A National Trust Historic Site, Belle Grove is located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley south of Middletown, Virginia. It includes a meticulously restored 1797 Manor House, built by Major Isaac Hite and his wife Nelly Madison Hite, sister of President James Madison.
Belle Grove identifies with ideas that were shaping architecture at the time. Like other period houses built in the Valley, the design shows Thomas Jefferson's influence from the Tidewater and Piedmont areas, and also Classical Revival elements, an architectural innovation of the day. The interior is distinguished by fine woodwork in a transitional style ranging from Georgian to Federal periods.
In addition to touring the house, guests may visit the historic garden and 19th- and 20th-century outbuildings related to plantation life and farming operations. Belle Grove is a partner of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.