Here is a wonderful post about Belle Grove Plantation. You must see the picture!
James Madison was born on March 16, 1751 at Belle Grove Plantation located on the north side of the Rappahannock River near what is now Port Conway, Virginia. The original house burned (as houses of that era had a tendency to do) and the house that currently sits on the plantation is believed to have been built in about 1790 on top of the original basement.
Belle Grove Plantation was the childhood home of Madison’s mother, Nelly Conway Madison, and she went there to give birth to James, her first of twelve (yes…twelve) children. She lived to be 98 years old and resided at Montpelier most of her life – from James’ youth until her death in 1829.
Over the years the plantation has undergone several ownership changes and was purchased in 1998 by a family-owned Austrian company which seems to make industrial ovens and ice cream cone…
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