information: 540-869-2028 or www.bellegrove.org.

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