Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park, Middletown

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Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park preserves and interprets key historical sites and events related to the American Civil War and the rich cultural heritage of the Shenandoah Valley. This includes the Battle of Cedar Creek, a decisive October 19, 1864 Union victory, and Belle Grove, the antebellum plantation manor house of Isaac Hite, Jr. (brother-in-law of President James Madison).

A Partnership Park

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP is a "partnership park," in which the National Park Service works with several Key Partners to create and manage the park and its resources. These Key Partners are all non-profit or governmental organizations and include:

•The National Trust for Historic Preservation

•Belle Grove, Inc.

•Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation

•Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation

•Shenandoah County, Virginia

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP is also a park-in-development, created by Congress in 2002. Although there are over 3,700 acres within the park's authorized boundary, over half of this is still privately owned. Therefore, much of the battlefield is not accessible to the public. Nearly all of the remaining land (approximately 1,400 acres) and buildings are preserved and administered by the Key Partners.
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  • Because we could not enter the building due to Covid 19 we used the National Park Service guided tour app. We highly recommend this. The app synced perfectly with the numbered stops and gave us the...  more »
  • Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park spans over miles of rolling hills in northwest Virginia. From the contact/visitor center on Main Street, you can ride in the comfort of your...  more »
  • This is definitely an experience that people should take in no matter what perspective you have on the civil war. The only issue I can address is that nowhere on the rules or even posted when entering did it say a concealed carry firearm was prohibited. It is abundantly puzzling to me that a group that so uses the Constitution and the efforts towards keeping true with it would deny people coming their 2 amendment right to protect themselves. Big disappointment in the exclusion in this environment. Seems ironic and sad to me.
  • Always a great time! Good food, good service, casual atmosphere.

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